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The process of passing laws through the back door

WASHINGTON - What do lawn mowers, smog standards and Alaska crabs have in common? Each is the subject of an effort in Congress to weaken environmental laws. Each provision is at the top of a wish list of a special interest group in a powerful lawmaker's home state or district. And each lawmaker is trying to win approval of his pet provision by attaching it to legislation that Congress has to pass as it rushes to finish its business for the year and go home for Thanksgiving.

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Obama, Bernanke need miracles

If 2009 was a year for massive government intervention in the private economy and a full-court press on health-care reform, 2010 will be a time for weaning the nation from life support and evaluating what worked and what didn't, and hopefully doing less of the second.

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As oceans fall ill, storm brews over solutions

WASHINGTON - Off the coast of Washington state, mysterious algae mixed with sea foam have killed more than 8,000 seabirds, puzzling scientists. A thousand miles off California, researchers have discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling vortex roughly twice the size of Texas filled with tiny bits of plastic and other debris.

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America feeling the cost of war

...cost of combat. I recommended plans to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan from my desk at the White House Office of Management and Budget. But it was not until last month, as I stood on the tarmac at Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport in...

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Juneau Empire Story Archive

ANCHORAGE - After a weekend tour of the Balkans, Alaska U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens came back convinced NATO forces are in for a prolonged battle with the Yugoslav government over Kosovo.

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Juneau Empire Online Local News: Fisheries center gets fed boost 8/27/98

WASHINGTON - After months of delay, the Clinton administration is now giving strong support to the proposed federal fisheries center at Lena Point in Juneau. Mozilla/3.0b6Gold (Win95; I) [Netscape]

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Juneau Empire Online Archive Local News: Juneau officials take NMFS plea to D.C. 6/10/98

WASHINGTON - With the proposed federal fisheries center on Lena Point at a crucial stage, Juneau Mayor Dennis Egan and City Manager Dave Palmer were in Washington this week to shore up support for the project. ``We're trying to get it off dead center,'' said Egan of the $100 million facility.

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