Politics & Government

November 19, 2010 5:26 PM

Could Joe Barton, who defended BP, really lead energy panel?

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who everyone thought was facing long odds at becoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee because he called the $20 billion BP oil spill relief fund a "shakedown," may be improving his chances. He'll now be given a chance to make his case to the GOP Steering Committee without having to get a waiver because of term limits.

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