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Laura Litvan

Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Co., during a Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2014.

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Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Co., during a Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2014.

Barra’s Testimony Found Wanting — Return Trip to Hill Promised

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra’s performance before two congressional panels is getting widely panned by lawmakers today, with many saying the top boss was too evasive in answering questions about faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths....

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Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

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Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

War of 1812 Invoked in Keystone Promotion of U.S.-Canadian Ties

Congressional backers of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline are pulling out the stops today, making the case that the pipeline could help the U.S. and its allies after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and sending a slew of  American veterans...

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(L-R) Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Jack N. Gerard, and Canada's Ambassador to the US Gary Doer during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Feb. 4, 2014, regarding the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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(L-R) Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Jack N. Gerard, and Canada's Ambassador to the US Gary Doer during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Feb. 4, 2014, regarding the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Landrieu Embracing Gas Exports: Eight of 23 Bids Boost Louisiana

Newly installed Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Mary Landrieu, who is one of this year’s most vulnerable incumbent Democrats, is wasting no time in embracing an emerging debate on exporting natural gas. The Louisiana lawmaker today is holding...

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Representative William "Bill" Shuster, a Republican from Pennsylvania and chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, left, speaks at the America on the Move: Investing in U.S. Infrastructure forum in Washington, D.C.

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Representative William "Bill" Shuster, a Republican from Pennsylvania and chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, left, speaks at the America on the Move: Investing in U.S. Infrastructure forum in Washington, D.C.

Shuster Slams Rival on Subsidies

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster is notching up the pressure on Art Halvorson, his Tea Party-backed Pennsylvania Republican primary challenger who has attacked the lawmaker as a big spender for pushing through big highway and water-project bills....

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Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, right, leaves as Senator John McCain, left, R-AZ, answers a question following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Sept. 2, 2013.

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Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, right, leaves as Senator John McCain, left, R-AZ, answers a question following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Sept. 2, 2013.

Graham’s Party Threat Minimal: Poll

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is close to side-stepping a runoff in his re-election bid, and none of his opponents in his contested Republican primary are catching on with voters, according to a poll out today. Graham has the...

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., at a news conference on Sept. 11, 2013.

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., at a news conference on Sept. 11, 2013.

Shuster’s Cash Haul Swamps Rivals — Tea Partier Digging into Pockets

Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster’s Republican primary challenge is starting to look like a tempest in a Tea Party pot. Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will report to the Federal Election Commission later today that he raised...

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A person walks near the office of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 11, 2013.

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A person walks near the office of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 11, 2013.

Alexander Aide Sidelined in Porn Probe

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who is facing a Tea Party-backed challenger in his 2014 Republican primary, announced today that his chief of staff, long-time Capitol Hill aide Ryan Loskarn, has been placed on leave as law enforcement agents probe...

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Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is interviewed in his office in this 2008 file photo.

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Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is interviewed in his office in this 2008 file photo.

Insurance Commissioner: Patience

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who rebuffed the Obama administration and isn’t letting his state’s residents keep canceled health-care policies, is urging patience with the Obamacare enrollment process. “This is in the early stages of enrollment,” he told the House...

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Rep. Michele Bachmann heads for a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 4

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Rep. Michele Bachmann heads for a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 4

Tea Party, Democrats Align on Trade — No Ground for White House

When Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, and Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, are aligned on an issue, the Obama White House takes note. That’s the case with the renewal of the president’s fast-track trade negotiating authority. A group of House...

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