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U.S., India reach agreement on nuclear power

- The Washington Times

President Obama announced a tentative agreement Sunday with India’s prime minister to open the country to U.S. firms investing in commercial nuclear power, a step that they said underscores improved bilateral relations.

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Keystone filibuster fails, pipeline poised for approval

- The Washington Times 17 minutes ago

The Keystone XL pipeline is closer than it's ever been to approval after the Senate overcame a Democrat-led filibuster Thursday and was headed for a final passage vote later in the day — setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has promised a veto.

Just-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the production line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia

- Associated Press

A failed U.S. government-backed plan to produce environmentally friendly energy in one of Africa's poorest countries was marred by insider connections and questionable planning, an Associated Press investigation found. The federal agency at the center of the deal is one of the government's biggest secrets and routinely escapes public scrutiny.

FILE - In this April 17, 2012, file photo, then National Economic Council Deputy Director Brian Deese speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama has chosen a veteran White House aide and deputy director in his budget office, Deese, to replace John Podesta as a senior adviser and presidential whisperer. The choice signals a generational change at the White House and a shift from a well-known Washington operative to trusted insider. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama taps longtime aide to replace Podesta in senior role

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama has chosen Brian Deese, a veteran White House aide and a deputy director in his budget office, to replace John Podesta as a senior adviser and presidential whisperer, White House officials said Wednesday.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston in this Dec. 4, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Hillary Clinton declines to take position on Keystone

- Associated Press

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday declined again to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, telling an audience in Canada that she would not express her views because of an ongoing review by the State Department.

In this Feb. 21, 2012 file photo, oil field equipment silhouetted against the sky near Medicine Lodge, Kan. Plunging crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in places like Kansas, where the industry is dominated by smaller, independent operators who depend more heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay for drilling new ones. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Schlumberger cutting 9,000 jobs

Associated Press

Oil services provider Schlumberger Ltd. says it is cutting 9,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a joint press conference with Pakistani prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Kerry praised the Pakistani military's operation against militants in the country's northwest, saying the results are "significant." (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

U.S. pushes Bulgaria on energy dependence, corruption

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Bulgaria on Thursday to wean itself from its near-total dependence on Russia for energy and calling for the NATO member to boost anti-corruption efforts.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, joined by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., heads to a meeting of House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Ryan, the party's last vice presidential nominee, said this week that he will not seek the presidency in 2016 and will work to shape GOP policy as head of the powerful Ways and Means panel. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Paul Ryan kills gas tax idea

- The Washington Times

Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, ruled out Thursday the possibility of the House taking up a bill to raise the gasoline tax to pay for highway projects, and idea that has been floated by Senate Republicans.