Ryan pulls plug on House GOP bid to restore earmarks

WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders on Wednesday halted a bid by some GOP lawmakers to restore earmarks, those congressional directives that steer funds to specific projects back home. Read more

Rule to limit gas 'flaring' at drilling sites OK'd

WASHINGTON - With two months left in President Barack Obama's term, his administration issued a rule Tuesday intended to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public lands. Read more

Obama administration sets rules for future Arctic drilling

WASHINGTON - With no new drilling planned in the Arctic waters off Alaska, the Obama administration is setting rules to ensure that any future energy exploration in that area meets safety and environmental standards. Read more

Jewell: Oregon takeover among several threats to West

WASHINGTON — An armed takeover of an Oregon national wildlife refuge is part of a disturbing “extreme movement” to seize public... Read more

Report: Calls to VA suicide hotline went to voicemail

WASHINGTON (AP) - A suicide hotline operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs allowed crisis calls to go into voicemail, and callers did not always receive immediate assistance, according to a report by the agency's internal watchdog. Read more

Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it's a blame game

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government officials fought on Wednesday over who was to blame for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, at a combative congressional hearing that also pitted Democrats against Republicans. Joel Beauvais, acting water chief for the U.S. Read more

US seeks to limit methane gas 'flaring' at drilling sites

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on... Read more

Benghazi prober: Clinton showdown about facts

WASHINGTON - Rep. Trey Gowdy is a man under fierce pressure as he leads a congressional Benghazi investigation that's dismissed by Democrats as partisan and even questioned by some fellow Republicans. No matter. Read more

Gowdy defends Benghazi panel after latest GOP criticism

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House committee investigating the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, forcefully defended the panel’s... Read more

Senate panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

WASHINGTON - The Senate Banking Committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, the latest sign of congressional support for legislation that President Barack Obama opposes. Read more

Clinton camp urged ex-State Dept. employee to testify

WASHINGTON — Aides to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton urged a former State Department employee who helped set up... Read more

Farm bill includes payments to rural counties for federal land

WASHINGTON - The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can't tax. Read more

House set to OK bills to speed oil, gas drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House is considering three energy bills aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas. Read more

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