Today’s Headlines

  • More on enviro committee chief Boxer’s plans for the Senate climate bill: ‘There will be investments in transportation…’ (McClatchy)
  • The auto industry’s No. 1 lobbyist pledges to rally support for a gas tax hike — to help his clients meet new CAFE standards (CQ)
  • Could the D.C. Metro crash end up helping the city’s once-beleaguered bus system? (DCist)

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