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Russell "Russ" Girling, president and chief executive officer of TransCanada Corp., right, speaks with workers during a media event at the TransCanada Corp. Houston Lateral Project pipe yard in Mont Belvieu, Texas, on March 5, 2014.

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Russell "Russ" Girling, president and chief executive officer of TransCanada Corp., right, speaks with workers during a media event at the TransCanada Corp. Houston Lateral Project pipe yard in Mont Belvieu, Texas, on March 5, 2014.

TransCanada Sees ‘Arm’s-Length’ Pipeline Review by Kerry, Obama

After more than five years, President Barack Obama’s administration has yet to decide on TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, with the State Department weighing U.S. approval. In all that time, company Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling says he’s...

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, takes a video using a Motorola Solutions Inc. Moto X smartphone during an event at the Flextronics International Ltd. factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, takes a video using a Motorola Solutions Inc. Moto X smartphone during an event at the Flextronics International Ltd. factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

Perry, Texas Salesman-in-Chief: ‘Have Not’ Decided about 2016

The Dow was down 44 points. Gov. Rick Perry was up for a live chat @SquawkStreet. The financial cable network, CNBC, was touting Texas as “pro-business,” the message that the retiring Republican governor has been carrying around the country under...

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A towboat moves along the Ohio River with 15 barges loaded of 30,000 tons of coal in West Virginia.

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A towboat moves along the Ohio River with 15 barges loaded of 30,000 tons of coal in West Virginia.

Coal Warriors Call Truce as Industry Mingles Along Potomac

On a muggy evening along the Potomac River in the nation’s capital, a temporary truce was called in the “War on Coal.” Instead of bombardments, it was an open bar, roving trays of melon wrapped in prosciutto and plentiful shrimp and...

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Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, following a discussion at the Uber Technologies Inc. office in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2014.

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Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, following a discussion at the Uber Technologies Inc. office in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2014.

Rubio’s Rising Tea Party Tide

Written with Jonathan Salant — updated at 2 pm, May 13 A political career is all about choices. With the stances one takes, the votes one casts, the more that accrues in the public record, the less any political player...

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

Keystone Vote Slipping Away: Hoeven

Keystone supporters in the Senate say they’re seeing their chance slipping away to get colleagues on record on the long-stalled oil-pipeline project. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised supporters, including Republican Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Democratic Sen....

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Coal on barges be pushed down the Ohio River in West Virginia.

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Coal on barges be pushed down the Ohio River in West Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 3,027

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and three groups aiding his re-election campaign in Kentucky have together aired pro-coal ads 3,027 times. On the Senate floor and on the hustings, Republican McConnell is emphasizing his efforts to protect the state’s struggling...

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Destroyed houses and palm trees in Sulyan Village on the coastline of Eastern Samar, the Philippines, on Nov. 20, 2013, after Super Typhoon Haiyan.

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Destroyed houses and palm trees in Sulyan Village on the coastline of Eastern Samar, the Philippines, on Nov. 20, 2013, after Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Climate Change: Here and Now — What Next?

“The assessment is clear.” – President Barack Obama. “Not only is climate change a problem in the future,” the president said in an interview aired today by CBS News. “It’s already affecting Americans.” The climate report ordered by Congress and...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), left, during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour, at the U.S. Capitol on April 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), left, during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour, at the U.S. Capitol on April 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Minimum Wage: Paying for It

For all the reluctance of Republican leaders to talk about raising the federal minimum wage, Sen. Chuck Schumer, third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, suggests a compromise is possible. It may cost the senator’s party, however. In the inimitable ways of...

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