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Trump Boasts of Forcing Canadian Firm to Drop Keystone Lawsuit
Claims he threatened to take back his approval of TransCanada’s project

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participate in a joint news conference at the White House in February. On Tuesday, Trump said he threatened to nix a Canadian company's Keystone Pipeline project unless it dropped a lawsuit against the U.S. government. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Updated at 11:25 a.m. | President Donald Trump is asserting he got the Canadian company behind the Keystone XL pipeline project to drop a lawsuit seeking more than $10 billion from the U.S. government after he threatened to take back his approval of the project.

In late January, Trump signed an executive order green-lighting TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL after the Obama administration blocked it for years. He did so, however, with a major caveat, saying the pipeline deal was “subject to terms and conditions that will be negotiated by us.”

Rising Waters at Home Cause Republicans to Buck Party in D.C.
Moderate Republicans are out front on climate change threat

New York Rep. John J. Faso is one of several GOP freshmen concerned about climate change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Whipping out his iPhone, New York Rep. John J. Faso scrolled through text messages from his wife until he found the photo he sought. 

“There’s my wife’s car in the driveway,” he said, pointing to a lump covered in snow. “So there was no climate change that we were worried about in the last couple of days.”

Senate Democrats Plan All-Nighter Over EPA Nominee
But Scott Pruitt is likely to be confirmed despite objections

Scott Pruitt is the current attorney general of Oklahoma. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats are planning to once again stage a series of overnight speeches on the Senate floor, this time in opposition to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the EPA. 

“We intend to stand our ground,” said Delaware Sen. Thomas R. Carper, the ranking Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee. While Pruitt appears poised for confirmation, Carper said Democrats were not going quietly into the night.

Ryan Lays Out Ambitious 200-Day Congressional Agenda
Health care and tax overhauls slated to be done by August per GOP plan

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., does a television interview at the GOP retreat in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. House and Senate Republicans are holding their retreat through Friday in Philadelphia, with a visit from President Donald Trump expected Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is laying out an aggressive 200-day agenda that will have Congress rolling back regulations, repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law, funding a border wall, rewriting the tax code, expanding the veterans’ choice program, advancing an infrastructure package and avoiding a debt default — all before the August recess. 

“It’s the president and his administration working hand and glove with the speaker and the majority leader,” New York Rep. Chris Collins told reporters after Ryan’s presentation at the start of the GOP retreat here on Wednesday. “It’s going to be hard. We’re going to be doing controversial things. The speaker’s message was, ‘None of this is going to be easy, and we’re going to be attacked by somebody regardless of what we do, so let’s buckle our seat belts and understand we have an obligation here.’”

Obama Declares Bears Ears National Monument While Utah Lawmakers Pledge Fight
The president will designate two new national monuments

A petroglyph in the Comb Ridge section of the Bears Ears area. (Photo by Josh Ewing via Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Council)

Retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is getting one last victory from President Barack Obama.

But the Nevada Democrat’s joy will surely be met with matching outrage from the Republican senators in neighboring Utah after the Obama administration announced on Wednesday the designation of two long-rumored new national monuments under the Antiquities Act.

Boxer’s Advice for Dealing with Trump: Look at Me and Inhofe
‘You shouldn’t give up trying to find where there’s common ground’

Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe and California Sen. Barbara Boxer had an odd-couple relationship on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

A notoriously liberal, pain-in-Republicans’-neck, four-term senator, Barbara Boxer, has some advice for those she’s leaving behind as she ends her more than three-decade career on the Hill: Be honest with each other.

Oklahoma GOP Sen. James M. Inhofe, a reliable Republican hawk, and Boxer have had an odd-couple working relationship for the past decade, swapping the chairmanship of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, based on whose party controlled the Senate. 

Report: Rick Perry Top Pick for Energy Secretary
That’s the department he famously forgot in debate as one he would eliminate

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was a critic of President-elect Donald Trump before he pulled out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is President-elect Donald Trump’s top pick to lead the Department of Energy, according to reports.

Perry is among four people being considered for the post, including former Texas Republican Party Chairman Ray Washburne and Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Bloomberg reported.

Michigan Lawmakers Laud Long-Awaited Flint Aid
Congress has approved $170 million in assistance

Michigan Democratic lawmakers, from left, Sen. Gary Peters, Rep. Dan Kildee, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Rep. John Conyers Jr. attend a news conference on Capitol Hill in September on aid for the Flint water crisis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congress has approved aid for the city of Flint, Michigan, which has been grappling with a water contamination crisis since late 2014.

Michigan lawmakers have been working for nearly a year to secure funds to replace water pipes that poisoned the city’s water with lead.

Stopgap Bill Adds Money for Flint, Paves Way for Mattis Confirmation Vote
Heads off partial shutdown by extending funding through April 28

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers described Tuesday’s stopgap spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown as a “Band-Aid.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional negotiators released a stopgap spending bill Tuesday night to avert a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday and to fund federal agencies and programs through April 28.

Final details of the 70-page continuing resolution were hammered out behind closed doors Tuesday while both Republicans and Democrats warned that various provisions and possible additions to the package were causing problems.

Who’s Left to Fill Out Trump’s Cabinet?
President-elect continues to consider members of Congress from both sides of the aisle

President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be his secretary of Defense. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Updated Dec. 2, 3:31 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump has announced who he’ll nominate for several of the high-profile positions for his incoming administration, but there's much speculation about who he'll put in the remaining spots.