House Republicans fall short of deal on immigration as talks continue

WASHINGTON – A dispute over immigration fueled by renegade GOP moderates was hijacked Tuesday by conservatives who prevented their fellow Republicans from sealing a deal that would have brought legislation to the House floor for the first time in years. Negotiators left a last-ditch meeting short of an agreement, as conservatives balked at a compromise bill that would have given young undocumented immigrants the means to become U.S. citizens and provide billions for President Donald Trump’s border wall. “This has been a lot of members trying to creatively work through differences to get to an agreement. We’re going to keep working at it because we’re not there yet,” said House… Read More

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Royalty owners claim wider well setbacks would cost them $26 billion

A statewide ballot initiative to widen the buffer between oil and gas drilling and development could cost $180 billion in lost petroleum production and $26 billion in lost royalties in northeastern Colorado alone, a group representing mineral rights owners said Tuesday. Statewide Initiative 97 would require new wells to locate 2,500 feet or more from homes, schools and water sources, an expansion of the current buffer of 500 feet or 1,000 feet. “That 2,500-foot setback would eliminate oil and gas production in the Wattenberg,” argued Neil Ray, president of Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners (CAMRO), which commissioned Netherland, Sewell & Associates, a petroleum consulting firm, to conduct the… Read More

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Bob Corker says GOP cowers before Trump after party leaders block trade amendment

WASHINGTON – Senate GOP leaders blocked a vote Tuesday on legislation that would give Congress veto power over certain presidential tariffs – prompting Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to accuse his Republican colleagues of being afraid to vote against President Donald Trump. “‘Gosh, we might poke the bear’ is the language I’ve been hearing in the hallways,” Corker, who authored the amendment in question, said in a fiery floor speech. “We might poke the bear. The president might get upset with us as United States senators if we vote on the Corker amendment, so we’re going to do everything we can to block it,” said Corker, who is retiring at year’s… Read More

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Canucks GM expects Elias Pettersson to be in lineup in 2018-19

Much has been made about Swedish teenager Elias Pettersson‘s inevitable arrival in the NHL. Fresh off one of the most dominant campaigns we’ve seen from an NHL prospect, the 2017 fifth-overall pick has seemingly done everything within his power to convince the Vancouver Canucks he’s worthy of an extended stay in the big leagues next season. According to general manager Jim Benning, that’s precisely how the team sees it all shaking out. Though the Canucks are expected to practice some patience with their prized forward, Benning said he expects the 19-year-old to be on the roster when his club aims to take the next step in 2018-19. Speaking with NHL.com’s… Read More

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