Electric power plants are the largest single source of global warming pollution in the country, responsible for nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. With sweeping climate legislation effectively dead in Congress, the decision on existing power plants — which a 2007 Supreme Court decision gave to the executive branch — has been among the most closely watched of Mr. Obama’s second term. The NY Times has more here.
|FBI Director Robert Mueller|
The acknowledgement came in response to questions from U.S. senators who said they wanted to know more about the federal government's increasing use of unmanned aircraft.
"Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on U.S. soil?" Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa asked during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
"Yes," Mueller said, adding that the use was in "a very, very minimal way and very seldom." Reuters.com has more here.
$7 Billion in Equipment to Be Scrapped By Military in Afghanistan - Facing a tight withdrawal deadline and tough terrain, the U.S. military has destroyed more than 170 million pounds worth of vehicles and other military equipment as it rushes to wind down its role in the Afghanistan war by the end of 2014.
The massive disposal effort, which U.S. military officials call unprecedented, has unfolded largely out of sight amid an ongoing debate inside the Pentagon about what to do with the heaps of equipment that won’t be returning home. Military planners have determined that they will not ship back more than $7 billion worth of equipment — about 20 percent of what the U.S. military has in Afghanistan — because it is no longer needed or would be too costly to ship back home. The Washington Post has more here.
DSCC officials called that monthly fundraising figure the best ever for the May of an off-year, and said the committee had “nearly $10 million on hand” at the month’s end.
The DSCC has outperformed its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, so far in 2013. Senate Democrats raised just over $17.2 million during the first four months of the year, while the NRSC took in $10.4 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Politico.com has more here.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raked in $6.1 million in the month of May, Roll Call reported Thursday.
Citing a committee aide, Roll Call noted that the latest haul helped the DCCC finish last month with $11 million in the bank and $2.1 million in debt. The May total was $700,000 more than the DCCC raised in April.
President Barack Obama headlined a number of fundraisers last month for both the DCCC and the Democratic National Committee.
Senate aides from both parties tell NBC News that the agreement would double the size of the border patrol and require 700 miles of border fencing. The group has also compromised on a serious of other issues, including the E-Verify program for businesses and benefits. MSNBC.com has more here.
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