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NHL takes aim at climate change

washingtonexaminer.com — The National Hockey League is going carbon neutral in an effort to put global warming on ice. The NHL announced a partnership Thursday with energy services firm Constellation in which the league would buy enough renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets to match its 550,000 metric tons of carbon emissions through the current season.
Dec 18, 2014

"The National Hockey League is going carbon neutral in an effort to put global warming on ice." is.gd/OJT6P9

Dec 18, 2014

RT @zcolman: The @NHL is going carbon neutral in an effort to put global warming on ice: washex.am/1wnasCZ

Dec 18, 2014

The @NHL is going carbon neutral in an effort to put global warming on ice: washex.am/1wnasCZ

FMCS hired director's old employer to do legal work despite ethics pledge

washingtonexaminer.com — Officials at an obscure federal agency with a history of steering contracting dollars to its own staffers and their friends hired its director's immediate past employer, then tried to hide it.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @lukerosiak: FMCS hired law firm where its director was a partner, despite OGE ethics agreement; hid it from contracting database washingtonexaminer.com/fmcs-hired-dir…

Dec 18, 2014

FMCS hired law firm where its director was a partner, despite OGE ethics agreement; hid it from contracting database washingtonexaminer.com/fmcs-hired-dir…

VA praised disgraced contract official who went on to top Treasury job

washingtonexaminer.com — A top Veterans Affairs official who steered millions of dollars of federal contract work to friends and lied about it to investigators was publicly praised by the VA as she left the agency to take an even bigger job at the Treasury Department.
Dec 18, 2014

VA knew exec had broken rules to steer $13M to friend+lied about it.It praised her+helped her get top job at Treasury washingtonexaminer.com/va-praised-dis…

Dec 18, 2014

Blasted by IG for procurement abuse, top VA exec goes to Treasury to manage procurement! #pjnet #tcot bit.ly/1zypnex

Dec 18, 2014

Blasted by IG for procurement abuse, top VA exec goes to Treasury to manage procurement! #news #media bit.ly/1zypnex

Rand Paul: Opening up relations with Cuba a 'good idea'

washingtonexaminer.com — Republican Sen. Rand Paul said he supports President Obama's push to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying the United States' half-century policy of isolationism toward the communist nation "just hasn't worked." "I think that probably opening up Cuba is a good idea," the Kentucky lawmaker told radio station 800 WVHU in Huntington, W.Va., on Thursday.

Hollywood, White House stunned by North Korea's apparent victory over Sony

washingtonexaminer.com — Confusion and fear reign supreme as the White House and Hollywood come to grips with Sony Pictures agreeing this week to shelve a movie indefinitely over reported threats from North Korea. President Obama believes it is up to Sony whether it pulls "The Interview," a comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong Un, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @dcexaminer: Hollywood, White House stunned by North Korea's apparent victory over Sony washex.am/1wnZm0J

House cybersecurity chairman warns: First Sony, next the electric grid, Wall Street

washingtonexaminer.com — The House cybersecurity chairman Thursday raised the specter that nation-state hackers like Iran and North Korea, linked to the attack on Sony Pictures, could hit the nation's electric grid, Wall Street and even the federal government next. Rep.
Dec 18, 2014

@RepMeehan sez sign the bill! House cyber chair: First Sony, next the electric grid, Wall Street washingtonexaminer.com/house-cyber-ch… via @dcexaminer

The motivation behind GOP leaders' push to pass CRomnibus in the lame duck

washingtonexaminer.com — Congressional Republicans face tough fights early next year, prompting their leadership to complete 2014 business this month rather than waiting until they assume more power in January. Funding for the Homeland Security Department, carved out of the compromise "CRomnibus" spending bill that passed Congress earlier this month, expires on Feb.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @DavidMDrucker: For new GOP Congress, pressure to meet big legislative deadlines begins almost immediately: m.washingtonexaminer.com/the-motivation…

Dec 18, 2014

For new GOP Congress, pressure to meet big legislative deadlines begins almost immediately: m.washingtonexaminer.com/the-motivation…

Dec 18, 2014

Why did GOP leaders (& most rank-file) push so hard 4 #CRomnibus? Look at stack of deadlines they face in 2015: m.washingtonexaminer.com/the-motivation…

White House puts off climate change announcement

washingtonexaminer.com — The Obama administration will delay a long-awaited announcement on plans to reduce emissions of a potent greenhouse gas until at least January, an Environmental Protection Agency official told the Washington Examiner. Federal agencies spanning the EPA and Energy, Interior and Transportation departments have been working on a broad plan addressing methane, a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

House cyber chair warns: First Sony, next the electric grid, Wall Street

washingtonexaminer.com — The House cyber security chairman Thursday raised the specter that nation-state hackers like Iran and North Korea, linked to the attack on Sony Pictures, could hit the nation's electric grid, Wall Street and even the federal government next. Rep.
Dec 18, 2014

House cyber chair warns: First Sony, next the electric grid, Wall Street washingtonexaminer.com/house-cyber-ch… via @dcexaminer

Politico's Mike Allen apologized for questions that upset Bill Clinton staffers

washingtonexaminer.com — Politico's chief White House reporter Mike Allen apologized to Bill Clinton and his staff after asking the former president unexpected questions, according to the New York Times. I had misunderstood the parameters, and I'm very sorry about that, Allen told the Times in a story posted Thursday.
Dec 18, 2014

Afraid of losing access? Politico's Mike Allen apologizes* for asking Clinton "unexpected questions" washingtonexaminer.com/politicos-mike…

Dec 18, 2014

Reporter asks basic questions of former president then apologizes for upsetting the staffers washingtonexaminer.com/politicos-mike…

Census Bureau wants to stop tracking marriage and its effect on the U.S.

washingtonexaminer.com — If the Census Bureau has its way, the government will no longer monitor statistical trends about marriage. Members of Congress and agencies rely on demographic data to shape policy.

Dismal: Harry Reid's Senate took 657 votes, but passed just 25 laws

washingtonexaminer.com — New statistics from C-SPAN detailing the activity in the Senate over the past two years appears to defy the 113th Congress' reputation as "do-nothing." The public service cable operation that covers the Senate and House gavel to gavel found that the total number of roll call votes taken in the Senate actually increased over the 112th Congress, which served from 2011-2013.
Dec 18, 2014

Dismal: @CSPAN stats show Reid's Senate took 657 votes over two years, but passed just 25 laws washingtonexaminer.com/dismal-harry-r… via @dcexaminer

Pew: No more privacy on the Internet

washingtonexaminer.com — A remarkable and sobering new analysis of Internet privacy being released Thursday finds that a majority of the world's cyber experts believe that keeping secrets on the Web will be "a luxury," and that the public will eventually accept it as the "new default."

EPA enforcement cost businesses $10.3 billion in 2014

washingtonexaminer.com — The Environmental Protection Agency, under GOP fire for handing down expensive penalties and bulking up on unreasonable rules, on Thursday put the price tag of its actions against polluters at over $10 billion this year alone. The total cost was slightly more than $10.3 billion.
Dec 18, 2014

EPA enforcement cost businesses $10.3 billion in 2014 washex.am/1x2Cw0B

Washington governor proposes cap-and-trade

washingtonexaminer.com — Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a cap-and-trade emissions plan Wednesday that would apply to the state's largest industrial polluters in a sweeping attempt to slow the Emerald State's contribution to global warming. Under the plan, which must be approved by the state legislature, polluters would pay for every ton of carbon dioxide they put into the air.

Mississippi voters stagger Thad Cochran --- and K Street

washingtonexaminer.com — "I guess Mississippi doesn't want Federal money anymore," revolving-door K Streeter John Feehery posted on Twitter last week. Republican primary voters had just declined to renominate Sen. Thad Cochran, the Republican pork king, and instead forced him into a runoff that he's likely to lose.

Pew: Internet privacy will soon be 'a luxury,' cyber snooping the 'new default'

washingtonexaminer.com — A remarkable and sobering new analysis of Internet privacy being released Thursday finds that a majority of the world's cyber experts believe that keeping secrets on the Web will be "a luxury," and that the public will eventually accept it as the "new default."
Dec 18, 2014

Pew: Internet privacy will soon be 'a luxury,' cyber snooping the 'new default' washingtonexaminer.com/pew-internet-p… via @dcexaminer

Vermont drops plan to enact single-payer healthcare system

washingtonexaminer.com — Vermonters will not be part of a single-payer healthcare system. Gov. Peter Shumlin had hoped to create the first state-based single-payer system in 2017, but skepticism from both state lawmakers and constituents has halted the idea. "This is not the right time" for enacting single payer, Shumlin said in a statement.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @JGreenDC: Couldn't afford it RT @dcexaminer: Vermont drops plan to enact single-payer healthcare system bit.ly/1r2NlwJ

Officials don't know if U.S.-funded efforts for Afghan women are working

washingtonexaminer.com — Although the U.S. government has dedicated more than $1 billion to improving the plight of Afghan women in the past three years, officials can't determine if the investment has produced positive results because none of the agencies involved can account for all their programs. Hundreds of programs from the Department of Defense, Department of State and the U.S.
Dec 18, 2014

The government has so many programs for Afghan women that it lost count...but don't ask if they're actually working washex.am/1x2hChU

Dec 18, 2014

Has the $1 billion the government gave to Afghan women actually done anything? The feds have no idea, report says washex.am/1x2hChU