White House hires former Keystone lobbyist as Senate liaison

The Obama administration’s new point person on White House-Senate relations previously worked as a lobbyist to promote the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.       By: Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) – Marty Paone, formerly a lobbyist with Prime Policy Group, was hired by the…

WATER’S EDGE: Why Houston fears the next big storm

  Hurricane Ike sent a clear message that the people and vital energy industry of one of America’s largest urban areas needed protection from rising seas. Six years later, the only plan with any traction is a professor’s Dutch-inspired idea – and it has scant political backing. By Duff Wilson, Ryan McNeill and Deborah J.…