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In West Virginia, a Rising Republican Star Threatens the Nation’s Most Vulnerable Democratic Senator

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About a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and though the court didn’t know it at the time, this probably killed off the plan for good. The 5–4 decision, delaying enforcement until lower courts reviewed legal challenges to the new regulations, was a decisive setback for President Obama’s signature environmental initiative, which used an “aggressive” interpretation of the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act in an effort to control greenhouse-gas emissions. In September, some state attorney generals and power companies argued before the D.C. Circuit Court that the...
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