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Senate confirms McCarthy as chief environmental regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy on Thursday to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a long-awaited move that could help President Barack Obama revive his plans to fight climate change.Full story

Senate duo dials back anti-big bank proposal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to force U.S. banks to drastically raise their capital buffers - a proposal that has been criticized as a veiled attempt to break up the biggest banks - was presented in a slightly weakened form by two senators on Wednesday. Full story

Two senators want banks to hold more capital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The largest U.S. banks would have to hold far more capital under a proposal from two senators that would toss out international bank capital rules, according to draft legislation. Full story

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Comeback kids? Sex scandals won’t stop these politicians

Lawmakers try to shield Army Corps of Engineers from cuts

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  How and why do the voters forgive?

Chris Hayes and the panel talk about some of the major political sex scandals of the past few years and try to parse why some politicians survived them and others did not.

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