Rick Dunham of the Houston Chronicle is a leading expert on journalists' use of social media and niche web sites. He created Texas on the Potomac in 2007. He also is the president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the educational and charitable arm of the world's leading professional organization for journalists.

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Obama budget targets oil and gas industry — again (updated)

Another year, another budget blueprint from President Obama, another attempt to increase the taxes paid by the oil and gas industry. After trying and failing for four consecutive years, the budget to be released this morning by the president includes what senior administration officials describe as ...

Rep. Brady to head energy tax reform effort

Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican from The Woodlands, said his goal is to modernize energy tax code provisions to focus on “making it more competitive globally.” ...

Kevin Brady to head House tax reform task force on energy

Rep. Kevin Brady is a busy man these days. He’s chairing Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. He’s heading up the House Ways & Means Committee Health Subcommittee. And now he’s taking on new and significant responsibilities: He’s been asked by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp t ...

Boone Pickens picks Romney for president

It may not be the biggest political surprise of 2012 — after all, he is a conservative energy executive — but Dallas billionaire T. Boone Pickens is backing Mitt Romney for president. Two days before Election Day, Pickens explained in an op-ed piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette why he picked the f ...

NRC’s new chair determined to examine earthquake risks

Allison MacFarlane, the new chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is a geologist -- the first to lead the commission. And she views that as a fortunate thing for the commission and the industry. ...

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