Steve Benen, MSNBC: "I don't ever recall any distinction between federal and state exchanges in terms of the availability of subsidies," said Olympia J. Snowe, a former Republican senator from Maine who helped write the Finance Committee version of the bill. "It was never part of our conversations at any point," said Snowe, who voted against the final version of the Senate bill. "Why would we have wanted to deny people subsidies? It was not their fault if their state did not set up an exchange." The idea of denying subsidies to people who bought insurance through the federal exchange "was never discussed," said Charles M. Clapton, a lawyer who worked on both committees for Senator Michael B. Enzi, Republican of Wyoming. Clapton said he had difficulty accepting the argument advanced by the plaintiffs because it was "so contrary to the intent" of those who had written the legislation. read more
Since 1980, wind energy costs have fallen by more than a factor of 20 in some regions of the country -- going from more than 55 cents per kilowatt-hour to less than 2.5 cents/kWh.
A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy shows how advances in wind power technology and deployment will continue to make wind power cheaper and more accessible -- and will make it possible to achieve at utility-scale levels in all 50 states by 2030.
The report, "Enabling Wind Power Nationwide," shows how taller turbines that reach stronger winds high above the ground will be able to unlock previously untapped resources, primarily in the Southeastern U.S., where wind speeds tend to be lower. Announcing the report on Tuesday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that "by producing the next generation of larger and more efficient wind turbines, we can create thousands of new jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as we fully unlock wind power as a critical national resource."
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A first-of-its-kind provision that prevents welfare recipients in Kansas from withdrawing more than $25 a day from an ATM might violate federal law, and could jeopardize the state's federal funding if not amended. The Social Security Act requires states to ensure that recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, "have adequate access to their cash assistance" and can withdraw money "with minimal fees or charges." At stake is about $102 million in TANF block grant funds that Kansas receives every year from the federal government.
We Visited the Clothing Store in Kosovo That's Dedicated to Hillary Clinton's Style
Hillary Clinton is thought of as a sort of fashion guru around these parts -- so much so that there's a boutique right in the middle of the capital, Pristina, named Hillary and dedicated to the former Secretary of State's sartorial choices. Clinton visited the shop in 2012 and was gifted a dashing navy-blue pantsuit as a thank you for actually bothering to drop in. True story. read more