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Gina McCarthy testifies during a public hearing in 2007, when she was head of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. (AP Photo/Jack Sauer)

Top EPA contender draws fire

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Senate Republicans are stepping up their complaints about the Environmental Protection Agency’s top clean air official, Gina MCCarthy, as she emerges as President Barack Obama’s likely pick to head the agency.
President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama taps business exec for Interior Dept. secretary

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In a move surprising Washington insiders, Pres. Obama picks Sally Jewell — the CEO of REI and a former Mobil Oil Corp. engineer — for Interior secretary.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks before the presidential oil spill commission. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Next EPA administrator pick faces tough confirmation battle

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Lisa Jackson’s decision to step down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency sets off a Washington guessing game over who President Barack Obama will pick to replace her. Here’s a look at potential replacements.