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In another blow to the Obama administration's regulatory agenda, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the EPA's regulations limiting carbon emissions. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court halts Obama carbon emissions rule

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court halted the EPA’s major anti-global warming initiative late Tuesday evening, dealing a major blow to President Obama’s hopes of overseeing a green energy transition in his final year in office.

Swiss Police walk outside the congress center on the eve of the opening of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Anxiety in the air as Davos World Economic Forum kicks off

- Associated Press

A prevailing sense of anxiety was in the air in the Swiss ski resort of Davos as the World Economic Forum kicked off Wednesday with delegates fretting about the turbulence in financial markets, slowdown in China and plunging oil prices.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is making overtures to Middle Eastern powers regarding expanded trade. (Associated Press)

China moves to supplant U.S. as key foreign power in Middle East

- The Washington Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday for the first stop on a closely watched tour that will include visits to Egypt and Iran, as Beijing pushes to widen its access to Middle East oil and potentially supplant Washington as the most influential foreign power operating in the tumultuous region.

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Rep. Lamar Smith and other Republicans claim that the EPA's objectivity in assessing Alaska's Pebble Mine was suspect at best. (Associated Press)

EPA email trail reveals Alaska Pebble Mine plot

- The Washington Times

It didn't take long for Thursday's House committee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's role in blocking the Pebble Mine to start sounding less like a congressional probe and more like the plot of a Michael Crichton thriller.

President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla., on March 22, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama rejects request to suspend Keystone pipeline review

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Wednesday retained his authority to make the final call on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rejecting pleas to delay the State Department's review of the project and sparking a backlash among critics who say the administration's decision-making process has been corrupted by politics.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent and Democratic presidential candidate, speaks in Manchester, N.H., on Oct. 30, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Bernie Sanders, environmental activists look to end drilling on federal lands

- The Washington Times

Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders on Wednesday proposed halting all fossil-fuel development on federal lands as part of a broader plan to fight global warming -- but the Vermont independent remains stunningly silent on whether he'll go "carbon neutral" and take steps to curb his own campaign's greenhouse-gas emissions.

American Lung Association officials admit their broader strategy has morphed during President Obama's time in the White House, saying they recognize significant "policy opportunities" that come with a president who has vowed to make climate change a centerpiece of his final years in office. (Association Press)

American Lung Association pushes Obama climate change agenda

- The Washington Times

The American Lung Association -- formerly best known for its highly successful antismoking initiatives -- in recent years has undergone a dramatic transformation and now lends its respected voice and identifiable brand to President Obama's climate change agenda, often acting in lockstep with environmental activists and liberals on Capitol Hill.

President Obama is promoting a platform of executive actions and private sector commitments to accelerate America's transition to cleaner sources of energy. Republicans, however, say his plan will ultimately bring Americans higher power costs. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Business groups join fight to combat Clean Power Plan

- The Washington Times

The battle over the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan heated up Monday as pro-business groups staked out their case against the newly published rule that mandates a massive reduction in carbon emissions in the next 15 years, arguing that it will jack up energy costs and slash jobs without making a dent in greenhouse gases.