congress

Four years after Tennessee tragedy, politicians are blocking federal oversight of coal ash

December 21, 2012 - Dec. 22 marks four years since a coal ash impoundment collapsed at a TVA power plant in Tennessee, inundating a community and two rivers. As EPA drags its feet over issuing federal coal ash rules, politicians backed by industry interests are maneuvering to block the agency's ability to protect people and the environment -- even though their states have been adversely affected by poor regulation.

The outlook for 'Obamacare' in two maps

November 8, 2012 - After Tuesday's election, President Obama's health care plan remains alive. But its future is uncertain, with many Southern states still uncommitted to creating insurance exchanges and others rejecting federal funding to expand coverage for the poor.