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Harvey knocks out energy infrastructure, threatening higher gas prices

Hurricane Harvey is taking more oil and gas infrastructure offline in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, raising prospects for a spike in gasoline prices.

Nearly 19 percent of Gulf of Mexico oil production, and more than 18 percent of its natural gas production, are offline as of Monday afternoon, federal officials said.

At least 10 refineries in the region have also shuttered. According to S&P Global Platts figures on Sunday night, about 2.2 million barrels per day of refining capacity have closed in Texas, including major plants operated by Exxon Mobil Corp., Valero, Shell and other oil giants.
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GOP risks spending confrontation with Trump

GOP leaders seeking a way out of their September logjam are talking about tying a disaster aid bill for Hurricane Harvey to a larger measure funding the government and raising the nation’s borrowing limit.

Including the disaster aid would almost certainly win some Republican votes for the package, which will otherwise be unpopular with GOP lawmakers who oppose a “clean” debt ceiling hike and would like to impose restrictions on government spending.

But the move risks a confrontation with President Trump, who is demanding that the end-of-month bill include $1.6 billion in funding for his southern border wall.
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Progressive group running ads opposing tax cuts for the wealthy

A tax reform campaign backed by progressive organizations is running television ads urging GOP lawmakers in competitive districts to oppose tax cuts for the wealthy.

Not One Penny rolled out a seven-figure ad campaign on Friday, and the group on Monday announced that it is also running Spanish-language ads as part of the campaign.

The ads ask the public to tell their lawmakers that there should be “not one penny in tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations.”
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