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The Fisker Karma's solar roof, made by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., along with Asola of Germany during the Los Angeles Auto show on Nov. 29, 2012.

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The Fisker Karma's solar roof, made by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., along with Asola of Germany during the Los Angeles Auto show on Nov. 29, 2012.

China Billionaire Profits While U.S. Taxpayers Lose With Fisker

To hear the U.S. Department of Energy tell it, extracting $25 million for a busted loan to failed electric carmaker Fisker Automotive was a coup that cut the government’s loss to a more manageable amount. Now, a sizable chunk of...

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Emergency crews help injured passengers after Metro-North train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station on Dec. 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

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Emergency crews help injured passengers after Metro-North train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station on Dec. 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

NTSB: First Rule of Accident Club

The National Transportation Safety Board isn’t exactly one of Washington’s most powerful agencies. That becomes clear in the number of its recommendations that regulators ignore. One thing it can control is how its investigations are conducted. First rule of the...

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Conductor Claude Robinson stands on the Amtrak Acela platform at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

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Conductor Claude Robinson stands on the Amtrak Acela platform at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Amtrak Responds to Mica Beef With Food Efficiency Plan

Given where the news fits into the magnitude of events in Washington, the press-release headline “Amtrak Commits to End Food and Beverage Losses” could be translated as “Titanic’s Band Promises Fresher Music Selection on Future Cruises.” Unless you’re Rep. John...

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The California High-Speed Rail station in San Jose, California, is seen in this artist rendering released to the media on Feb. 14, 2011.

Source: California High-Speed Rail Authority via Bloomberg

The California High-Speed Rail station in San Jose, California, is seen in this artist rendering released to the media on Feb. 14, 2011.

Bullet Train to Nowhere: Reid at Wheel

The notion of building a bullet train through the desert from California to Las Vegas — so hot a few years ago that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid became the kingmaker of which of two projects might win U.S. funding...

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is greeted by his wife Samara at the end of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 22, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is greeted by his wife Samara at the end of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 22, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Foxx’s Welcome Mail Runneth Over

Somewhere inside the Department of Transportation, someone must be compiling naughty and nice lists. How else to explain the race by trade groups that do business with DOT agencies to be the fastest to send out congratulatory press releases after Anthony Foxx was...

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A passenger walks on the platform of the Metrorail train next to the air-traffic control tower at Reagan National Airport in Washington.

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A passenger walks on the platform of the Metrorail train next to the air-traffic control tower at Reagan National Airport in Washington.

Congressmen: Not My Tower

Few issues in Congress inspire more bipartisan agreement than the notion that every air-traffic control tower is indispensable, regardless of the amount of work controllers have to do. As Bloomberg News reported in November, Congress has for years pressured the...

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The Port of Baltimore in Maryland, which could be part of the strike on Dec. 29.

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The Port of Baltimore in Maryland, which could be part of the strike on Dec. 29.

Obama Dilemma: Anger Union Allies or Aggravate Cliff’s Recession

If faced with a choice between invoking a law union leaders once called the “slave-labor bill,” or aggravating a recession by allowing shipments of clothing, auto parts and other goods to stop at ports from Maine to Texas at the...

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