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The Democratic agenda

House Energy and Commerce chair John Dingell tells Bloomberg in an interview that he will start work on global warming legislation next week while striving to preserve auto industry jobs in his home state of Michigan," and that "[e]verything from requiring service stations to have pumps for E-85, an ethanol based fuel, to scrapping fuel economy standards in favor of measuring vehicle carbon emissions will be considered." 

"Powerful House Democrats are pressing the Bush administration to persuade Tokyo to strengthen the yen, claiming the currency's weakness is bolstering Japanese imports at the expense of US manufacturers," says the Financial Times.  "The Democrats want Mr Paulson to distance himself from Tokyo at the Group of Seven finance ministers meeting starting in Germany today.  But he is likely to resist pressure from Congress and European leaders to single out Japan."