Barbara Boxer pushes forward on “planetary emergency”

Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., formally introduced their fee-and-dividend climate bill Thursday,as you learned here Wednesday. The press conference featured several environmental activists who were arrested at the White House Wednesday, part of a push for a big climate rally in Washington Sunday. Also on Thursday the Government Accountability Office added climate  

Esty sends gun-control Valentines

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Cheshire, whose congressional district includes Newtown, kicked off a Valentine’s Day lobbying campaign to press her House and Senate colleagues to adopt gun-control legislation.
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Himes gets choice Intelligence Committee post

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes has won a seate on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The posting, to be announced later today by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, is something Himes has expressed great interest in, and he’s psyched to get it.
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Obama talks tough on climate & proposes ‘drilling for clean energy’ program

An emboldened, second-term President Obama on Tuesday made clear that if lawmakers don’t tackle climate change, he will do an end run around Congress and use his executive powers to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. The commitment — delivered during Obama’s fourth State of the Union address — shed more light on  
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Analysis: Lots of sticks, not too many carrots from Obama at State of the Union

He opened with a populist rallying cry about corporate profits being “at all-time highs” while middle-class incomes “have barely budged.” He closed with a battle cry for gun control, in the name of the dead children of Newtown, the gravely injured former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and a Chicago high school majorette who loved Fig Newtons  
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Top ten moments from the State of the Union

It was a speech long on rhetoric, with dramatic moments and long dry stretches. Here are ten memorable moments from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: 1. High drama: The pervasive presence of gun violence victims President Obama didn’t talk for long about gun-related legislation — and he waited until the end of […]
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Himes likes Obama’s focus on jobs, education, infrastructure

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Greenwich, gave President Obama high marks Tuesday for the president emphasis on jobs, infrastructure and education in his State of the Union speech.
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Newtown looms over State of the Union

Painful memories of the Newtown, Conn., massacre loomed over President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. A Newtown audience of honored guests sat high in the gallery, looking down on Congress as Obama urged the lawmakers to enact new laws on firearms.
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