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Was There Ever an Obama-Ryan Honeymoon?

Ryan greets Obama as he arrives to deliver his final State of the Union address while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. looks on. It was one of Ryan's few smiles of the evening. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama repeatedly had to raise his voice to be heard over cheering Democratic lawmakers during his State of the Union address on Jan. 12. But Speaker Paul D. Ryan sat motionless, his face frozen in a polite — but unimpressed — expression.  

Obama used part of his likely final address to a joint session of Congress to extol policy whims long pushed by Democrats like pre-kindergarten “for all” children and a government-led effort to “to make college affordable for every American.” He also called it a “basic fact” that the U.S. “has the strongest, most durable economy in the world,” saying the country is “in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history.”  

McConnell: My Job Is to Protect Coal Jobs, Not Speculate on Global Warming (Audio)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would have none of it when the host of Kentucky Sports Radio pressed him Wednesday for his personal views on global warming.  

"What I have said repeatedly is I'm not a scientist, but what I can tell you is, even if you thought that was important — and there are some scientists who do and some scientists who don't — but even if you thought that was important, the United States doing this by itself is going to have zero impact," the Kentucky Republican said.  

On Climate Change, Landrieu Stands With Coal, Against Obama

Landrieu is touring a coal power plant to emphasize her opposition to Obama's plans to cut carbon emissions to reduce climate change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: June 6, 9:06 a.m. | Sen. Mary L. Landrieu will head to a coal-fired power plant Monday, to emphasize her opposition to President Barack Obama's goal to take a big whack at coal as part of his plan to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.  

The vulnerable Louisiana Democrat will head to the Big Cajun II coal-fired power plant in New Roads, La., according to a news release.  

Obama Power Plant Rules Take a Big Swing at Big Coal

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President Barack Obama is bypassing Congress to take a big swing at Big Coal — with the EPA announcing a sweeping new cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.  

A 30 percent cut in emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 is a big number — less than environmental groups want but far more than the president can get via Congress, where climate change skeptics rule the House and the Democratic Senate so far avoiding bringing a climate change bill to the floor during Obama's presidency.  

McConnell Returns to Capitol, Makes 2014 GOP Unity Pitch (Video)

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A routine media stakeout in the Ohio Clock Corridor on the second floor of the Capitol took on a decidedly campaign feel as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell returned to D.C. after a primary victory back home.  

The Kentucky Republican said Wednesday that after the last few elections Republicans are growing unified as they head into November following a series of primary victories for the establishment Tuesday night.