GONZALES, TX - MARCH 26:  An oil pump- jack is viewed on March 26, 2015 in the oil town of Gonzales, Texas. Texas, which in just the last five years has tripled its oil production and delivered hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy, is looking at what could be a sustained downturn in prices. Crude oil prices today are almost 60 percent lower than they were six months ago.While the Texan economy has become more diversified over the years, oil is still the states largest monetary generator and any sustained downturn would be devastating for employment and the economy. Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas this month said a drop in oil prices have been responsible for 39,621 job cuts in the first two months of the year.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Obama is talking in Paris while acting on ethanol in D.C.

In First Word Energy today, a look ahead at the Paris climate talks and the EPA's RFS decision. Plus, a Q&A with ex-Goldman banker and Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek.

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Here are Congress’s three options to fund the government after Dec. 11

It's crunch time on the Omnibus. Congress returns today for its last burst of action in 2015.

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Why the GOP knows who you took to prom

A company working for John Kasich's super-PAC is trying to create a “social graph” of possible supporters by scanning high school yearbooks, small-town newspapers, and sports-team rosters.

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China goes to…Djibouti?

China plans to build its first overseas naval installation in the East African nation of Djibouti as Beijing seeks to protect its growing economic and security interests around the globe.

(Bloomberg) — House votes 289-137 to pass H.R. 4038, the bill to block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. unless top U.S. law-enforcement and national security officials affirm to Congress the refugees aren’t a security threat.

  • 289-137 is 2/3 vote and would override a promised veto if that vote is replicated
    • Two Republicans and six Democrats missed the vote
  • Affirmative vote is one off the 290 to ensure veto-proof majority if all members present and voting (which would be 290-144, with 1 vacancy in former-Speaker Boehner’s seat)
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Small Business Saturday has lobbying issues

The issues that small businesses lobby on are as diverse as the wares they sell. Bloomberg Government highlights some of the more interesting issues that small businesses lobbying on.

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What’s in Santa’s sleigh this year? Drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration expects over 1 million drones to be under Christmas trees this holiday season.