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Senate committee questions Interior nominee on Alaska issues

President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Interior Department, REI chief executive Sally Jewell had her time before the Senate Energy committee today.

Scientists Are The New Kings (Or At Least Secretaries) At Energy Department

Scientists Are The New Kings (Or At Least Secretaries) At Energy DepartmentWith President Obama naming Ernest Moniz to be the nation's next energy secretary, he continued a relatively recent trend of putting scientists atop a part of the federal bureaucracy once overseen by political types.

The Sequester That Wasn’t Meant To Happen Begins

The Sequester That Wasn’t Meant To Happen BeginsWith President Obama's signing of the order to commence the sequester spending cuts of $85 billion from this fiscal year's federal budget, what was once unthinkable is now hard reality.

Murkowski meets with Interior nominee Jewell

Murkowski meets with Interior nominee JewellU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she had a good meeting with President Barack Obama's nominee for Interior secretary a week after she threatened to slow the nomination process.

House votes to block federal gun control regulations

House votes to block federal gun control regulationsThe Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that would make it a felony for federal agents to enforce new gun control measures within the state.

Defense Cuts May No Longer Be Political Sacred Cow

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that the automatic spending cuts due to hit the Pentagon and other branches of government next week will damage U.S. national security.

Sens. ask Obama to seek disaster aid for fishermen

Sens. ask Obama to seek disaster aid for fishermenA group of senators from New England, New York, Mississippi and Alaska is asking President Obama to request disaster aid for fisheries in their states.

Obama’s Call For Higher Minimum Wage Could Have Ripple Effect

Obama’s Call For Higher Minimum Wage Could Have Ripple EffectAfter more than five years of recession and painfully slow recovery, President Obama has sent a powerful signal that he thinks the U.S. economy is now in much better shape — good enough, at least, to provide workers with raises.

Dozens, Including Sierra Club Director, Arrested At White House Keystone Protest

Dozens, Including Sierra Club Director, Arrested At White House Keystone ProtestDozens of environmentalists were arrested, today, after they strapped themselves to the gate surrounding the White House.

Alaska’s delegation responds to the State of the Union

Alaska’s delegation responds to the State of the UnionPresident Barack Obama laid out his vision for the country last night that include new gun regulations … climate change legislation … and a new immigration policy.