Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC

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The latest Sealaska land conveyance bill had its first public showing in Congress on Thursday. Download Audio

Greenpeace is trying to coax would-be whistleblowers to come out against the Arctic oil companies they work for. The environmental group launches a website today called Arctic Truth. Download Audio

It turns out, a sitting U.S. Senator can't simply bring home-state halibut into the White House. Download Audio

A Senate subcommittee is yet again debating a measure to label Mount McKinley as Denali, the traditional name. Download Audio

A liberal group is running ads against Senator Mark Begich for his votes against expanded background checks for gun sales. Download Audio

Begich may face Joe Miller in the 2014 Senate race. And if Miller does decide to run, voters can expect the same brand of fiery rhetoric he used to try to unseat Senator Murkowski in 2010. Download Audio

The U.S. Senate voted down a host of new gun regulations, including a new assault weapons ban. Senators bucked public opinion and voted against expanding background checks to online sales and gun shows. And it nixed a plan to limit the size of ammunition magazines. Download Audio

Federal regulators pushed back against ConocoPhillips. The company, citing “regulatory uncertainty” recently announced it suspended its Arctic drilling campaign indefinitely. Download Audio

Former Senate candidate Joe Miller announced he's testing the waters in a 2014 bid against Senator Mark Begich. Download Audio

The Senate voted Thursday morning to open debate on a new package of gun regulations. Neither of Alaska’s senators supported the procedural vote. Download Audio

The U.S. Senate will vote Thursday whether to begin debate on a package of new gun regulations. The bill aims to strengthen school safety and stiffen penalties for gun trafficking. Download Audio

ConocoPhillips announced today it is suspending its Chuckchi Sea drilling campaign. The company says “regulatory uncertainty” led to the decision. Download Audio

President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Energy Department, Ernest Moniz, director of the MIT Energy Initiative, testified before the Senate Energy Committee today.

An administrative judge reversed the suspensions of two prosecutors in the botched corruption case against former Senator Ted Stevens.

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Global Arms Trade Treaty this week. The three no votes came from North Korea, Iran and Syria. But there's more opposition in the United States Senate.

The group Numbers USA aims to "educate voters" in states with senators who could play a pivotal role in the coming immigration debate. The group started airing an ad throughout Alaska this week that asks actors who "thinks Senator Mark Begich's plan to bring in foreign workers to take American jobs is a good idea?"

Senator Mark Begich says everyone will need to feel the pinch of sequester, so he’s decided to return a portion of his salary to the Treasury this year. Download Audio

The EPA is scheduled to release its revised watershed assessment for the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay sometime this spring. Conservation groups are stepping up the lobbying pressure in Washington in anticipation of the ruling. Download Audio

Congressman Don Young issued an apology for a derogatory term he used to describe Latinos earlier this week in Ketchikan. Download Audio

Early Saturday morning the U.S. Senate passed a budget, a first in four years. Joining us from the Capitol to recap the vote and what it means for Alaska is APRN’s Washington correspondent Peter Granitz. Download Audio