Concern over McCain’s temper surfaced during 2000 run

Part two of a three-part series WASHINGTON — Questions about John McCain’s temperament arose during his presidential bid in 2000, in which he was defeated for the GOP nomination by then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.  A page one story in The New York Times on Oct. 25, 1999, first turned McCain’s temper into a campaign issue, according …

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Bush Finalizes Last Minute Rule on Coal Mining Waste

By SEAN MUSSENDENMedia General News Service WASHINGTON—The Bush administration published a last-minute rule Friday that will make it easier for strip-mining operations to dump waste in streams.  Environmental advocates say the change will increase the practice of mountain-top removal coal mining in Appalachia. They’re pushing President-elect Barack Obama to reverse the rule after he takes …

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Stimulus plan includes billions for new construction and jobs

WASHINGTON — The ambitious $825 billion economic stimulus plan the House will vote on Wednesday blends new spending on everything from construction projects to unemployment aid with tax cuts for both individuals and businesses.  Democrats who control Congress contend the bill will create or save up to 4 million jobs, provide immediate tax breaks for …

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House Panel Defeats Coastal Drilling Expansion

WASHINGTON — A leading congressional proponent of more offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts promised to continue his fight Wednesday, after being dealt yet another defeat. A Democratic-controlled House panel voted 9 to 6 in a party-line vote against lifting the 27-year-old offshore drilling moratorium at a time when gasoline prices are …

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Bill Aimed at Preserving American Revolution, War of 1812

WASHINGTON – Endangered Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battle sites, including locations throughout the South, could get federal preservation grants under a bill passed this week by the House. “There’s a fundamental misconception that the American Revolution and War of 1812 took place only in the Northeast,” explained the bill’s sponsor, New Jersey Democratic …

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