Both the U.S. government and BP have estimates on just how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. The problem: They reached two different numbers. At stake is up to $18 billion in fines and penalties under federal environmental laws.
"All of a sudden, people are looking over their shoulders," says former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He says changes in the way campaigns are financed have led members of Congress to worry that if they're seen as not liberal or not conservative enough, they'll be challenged by their own party.
Afghanistan hopes to reach an important milestone next spring with its first democratic transfer of power. Many familiar faces are vying for the presidency, including a number of powerful warlords. The race will be more about personalities and power bases than policies and political platforms.
Three years after the landmark Citizens United decision, the justices will hear a case that could undercut most of the remaining rules that limit big money in politics. Before the court on Tuesday is a challenge to the aggregate limits on contributions to candidates and political parties.
For the few hundred people living in the cell- and wireless-free town of Green Bank, W.Va., staying connected — to each other and to the outside world — is a daily challenge. The area is within a zone designed to protect a giant radio telescope from interference.