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Past articles by Lesley:

Climate on trial: Montana youth take on state energy policy

Young people nationwide are suing government officials for failing to protect them from climate change. A lawsuit in Montana — where the state constitution → Read More

How a Philippine inquiry could shape global climate litigation

A human rights report from the Philippines could provide the basis for courts to hold fossil fuel companies liable for climate change, legal experts say. → Read More

ENERGY POLICY: 3 issues to watch with Biden and oil prices

A spike in oil and gasoline prices is touching off concerns about inflation and other long-term energy effects — and putting President Biden in a challenging political spot as he navigates between advocating for affordable pump prices and enacting climate policy. → Read More

GEOPOLITICS: Climate change could spark clashes between China, India

Climate change threatens to increase the potential for conflict between India and China, a new report warns. → Read More

DOE: 5 takeaways from the Granholm hearing

Senators yesterday pressed President Biden's nominee for Energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, on what his ambitious climate plans will mean for energy-rich states. → Read More

TRUMP LEGACY: Fossil-focused policies failed to hit brash energy goals

As President Trump leaves office tomorrow, former department chiefs, White House officials and analysts assess his energy legacy. → Read More

WHITE HOUSE: Trump eyes midnight energy rules at DOE, Interior

Analysts are anticipating a potential flurry of last-minute energy rollbacks, permitting decisions and new rules that could impinge on a Biden administration. → Read More

ENERGY POLICY: Trump 'no windows' comment draws fire

President Trump has tried to paint his presumptive Democratic presidential challenger as a radical environmentalist, including with a dark warning last week that under former Vice President Joe Biden, there would be "no windows" across the United States. → Read More

‘Part of the problem.’ With Senate in sights, Democrats plot run against how GOP runs D.C.

Democrats need to gain 4 seats, 3 if President Donald Trump loses reelection, to take control of the Senate away from Mitch McConnell & the Republican Party. This is how they plan to challenge incumbents. → Read More

Joe Biden gets defensive during debate over his work with Mitch McConnell

As Democrats debated Thursday, Joe Biden defended his propensity for insisting that he can work with Republicans, citing deals he struck with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell → Read More

In debate, Democrats turn to a popular target who’s not Donald Trump

Mitch McConnell got nearly as many mentions as Donald Trump at the first 2020 Democratic presidential primary, but none of the Democrats offered a way to deal with the influential Kentucky Republican → Read More

Under fire from Jon Stewart, Mitch McConnell tells 9/11 first responders he will help health bill

Mitch McConnell tells Sept. 11 first responders that the Senate will vote in August to reauthorize heath care benefits → Read More

Amid questions about Chao-McConnell influence, Kentucky road projects flourish under Trump

Kentucky, where Donald Trump won all but two of 120 counties in the 2016 election, has prospered under the Trump White House when it comes to transportation projects, landing 4 under Trump -- half as many as it landed under the Obama administration → Read More

McConnell to say he’s ‘confident’ Kelly Craft will deliver as UN ambassador

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s “confident” Kentucky’s Kelly Craft will make an excellent U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, despite skepticism in some quarters that the Republican fundraiser has a thin foreign policy resume → Read More

Dem-affiliated group wants to know if McConnell’s state got a sweetheart deal

A Democratic-affiliated group is asking for an investigation into whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao steered millions of dollars of federal grants to Kentucky road projects that could politically benefit her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is up for reelection in 2020 → Read More

Andy Barr goes to court to help defend Donald Trump’s border wall

Kentucky Republican Rep. Andy Barr is taking his support for Donald Trump to court. Barr, who represents the Lexington area, has filed briefs arguing that Trump got it right when he signed an emergency declaration to steer Pentagon to help build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. → Read More

Kentucky Republicans usually loyal to Trump warn him on tariffs against Mexico

Kentucky Republicans support President Donald Trump — but not his proposal to slap tariffs on Mexican exports. They warn the state’s auto industry, including Toyota, could be hurt → Read More

Kentucky aluminum mill says it’s not subject to national security review

The Treasury Department acknowledged national security concerns over Russian involvement in a Kentucky aluminum mill but Braidy Industries says its project is not subject to review by the multi-agency federal committee that looks at foreign involvement in the U.S. → Read More

Treasury gives nod to Democrats’ national security concerns over Ky. aluminum mill

Treasury won’t say if a controversial Kentucky aluminum plant that got an infusion of money from a Kremlin-linked company will undergo a national security review. But it notes it has expanded reviews to address “growing national security concerns.” → Read More

To beat Matt Bevin, Andy Beshear will have to take on Donald Trump

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is tying himself to Donald Trump in order to win reelection despite his low approval numbers. → Read More