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Congress

McConnell: Rolling back Obama regulations isn’t enough to bring back Appalachian coal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said rolling back Obama administration’s environmental rules wouldn’t entirely bring back the coal industry in eastern Kentucky. McConnell told McClatchy in an interview that lawmakers in Congress would work with the incoming Trump administration to “remove as many of the government impediments as possible and give the coal industry a chance to survive.”

Congress

Trump’s EPA pick won’t guarantee California’s right to tougher auto emission rules

Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general tapped by Donald Trump to head the EPA, has long advocated giving states greater control over environmental decisions. But under questioning from senators, including Kamala Harris of California, Pruitt on Wednesday declined to say whether he’d continue to grant California waivers to enact automobile emissions standards stronger than those of the federal government.

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Obama: We send our prayers and love to the Bushes

Near the beginning of his final press conference as president, President Obama took a few moments to talk about the hospitalization of George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He called them "really good people" and praised them for their support over the years.
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Obama: We send our prayers and love to the Bushes 0:38

Obama: We send our prayers and love to the Bushes

Obama holds last press conference of his presidency 1:55

Obama holds last press conference of his presidency

Prepping for inaugural pot protest 1:43

Prepping for inaugural pot protest

President Obama surprises Josh Earnest during last press briefing 5:06

President Obama surprises Josh Earnest during last press briefing