President Obama will name Ernie Moniz as the next secretary of the Department of Energy. Moniz is a physicist and academic — but unlike his predecessor, he's a seasoned politico who knows Washington and Congress. Moniz will please and annoy both ends of the energy policy spectrum: He's a big solar and wind booster, but a fan of natural gas and nuclear power as well.
The Chesapeake Bay once supplied most of the nation's oysters, but overharvesting and disease nearly wiped them out. Now, major public-private efforts to re-establish the oyster as a quality local food product appear to be working. And chefs say the results are sweeter than oysters from other waters.
It's the season of peace and goodwill, but President Obama may have tested the limits of both with comments at his end-of-year news conference. He suggested Republicans would be "crazy" to wage a new debt ceiling fight and seemed to question even his allies' motives on Iran sanctions.
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