But when it comes to climate-change policy, emboldening the GOP’s conservative wing won’t push the House rightward much — if at all. That’s because there’s little room to move any further in that direction.
Many hot-button issues expose fault lines in the GOP. Some Republicans — backed by the business community — are open to action on immigration-reform legislation, while swaths of the conservative base oppose anything that would provide citizenship to any undocumented residents.
Similarly, on the debt ceiling, the business lobby has battled GOP conservatives who have resisted lifting the nation’s borrowing limit, at least without steep White House concessions.
These big divides just aren’t there on carbon-emissions policy. In recent years, House Republicans, backed by the party’s establishment figures, have voted overwhelmingly to nullify EPA’s power to regulate carbon emissions.
An array of powerful business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have backed various pieces of House GOP legislation to strip or greatly limit EPA’s power to curb emissions from power plants and factories.
The harmony between industry goals and conservatives is often present on a range of other energy issues, too, though there could be tensions over tax credits that hard-liners and conservative advocacy groups want to kill.
The House GOP has voted with unity — and support from business and industry groups — in recent years to lift offshore-drilling restrictions, kill planned federal regulation of “fracking,” and nullify various other EPA and Interior Department rules.
On the related question of climate science, many Republicans reject or strongly question the scientific consensus around human-induced climate change, but subtle divides may be emerging.
In late May, House Speaker John Boehner said EPA’s carbon-emissions standards for power plants would hurt the economy, but he passed up a chance to attack climate science, instead telling reporters: “I’m not qualified to debate the science.”
But when it comes to opposing greenhouse-emissions controls, House Republicans speak with one voice.
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Foreign Policy takes a look at the future of mining the estimated "100,000 near-Earth objects—including asteroids and comets—in the neighborhood of our planet. Some of these NEOs, as they’re called, are small. Others are substantial and potentially packed full of water and various important minerals, such as nickel, cobalt, and iron. One day, advocates believe, those objects will be tapped by variations on the equipment used in the coal mines of Kentucky or in the diamond mines of Africa. And for immense gain: According to industry experts, the contents of a single asteroid could be worth trillions of dollars." But the technology to get us there is only the first step. Experts say "a multinational body might emerge" to manage rights to NEOs, as well as a body of law, including an international court.
Not to be outdone by Jeffrey Goldberg's recent piece in The Atlantic about President Obama's foreign policy, the New York Times Magazine checks in with a longread on the president's economic legacy. In it, Obama is cognizant that the economic reality--73 straight months of growth--isn't matched by public perceptions. Some of that, he says, is due to a constant drumbeat from the right that "that denies any progress." But he also accepts some blame himself. “I mean, the truth of the matter is that if we had been able to more effectively communicate all the steps we had taken to the swing voter,” he said, “then we might have maintained a majority in the House or the Senate.”
Ronald Reagan's children and political allies took to the media and Twitter this week to chide funnyman Will Ferrell for his plans to play a dementia-addled Reagan in his second term in a new comedy entitled Reagan. In an open letter, Reagan's daughter Patti Davis tells Ferrell, who's also a producer on the movie, “Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have—I didn’t find anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you’re a decent human being, you wouldn’t either.” Michael Reagan, the president's son, tweeted, "What an Outrag....Alzheimers is not joke...It kills..You should be ashamed all of you." And former Rep. Joe Walsh called it an example of "Hollywood taking a shot at conservatives again."
In a sign that she’s ready to put a longer-than-expected primary battle behind her, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) is no longer going on the air in upcoming primary states. “Team Clinton hasn’t spent a single cent in … California, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon and West Virginia, while” Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) “campaign has spent a little more than $1 million in those same states.” Meanwhile, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sanders’ "lone backer in the Senate, said the candidate should end his presidential campaign if he’s losing to Hillary Clinton after the primary season concludes in June, breaking sharply with the candidate who is vowing to take his insurgent bid to the party convention in Philadelphia.”