Daniel Stone

Stories by Daniel Stone

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    Democrats Find New Opportunity to Oppose Bush

    Two prominent Republicans over the weekend cited the principles of the 43rd president as a picture of what a GOP return to power would look like. Democrats couldn't have been more excited.
  • The Party of Repeal

    With financial reform, Republicans are expanding their list of things to repeal. That might bring in donations, but it simply won't happen.
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    Scott Brown, the New Maverick and McCain Successor

    Massachusetts, the bluest of blue states, has never been a particularly comfortable place for Republicans. The Bay State hasn’t thrown its electors behind a GOP presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan won the White House, and it hasn’t had a Republican member of the House in more than a decade.
  • Old Spice Hits Internet-Marketing Gold

    First he was on a horse, then on a bike, and now he’s everywhere, making personalized videos for fans on YouTube. The latest flight of Old Spice commercials is nothing short of genius.
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    Newt for President?

    Newt Gingrich says he may run for president in 2012. But could he win? At this point, probably not.
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    Feds Growing Weary of BP's Promises

    With the approaching deadline to stop the oil gusher in the gulf, tensions between government officials and BP executives are increasing.
  • Kagan's Path to the Bench

    The White House was eager to proclaim this morning that Elena Kagan had passed her test. Late last week and over the weekend, at least 17 editorial boards around the country wrote glowingly of her credentials—excerpts of which administration officials sent around to reporters to drive the narrative in their favor.
  • Will Obama Back Down on Carbon-Regulation Deadline?

    Two Republican senators present at a recent presidential Cabinet Room meeting on energy say that Obama appeared to be willing to postpone the deadline when the EPA will begin regulating greenhouse-gas emissions.
  • Obama and Medvedev Talk Chicken

    An otherwise newsless visit between Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev is punctuated by a deal on U.S. poultry exports to Russia. After the breakthrough deal on chicken was made, the two had burgers in Virginia.
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    Environmentalists Split on BP Response

    The tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico has left a divide among activists: how hard should they press Obama on climate change and other issues? The fear is that a golden opportunity is passing.

    McChrystal Relieved of Command

    After meeting with President Obama for less than 30 minutes this morning, Gen. Stanley McChrystal was relieved of his command of troops in Afghanistan. Obama said it was "a change in personnel," but "not a change in policy."
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    Deepwater Drilling Ban Lifted ... for Now

    After a federal judge lifted Obama’s six-month ban on deepwater drilling on Tuesday, the White House vowed an instant appeal. Both sides, strangely, agree on doing nothing until more information is known.
  • Who Is Joe Barton?

    The past—and potentially future—chairman of the House energy committee has a love-hate relationship with the planet.
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    Shell's View on the Future of Oil

    Almost seven weeks after the Deepwater Horizon incident that has ravaged the Gulf and imperiled BP, other oil companies are beginning to feel the pinch of President Obama's six-month moratorium on drilling. No drilling means no revenues, but also no jobs for the thousands of rig employees drilling deepwater wells.
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    'The Time to Embrace a Clean-Energy Future Is Now'

    The core message of President Obama’s Oval Office speech was about more than BP or the activity off the Gulf Coast. Looking straight into the camera, Obama diagnosed the nation’s energy problem and our ongoing dependence on fossil fuels.
  • BYO Energy Bill

    Capitol Hill is still oozing optimism that an energy bill is possible, even inevitable, within the next few months. Why? The gulf spill certainly helps sway opinion toward alternative fuels. As does the deepening oil dependence on unfriendly countries. But politically speaking, energy is the rare political issue with room for both parties to claim victory.
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    Will Arnold Be Back?

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proved that maybe he was cut out for politics. Now, his lame-duck status has everyone—including himself—wondering what he'll do next.
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    California's Prop 14: Winners and Losers

    California’s biggest vote Tuesday night was to open primaries to the whole state starting in 2012. What that will mean for the state’s political parties and interest groups.
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    California's Desperate Measures

    Radical times call for radical ideas, and today, California voters are considering something pretty different. Specifically: getting rid of partisan primaries.
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    The Moment for an Energy Bill?

    The gulf spill may not push Congress to pass its climate and energy bill. But Obama hopes people watching horrified at home won't accept anything less.
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    Obama Signals a Long Deepwater Drilling Freeze

    Speaking before reporters in the Rose Garden, the president says he won’t be approving new deepwater drilling until “we can be confident we’ve done what’s necessary to prevent history from repeating itself.”
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    Top Kill Fails

    After three days of pumping a viscous mud mixture into the oil well in the gulf, on-scene engineers have admitted that the Top Kill measure designed to stop the leak of oil has failed. What are the next steps?
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    Obama: Get Your Shirt Dirty

    The president was remarkably rigid during his visit to the gulf Friday. If he had gotten down in the muck, or angrily shaken his fist, it would have earned precious political capital with the region's residents and fishermen.
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    Heads Roll as the Oil Slick Spreads: Elizabeth Birnbaum Resigns at MMS

    On the same day that engineers are completing the top-kill procedure to stem the flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico seabed, Washington is executing a top-kill procedure of its own at the Minerals Management Service. Elizabeth Birnbaum, head of the agency that oversees drilling for oil and natural gas, was asked to resign from her post this morning by the Obama administration.