Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON | Another Keystone XL setback: environmental review ordered

WASHINGTON  — In a setback for the Trump administration, a federal judge has blocked a permit for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and ordered officials to conduct a new environmental review. Environmentalists and tribal groups cheered the ruling by a U.S. district judge in Montana, while President Donald Trump called it … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Another Keystone XL setback: environmental review ordered

WASHINGTON | Democrats vow action on gun control after Calif. shooting

WASHINGTON — Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings, including a late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people. Measures including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons are likely to reach the House floor when Democrats retake control after eight years … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats vow action on gun control after Calif. shooting

WASHINGTON | Patagonia endorses Democrats Tester, Rosen in Senate races

WASHINGTON  — Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia jumped into two competitive Senate races Friday, endorsing Democrats Jon Tester of Montana and Jacky Rosen of Nevada in what the company called its first foray into elective politics. The company described Tester and Rosen as champions of public lands and the outdoor industry. Tester is seeking a third … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Patagonia endorses Democrats Tester, Rosen in Senate races

WASHINGTON | Housing official caught up in dispute with Interior resigns

WASHINGTON — A political appointee who was caught up in a dispute between the departments of Interior and Housing and Urban Development has resigned. Assistant HUD secretary Suzanne Israel Tufts was tapped to lead an internal watchdog agency at Interior, but instead has left government. A HUD official announced her resignation Friday, a week after … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Housing official caught up in dispute with Interior resigns

WASHINGTON | South Carolina lawmakers to Trump: Save nuclear fuel project

WASHINGTON — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and the state’s congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to reconsider his administration’s plan to shut down a half-built nuclear fuel facility in their state. A federal appeals court last week allowed the Energy Department to go forward with plans to close the multibillion-dollar facility at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | South Carolina lawmakers to Trump: Save nuclear fuel project

WASHINGTON | Interior contradicts Ben Carson on hiring of new watchdog

WASHINGTON — Contradicting a claim by a Cabinet secretary, the Interior Department says a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development will not be reassigned to lead an internal watchdog agency at Interior. Spokeswoman Heather Swift says in a statement Thursday that an email sent by HUD Secretary Ben Carson last week … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Interior contradicts Ben Carson on hiring of new watchdog

WASHINGTON | Trump to allow year-round sales of high-ethanol gasoline

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump to allow year-round sales of high-ethanol gasoline

WASHINGTON | Security stepped up at Capitol amid Kavanaugh controversy

WASHINGTON— The impassioned fight over whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has led to heightened security at the Capitol, with some senators using police escorts to shield them from protesters eager to confront them. Capitol police have arrested dozens of people in recent days for unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings. Police … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Security stepped up at Capitol amid Kavanaugh controversy