The White House set to unveil tough new carbon emissions standards today. The move is the most significant today for President Obama in tackling global warming. The President proposing a 30% reduction in carbon emissions (from 2005 levels) by 2030. It could mean shutting down many coal fired plants in the United States. Republicans and some Democrats (mostly from coal industry states like West Virginia) have already signaled opposition.
1030EDT -- EPA Admin McCarthy delivers remarks how the EPA will use the Clean Air Act "to carry out Pres Obama's Climate Action Plan that effects coal-fueled power plants." EPA HQ. LIVE
1100EDT approx -- Following McCarthy's speech, EPA hosts a technical background teleconference with sr EPA officials to further discuss the proposal and respond to questions. AUDIO
1200EDT -- Natl Assoc of Manufacturers Pres and CEO Jay Timmons hosts a media conference call to discuss the EPA's proposed standard for existing power plants. AUDIO
Growing criticism today over the swap of the American soldier Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison. The sergeant had been held by the Taliban since 2009. The five men freed from the U.S. military base were Taliban terrorists,and were all high-ranking figures. Some Republicans say the release sets a dangerous precedent of the U.S. negotiating with terrorists. President Obama made a statement with the soldiers family at the White House over the weekend.
President Obama heads to Poland later today where he'll celebrate the staunch American ally's 25th year free of communism.
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal have cordoned off an area of scrub not far from where she disappeared seven years ago. We'll get an update from Jonathan Hunt.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is swearing in his new unity government for the first time uniting Fatah and Hamas.. much to the chagrin of the Israelis.
A massive attack by rebels in Aleppo, Syria one day before the presidential election there. Assad expected to win re-election despite the civil war that has killed more than 160,000.
At least 5 are dead and 8 wounded in Eastern Ukraine after separatists attack a border station.
The King of Spain abdicating his throne.
Apple unveils new software today.
A new forecast suggests airlines will make $18billion this year.. up 70% from last year's 10.6 billion. Fees anyone?
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