Today’s Headlines

  • GOP Senate leaders starting to embrace a delay in new "cash for clunkers" money … (WSJ)
  • … but that may not matter, now that Feinstein and Collins have stopped calling for stronger fuel-efficiency standards (Fox News)
  • Headed into August recess, the climate-change demands pile up for Boxer & Kerry (ClimateWire)
  • Orange County, CA, using stimulus money for highway-widening (Streetsblog LA)

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