A Senate panel approved a measure to reverse a ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency and let California enforce auto emission standards that are tougher than federal law. The Committee on Environment and Public Works voted 10 to 9 to amend the Clean Air Act to grant California’s request for a waiver from E.P.A.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy is one of the last towering figures on a stage where the players and the performances seem to be shrinking even as the problems expand.
Several analysts predicted that the Department of Education plan would significantly stabilize the college lending market.
The policy shift is intended to force the country’s new leader, Raúl Castro, to make good on promised reforms by giving his people the freedom to communicate.