Today’s Headlines

  • Transportation stimulus payouts neared $1 billion in September (JOC)
  • Boxer says the Senate climate bill could be up for a floor vote in time for the Copenhagen climate talks … (Reuters)
  • … but are the negotiations at risk of becoming the failed enterprise that Kyoto was? (Green Grok)
  • White House remaining on edge about job losses — but will more infrastructure spending be part of the response? (MarketWatch)
  • The Pennsylvania government is re-upping its push to toll I-80 (Philly.com)
  • LaHood visits Detroit’s port, talks up the city’s potential as a "midwest cruise-ship capital" (Free Press)

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