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Daily Archives: June 21, 2012


The Pleasants Power Station operated by Allegheny Energy is one of several coal-fired power plants that operate along the Ohio River.

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The Pleasants Power Station operated by Allegheny Energy is one of several coal-fired power plants that operate along the Ohio River.

Rockefeller’s ‘Harsh’ Rhetoric on Coal Surprises Industry

West Virginia Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller took aim at one of his state’s biggest industries, criticizing coal-industry executives, who “pine for the past.” Rockefeller offered his criticisms in the run-up to a vote yesterday in the Senate on a resolution to scrap regulation...

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A U.S. Air Force Joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) soldier on patrol in a remote village in Kunar's Pech River Valley.

Photograph by Sebastiano Tomada/Sipa USA AP Images

A U.S. Air Force Joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) soldier on patrol in a remote village in Kunar's Pech River Valley.

McCain Opens Door to Revenue Hike to Avoid Defense Cuts

Republican Senator John McCain signaled support today for some kind of revenue boost to avoid automatic defense cuts slated to take effect in January. Citing a Republican deficit-reduction plan last year that included new tax revenue, McCain said, “That could...

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Mitt Romney at his last campaign rally in Holland State Park on June 19, 2012 in Holland, Michigan.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Mitt Romney at his last campaign rally in Holland State Park on June 19, 2012 in Holland, Michigan.

Bain & Co. — Not Bain Capital — Opening Washington Office

Bain & Co. Inc., a Boston-based management consulting firm, is coming to Washington at the same time a similarly named company, the private equity firm Bain Capital LLC, is very much in the news. The two share the same name...

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A banner with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney prior to the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) conference in Orlando.

Photograph by Alex Menendez/AP Photo

A banner with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney prior to the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) conference in Orlando.

The Obama-Romney Florida Ebb and Flow

Can you say, “Hanging Chads?” Hopefully for all concerned — as well as the Republic in general — the 2012 presidential election won’t replicate the 2000 race and hinge on a torturous, prolonged recount in the Sunshine State. But we...

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will.i.am performs at the American Giving Awards in Los Angeles.

hotograph by Mark Davis/Getty Images for American Giving Awards

will.i.am performs at the American Giving Awards in Los Angeles.

Making Sweet Music Together

Burt Bacharach and will.I.am of the Black Eyed Peas both make music, though that’s about the only thing they have in common. Until now. Both men are among the donors to the joint fundraising committee supporting President Barack Obama’s re-election...

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Cooling off with a sprinkler on the National Mall in front of the Washington Monument.

Photograph by Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Cooling off with a sprinkler on the National Mall in front of the Washington Monument.

Washington Daybook: Bringing the Heat

On the first full day of summer, temperatures in Washington are forecast to top 100 degrees today, and as President Harry S. Truman used to day, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. The U.S. Supreme...

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Two men with their marriage license after their wedding ceremony at the Manhattan City Clerk's office in New York.

Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg

Two men with their marriage license after their wedding ceremony at the Manhattan City Clerk's office in New York.

Obama Endorsement of Gay Marriage Prompted Campaign Cash Wave

Money poured into President Barack Obama’s campaign coffers as he announced his support for gay marriage, making May 9 one of the top fundraising days of his re-election effort. New Federal Election Commission reports show his campaign collected $1.8 million, more...

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