The House passed a $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill to finance the U.S. government through Sept. 30, a turnaround from the Tea Party-fueled discord that caused a 16-day partial shutdown in October.
Entergy Corp. ’s Indian Point nuclear plant north of Manhattan would have to close if the U.S. required a plan to evacuate 20 million people within 50 miles, two U.S. lawmakers said after touring the plant with the chief nuclear regulator.
President Barack Obama, his voice breaking and tears forming in his eyes, said the killing of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school shows the nation must take “meaningful action” to stem such violence.
As surely as little boys on sleds follow the first snowfall, the departure of Mary Schapiro as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission has occasioned one fawning encomium after another from the press.
White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell learned her management skills from some of the masters: former President Bill Clinton, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, and onetime Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.
Two U.S. House Democrats dropped their opposition to $100 million in new military aid to Lebanon three months after they stalled the package over concern it could help the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said in an interview today on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt ,” airing this weekend, that he’d love to replace Rahm Emanuel as Barack Obama’s next chief of staff, while allowing that he may be the last person the president would pick for the job.