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Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a climate workshop. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Small businesses crank up pressure on EPA confirmation vote (video)

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Supporters of Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency are cranking up the heat on key senators to confirm her after they return to Capitol Hill from a week-long July 4 recess.
Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a climate workshop. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Climate speech puts EPA nomination in further peril

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By rolling out a big plan for combating climate change, President Obama may have just delivered a fatal blow to his nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ernest Moniz, the new energy secretary, looks on as President Barack Obama announces three cabinet-level nominations at the White House March 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Committee endorses Moniz to be energy secretary

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A Senate committee endorsed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Ernest Moniz to be energy secretary on Thursday, queuing up a possible confirmation vote next week.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor swears in  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, while Solicitor Hilary Tompkins watches. (Tami A. Heilemann/Department of Interior, Office of Communications)

New interior secretary takes office

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Sally Jewell was sworn in as interior secretary on Friday, making her the 51st person — and only the second woman — to hold the job.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senate confirms Sally Jewell as interior secretary

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The Senate confirmed Sally Jewell as Interior secretary on Wednesday, putting the onetime petroleum engineer and business executive in charge of a sprawling government agency that is responsible for overseeing energy development, recreation and other activities on hundreds of millions of acres of public lands.
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.