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Last Week in Washington

Washington
  • Trump named U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to replace Maguire as acting DNI, elevating a man with meager intelligence experience to oversee the nation's 17 spy agencies. One administration official said Grenell is expected to keep his current ambassadorship.
  • Wisconsin state Sen. Tom Tiffany won the Republican nomination in a special election to replace Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), who resigned in September. Tiffany will face Democrat Tricia Zunker in the May 12 contest to represent Wisconsin's 7th District, which Trump won by 20 points in 2016 and where Republicans are favored to win.
  • 2020
  • President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has purchased advertising space atop YouTube's homepage in early November, according to two people with knowledge of the transaction, securing one of the most high-profile spots on the internet during a critical time of the election.
  • A post-debate Morning Consult poll found that Bloomberg's first-choice support in the Democratic presidential primary fell 3 points following Wednesday night's debate in Las Vegas, while his net favorability - the share with favorable views minus unfavorable views - fell 20 points. By contrast, Sanders emerged unscathed and held his lead.
Health
  • The Trump administration's efforts to expand screening for the coronavirus have been set back by issues delivering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention test to state public health labs, causing a delay in the CDC's ability to test negative flu samples for the novel virus.
  • Republican Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) endorsed the drug pricing bill introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, as support for the legislation slowly grows even among vulnerable Republicans.
Energy/Climate
  • The Internal Revenue Service provided some guidance for companies that want to use a tax credit for carbon capture efforts, which some energy and environmental groups see as a way to address climate change. The interim guidance specifies when a project is considered started so that companies know whether their facilities are eligible for the tax credit, which is available for projects that begin construction before 2024, but the current guidance doesn't detail what kind of carbon storage counts as secure.
  • Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue broke with other members in the Trump administration by publicly endorsing carbon pricing while in office, saying "legitimate, measurable carbon trading" could push farmers to embrace carbon sequestration. · The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission declined to approve the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project in Oregon by a 2-1 vote, temporarily putting on hold the first West Coast LNG export terminal in the lower-48 states. more


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