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    • Puerto Rico’s Bankrupt Utility Agreed to Pay Whitefish Energy Double What Linemen Make, Documents Show

    • By: Aaron C. Davis, Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 10 mins
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    After Hurricane Maria knocked out electricity to millions of residents of Puerto Rico in September, the head of a small electric transmission company from Montana boasted that his firm could best manage the logistics of getting needed repairmen to the island. But within days of the utility approving a first payment of millions of dollars to Whitefish, Techmanski wrote of “problems with logistics.” He repeatedly pleaded for approval of costly airlifts of trucks that he said were stuck at ports in Florida.

    "Puerto Rico’s Bankrupt Utility Agreed to Pay Whitefish Energy Double What Linemen Make, Documents Show" is from the November 13, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Aaron C. Davis and Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Oil and Gas Industry Is Quickly Amassing Power in Trump's Washington

    • By: Juliet Eilperin, Steven Mufson, Philip Rucker
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 12 mins
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    After eight years of being banished and sometimes vilified by the Obama administration, the fossil fuel industry is enjoying a remarkable resurgence as its executives and lobbyists shape President-elect Donald Trump’s policy agenda and staff his administration.

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    • Why Trump Might Bend Nuclear Security Rules to Help Saudi Arabia Build Reactors in the Desert

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Next month, Saudi Arabia will announce the finalists of a sweepstakes. The prize? Multibillion-dollar contracts to build a pair of nuclear power reactors in desolate stretches of desert along the Persian Gulf.

    "Why Trump Might Bend Nuclear Security Rules to Help Saudi Arabia Build Reactors in the Desert" is from the February 20, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Puerto Rico Offers Fiscal Plan Settling Debt for Pennies on the Dollar

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Puerto Rico’s government unveiled a fiscal plan Thursday under which the commonwealth would only be able to support $2.5 billion to $14 billion of debt in the long term, a fraction of its current level. The plan suggests that holders of its bonds might receive as little as a nickel on the dollar.

    "Puerto Rico Offers Fiscal Plan Settling Debt for Pennies on the Dollar" is from the January 25, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Why Hollywood, Environmentalists and Native Americans Have Converged on North Dakota

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Why are celebrities like actor Mark Ruffalo, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, liberal television anchor Amy Goodman and scores of Native Americans from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe all converging on an isolated spot along the Missouri river of North Dakota?

    To block the construction of an oil pipeline. But there’s much more to it than that.

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    • What the Royal Purge Means for Saudi Arabia — and Its Oil

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    The Saudi leadership shake-up and wave of arrests over the weekend have rattled potential investors in the kingdom’s ambitious modernization drive to create a new city, diversify the economy and sell off a slice of the state-owned Saudi Aramco oil company.

    "What the Royal Purge Means for Saudi Arabia — and Its Oil" is from the November 06, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Meet Mr. ‘Death by China,’ Trump’s Inside Man on Trade

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 13 mins
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    Navarro’s ideas have been widely criticized by other economists. “The biggest source of U.S. economic challenges and the biggest set of solutions are to be found in domestic policy,” said Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama. “While international issues and a level playing field all matter, China is not the source of every problem, nor is doing something about China the answer to every problem.”

    "Meet Mr. ‘Death by China,’ Trump’s Inside Man on Trade" is from the February 17, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • In Puerto Rico, a Skirmish Over How Much Debt the Bankrupt Island Can Handle

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The $16 billion aid package that Congress approved for Puerto Rico as part of the budget deal this month came as a relief to the territory’s government. It also came as a relief to its bondholders.

    "In Puerto Rico, a Skirmish Over How Much Debt the Bankrupt Island Can Handle" is from the February 20, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Trump Keeps U.S. Allies on Edge Ahead of Steel Tariffs Deadline

    • By: Steven Mufson, Damian Paletta
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    President Trump on Monday neared a midnight deadline for one of the most consequential economic decisions of his presidency, whether to exempt key allies from steel and aluminum tariffs, but both cabinet members and foreign leaders remained unsure how the commander in chief will proceed.

    "Trump Keeps U.S. Allies on Edge Ahead of Steel Tariffs Deadline" is from the April 30, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and Damian Paletta and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Small Montana Firm Lands Puerto Rico's Biggest Contract to Get the Power Back On

    • By: Steven Mufson, Jack Gillum, Aaron C. Davis, and others
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 10 mins
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    For the sprawling effort to restore Puerto Rico’s crippled electrical grid, the territory’s state-owned utility has turned to a two-year-old company from Montana that had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria made landfall.

    "Small Montana Firm Lands Puerto Rico's Biggest Contract to Get the Power Back On" is from the October 23, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson, Jack Gillum, Aaron C. Davis and Arelis R. Hernández and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Puerto Rico Governor Says Contract to Whitefish Company Should Be Canceled

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 3 mins
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    The governor of Puerto Rico called for the cancellation of a controversial $300 million contract the island’s utility signed with a small Montana-based company tasked with a central role in repairing the territory’s hurricane-ravaged electric power grid.

    "Puerto Rico Governor Says Contract to Whitefish Company Should Be Canceled" is from the October 29, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • EPA Chief Pruitt Met With Many Corporate Execs. Then He Made Decisions in Their Favor.

    • By: Steven Mufson, Juliet Eilperin
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has met regularly with corporate executives from the automobile, mining and fossil fuel industries — in several instances shortly before making decisions favorable to those interest groups, according to a copy of his schedule obtained by The Washington Post.

    "EPA Chief Pruitt Met With Many Corporate Execs. Then He Made Decisions in Their Favor." is from the September 23, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Thousands of Emails Detail EPA Head’s Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry

    • By: Brady Dennis, Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 8 mins
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    In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal environmental regulations and spoke to conservative political groups about what they call government "overreach,” according to thousands of pages of emails released Wednesday.

    "Thousands of Emails Detail EPA Head’s Close Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry " is from the February 22, 2017 Energy and Environment section of The Washington Post. It was written by Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why the Bitcoin Craze is Using Up So Much Energy

    • By: Chris Mooney, Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 9 mins
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    The exploding price of the cryptocurrency bitcoin in recent months has triggered doubts not only about the financial sustainability of the rally, but about the environmental sustainability of the currency itself.

    "Why the Bitcoin Craze is Using Up So Much Energy" is from the December 19, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Obama to Propose New Unemployment Insurance Plan in Budget

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "Obama to Propose New Unemployment Insurance Plan in Budget" is from the Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Trump Federal Budget 2018: Massive Cuts to the Arts, Science and the Poor

    • By: Damian Paletta, Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Trump’s first budget proposal, which he named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” would increase defense spending by $54 billion and then offset that by stripping money from more than 18 other agencies.

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    • Obama and Chinese Leader Reach "Common Understanding" on Key Issues, but Differences Remain

    • By: Steven Mufson, David Nakamura
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "Obama and Chinese Leader Reach "Common Understanding" on Key Issues, but Differences Remain" is from the September 26, 2015 Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and David Nakamura and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • The SEC Is Blunting Investor Activism over Climate, K-Cups and Gay Rights

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Shareholders battling corporate management over everything from greenhouse gas emissions to discrimination to wasteful K-Cups are finding it more difficult to put their proposed proxy resolutions to votes as a result of new guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    "The SEC Is Blunting Investor Activism over Climate, K-Cups and Gay Rights" is from the April 09, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Obama's Foreign Policy Goals Get a Boost from Plunging Oil Prices

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "Obama's Foreign Policy Goals Get a Boost from Plunging Oil Prices" is from the Around the World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • What Trump’s Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal Means for Oil Prices

    • By: Steven Mufson
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 6 mins
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    President Trump has until May 12 to choose whether to scrap the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions, but the uncertainty over his decision is already roiling the Iranian economy and international oil markets.

    "What Trump’s Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal Means for Oil Prices" is from the May 07, 2018 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Steven Mufson and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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