GOP mines coal-country anxieties – POLITICO.com

Republicans believe there are three words so powerful that they might reshape the political order in an economically beleaguered corner of the country: War on coal. With Democrats holding total control of the federal government and a cap-and-trade bill still looming, the GOP is fanning widespread coal country fears that the national Democratic Party is […]

Congress raises debt ceiling to $12.4 trillion – AP

The Senate voted Thursday to raise the ceiling on the government debt to $12.4 trillion, a massive increase over the current limit and a political problem that President Barack Obama has promised to address next year. The Senate’s rare Christmas Eve vote, 60-39, follows House passage last week and raises the debt ceiling by $290 […]

Carrots for Khartoum – by Faith J. H. McDonnell

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Now is not the time to reward Sudan’s repressive regime.