CNN: Arizona mother sits in Mexico jail wrongly accused of smuggling drugs, family says
An Arizona mother of seven is being held in a Mexican jail, accused of smuggling about 12 pounds of marijuana, a charge her family vehemently denies. A Mexican state official also believes Yanira Maldonado was framed. On Tuesday, Maldonado may find out whether she will go free or remain jailed until a trial. "She's innocent," Maldonado's daughter, Anna Soto, said Monday during an emotional interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "She's an honest good woman. A Christian woman that would never do anything to jeopardize her freedom." Police arrested Maldonado on Wednesday as she and her husband, Gary, were on their way back from a family funeral on a bus.
CNN: Southern California fire burns 1,000 acres; thousands flee
Crews in Southern California struggled to get the upper hand on a fast-moving wildfire in Santa Barbara County early Tuesday. Known as the White Fire, the blaze had already charred some 1,000 acres after getting its start Monday afternoon, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen said. The flames were 5% contained. The Forest Service expects to have 700 personnel in place Tuesday morning. The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department evacuated up to 6,000 people from the popular White Rock Campground at the end of the busy Memorial Day weekend as the wildfire advanced, public information officer Kelly Hoover said.
NYT: Gun Makers Saw No Role in Curbing Improper Sales
The Glock executive testified that he would keep doing business with a gun dealer who had been indicted on a charge of violating firearms laws because “This is still America” and “You’re still innocent until proven guilty.” The president of Sturm, Ruger was not interested in knowing how often the police traced guns back to the company’s distributors, saying it “wouldn’t show us anything.” And a top executive for Taurus International said his company made no attempt to learn if dealers who sell its products were involved in gun trafficking on the black market. “I don’t even know what a gun trafficker is,” he said. The world’s firearms manufacturers have been largely silent in the debate over gun violence. But their voices emerge from thousands of pages of depositions in a series of liability lawsuits a decade ago, before Congress passed a law shielding them from such suits in 2005, and the only time many of them were forced to answer such questions.
NYT: Obama Plans 3 Nominations for Key Court
President Obama will soon accelerate his efforts to put a lasting imprint on the country’s judiciary by simultaneously nominating three judges to an important federal court, a move that is certain to unleash fierce Republican opposition and could rekindle a broader partisan struggle over Senate rules. In trying to fill the three vacancies on the 11-member United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at once, Mr. Obama will be adopting a more aggressive nomination strategy. He will effectively be daring Republicans to find specific ground to filibuster all the nominees. White House officials declined to say who Mr. Obama’s choices will be ahead of an announcement that could come this week, but leading contenders for the spots appear to include Cornelia T. L. Pillard, a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center; David C. Frederick, who often represents consumers and investors at the Supreme Court; and Patricia Ann Millett, a veteran appeals lawyer in Washington.
NPR: Obama's Next Big Campaign: Selling Health Care To The Public
President Obama often tells audiences that he has waged his last campaign. But that's not exactly true. The White House is gearing up for a massive campaign this summer that will cover all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. And the president's legacy may hinge on whether it succeeds or fails. The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has been through more life-and-death cliffhangers than a season finale of Homeland. After squeaker votes in Congress and a 5-4 ruling upholding the law at the Supreme Court, now there's another big hurdle: getting uninsured people to buy health care when it becomes available Oct. 1.
NYT: In Terror Shift, Obama Took a Long Path
The pivot in counterterrorism policy that President Obama announced last week was nearly two years in the making, but perhaps the most critical moment came last spring during a White House meeting as he talked about the future of the nation’s long-running terrorism war. Underlying the discussion was a simple fact: It was an election year. And Mr. Obama might lose. For nearly four years, the president had waged a relentless war from the skies against Al Qaeda and its allies, and he trusted that he had found what he considered a reasonable balance even if his critics did not see it that way. But now, he told his aides, he wanted to institutionalize what in effect had been an ad hoc war, effectively shaping the parameters for years to come “whether he was re-elected or somebody else became president,” as one aide said. Ultimately, he would decide to write a new playbook that would scale back the use of drones, target only those who really threatened the United States, eventually get the C.I.A. out of the targeted killing business and, more generally, begin moving the United States past the “perpetual war” it had waged since Sept. 11, 2001.
WaPo: Conservatives stymied in attempts to weaken immigration reform law
Over the past three weeks, Sen. Jeff Sessions tried everything he could to blow up a comprehensive immigration bill. The Alabama Republican offered 17 amendments, championed the concerns of border-enforcement employee unions and decried the cost to taxpayers. Ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee vote, Sessions produced a letter denouncing the proposal signed by opinion makers such as Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin. For hard-line foes of immigration reform, the lopsided outcome produced a moment of clarity about the challenges they face in repeating their 2007 feat of scuttling comprehensive immigration legislation. Unlike six years ago, the loudest voices of dissent were drowned out by a disciplined performance from a bipartisan group of eight senators who teamed up to fight off the most serious threats to the bill.
NYT: Immigrant Measure Still Backed by Gays
Lawmakers supporting a bipartisan bill in the Senate to overhaul the immigration system faced a surge of outrage last week from gay rights advocates after a provision those groups supported was left off the legislation in committee at the last minute. Advocates focused their fury on several Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, which considered more than 300 amendments to the bill, after the senators warned the chairman, Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, that they would not vote for an amendment he wanted to introduce. … But as the bill now moves to the Senate floor, the political damage from the episode for the Democrats — including senators who have been firm allies of gay causes like Mr. Leahy, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Richard J. Durbin of Illinois — may not be as severe as it first appeared. Gay rights advocates, stepping back from the loss, said the overhaul still contained many measures that could benefit gay immigrants, most of which came through the committee gantlet unscathed.
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Politico: John Boehner’s shrinking power
House Speaker John Boehner, who by title and position should be the second most powerful person in Washington, sure doesn’t seem or sound like it. He has little ability to work his will with fellow House Republicans. He has quit for good his solo efforts to craft a grand bargain on taxes and spending. And he hasn’t bothered to initiate a substantive conversation with President Barack Obama in this calendar year. All of this recently prompted Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, herself a former speaker, to declare on MSNBC that if Boehner were a woman, he would be known as the weakest speaker in U.S. history. So is Boehner weak? “You’re missing my style, all right?” Boehner told us in an interview. “I don’t need to be out there beating the drum every day. My job as the leader is to build my team, encourage my members, help provide leadership to my members and committee chairs and let the institution work. “It doesn’t need the heavy hand of the speaker all over everything.”
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WSJ: Decades Later, Back to the Hill
After more than three decades away, Rep. Rick Nolan returned to Congress this year from Minnesota to find some big changes. Aides no longer produce the weekly newsletter on a mimeograph machine. Letters are typed on computers, instead of IBM IBM -0.21% Selectric typewriters. This time around, Mr. Nolan totes an iPhone. But the technological advances pale in comparison to the institutional changes that have transformed the House, in Mr. Nolan's view, from a collegial hive of busy committees to a polarized battleground. While many lawmakers have said Congress has lost its congeniality amid a rise in partisanship, few have witnessed the changes quite like Mr. Nolan. As a young father of four, the Democrat served three terms in the House, from 1975 until 1981, before departing for the private sector. Now 69 years old and a grandfather to 10, Mr. Nolan returned to Congress in January after 32 years—the longest gap on record between congressional terms—to represent the district in northeast Minnesota that includes Duluth, Brainerd and Chisholm.
The Hill: Iowa buzzes over Scott Walker
Iowa insiders say don’t sleep on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) as a possible 2016 presidential contender. Walker gave a well-received speech to the Iowa Republican Party Thursday night, and many in the state say he would bring some strong assets to a presidential run. While the beltway presidential buzz has focused on Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Walker’s admirers say his record as a conservative warrior, folksy Midwestern demeanor and big fundraising connections could make him a contender. “Gov. Walker has a lot going for him and he'd be a very appealing candidate in a state like Iowa for the caucuses,” says Bob Vander Plaats, an influential social conservative kingmaker in the state. “Not only is he right on a lot of issues, he's been very bold and courageous on his leadership on a lot of those issues. And being a neighbor to Iowa doesn't guarantee you success but it certainly doesn't hurt.”
BuzzFeed: Anthony Weiner, Spirits Soaring, Finds His Crowd In Queens
In Southeast Queens, at the corner of Merrick and Francis Lewis Boulevards, the Laurelton Memorial Day parade is assembling outside a Duane Reade, though you’d barely know it. Just before 9 a.m., when the annual march is set to begin, the parking lot is quiet, and the crowd of Boy Scouts and drummers, residents and veterans, is scattered, waiting for the real parade hubbub to get going. “Did you think it started at 10?” says one woman, on the phone with a tardy friend. There’s a tacit agreement among early arrivals that not much can start in earnest until the main attraction makes his appearance. Although John Liu and Bill Thompson, two New York City mayoral candidates, are scheduled to march in the Laurelton parade — as are a handful of other officials, including disgraced state Sen. Malcolm Smith, arrested last month on corruption charges — that’s not why television satellite trucks stand vigil down the block. Anthony Weiner is coming.
WaPo: Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies
Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry. Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board. Experts warn that the electronic intrusions gave China access to advanced technology that could accelerate the development of its weapons systems and weaken the U.S. military advantage in a future conflict.
Bloomberg: Donilon Tells Xi the U.S. Seeks Closer Ties With China
President Barack Obama wants to build more cooperation and trust in the U.S.-China relationship, U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told China’s President Xi Jinping weeks before the two leaders meet in the U.S. The two countries’ relationship is at a “critical juncture to build on successes and open up new dimensions for the future,” Xi told Donilon when they met at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. The Chinese leader will meet Obama on June 7 and 8 in California. The meetings are part of efforts to smooth over recent strains in the relationship between the world’s two biggest economies, after the U.S. alleged that China is behind a cyber-espionage campaign against American companies. The sides disagree over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, Iran’s weapons program and how to respond to Syria’s civil war.
USA Today: Marines punished for sexist, threatening posts
Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a former Marine and several active-duty Marines after they allegedly posted threatening and lewd messages on social media sites that targeted President Obama and a California congresswoman, according to a government official informed of the investigations. The former Marine was interviewed last week by the Secret Service for the threatening post against President Obama, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigations are ongoing. The Secret Service does not discuss its protective actions, said spokesman George Ogilvie.
WaPo: Budget cuts leave Air Force pilots twisting in the wind
The Air Force has retained enough combat power to meet current requirements around the globe, including in Afghanistan and any immediate crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Beyond that, senior officers said, it’s a question mark. Air Force officials said the “tiered readiness” they have adopted for active-duty air combat units, which they describe as unprecedented, carries the risk that there may not be sufficient combat air power to respond immediately to contingencies. “We are funding the known and accepting risk in the unknown,” Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said Friday. Standing down the 336th through the end of the fiscal year will save about $50 million, according to the Air Force. But the savings will come with their own costs, officers said.
Boston Globe: All sides pressing John Kerry on pipeline
Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who for decades has portrayed himself as one of the nation’s leading environmentalists, is under siege from all sides as he faces one of the most difficult decisions of his career: whether to approve the Keystone pipeline. Several environmental groups are set to launch campaigns this summer to pressure Kerry into opposing the pipeline. One will publicize his past calls to fight global climate change — statements that they argue would make Kerry look like a hypocrite if he now supports the pipeline. Pipeline advocates, meanwhile, aregearing up for lobbying efforts of their own, hiring firms whose consultants include several former Kerry aides. One measure of the intensity of public sentiment: A staggering 1.2 million comments — an unprecedented number — have been submitted by the public as part of the State Department’s review process.
CNN: U.S. pilot rescued after ejecting from F-15 over Pacific Ocean
A Japanese helicopter plucked the pilot of a U.S. fighter jet from the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday after an unspecified problem forced him to eject in mid-flight. The F-15 jet, from the U.S. Air Force's Kadena base on the island of Okinawa, developed the problem on Tuesday morning, the U.S. Air Force said. The pilot, whose name has not been disclosed, is reported to have ejected safely about 70 miles (110 kilometers) east of Okinawa around 9 a.m., according to the Air Force.
AVIATION, REGULATION and JUSTICE:
CNN: High court poised for a month of high-stakes rulings
Four weeks. Four major legal rulings. What the Supreme Court decides by the end of June could fundamentally change lives and legacies on a range of politically explosive issues. The justices will meet in at least five public sessions to release opinions in its remaining 30 cases, among them some the most strongly-contested legal and social issues they have confronted in decades: - Same-sex marriage: A pair of appeals testing whether gays and lesbian couples have a fundamental constitutional right to wed. - Affirmative action: May race continue to be used as a factor in college admissions, to achieve classroom diversity? - Voting rights: The future of the Voting Rights Act, and continued federal oversight of elections in states with a past history of discrimination. - Gene patents: Can "products of nature" like isolated parts of the human genome be held as the exclusive intellectual property of individuals and companies, through government-issued patents?
CNN: Prosecutors: Ex-Guatemalan president turned office into 'his personal ATM'
Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo will appear in a New York court Tuesday to answer to charges that he laundered $70 million through U.S. banks while in power. Portillo, who was extradited to the United States last week, has always denied the charges against him and says the accusations are based on the lies of political enemies seeking revenge. "In the United States, it is a revenge of the richest group of the American right," he said in an interview with CNN en Español in January. "They are charging me for being the only president who did not support, with his signature nor with his permission, the invasion in Iraq." U.S. prosecutors have said Portillo - who led the Central American country from 2000 to 2004 - used his authority to launder and misappropriate millions of dollars.
LA Times: Kickbacks as 'a natural part of business' at Fannie Mae alleged
Before dawn one hazy March day in L.A., Armando Granillo pulled his SUV into a Starbucks near MacArthur Park, where he planned to pick up an envelope full of cash from an Arizona real estate broker, federal investigators say. Granillo, a foreclosure specialist at mortgage giant Fannie Mae, expected to drive off with $11,200 — an illegal kickback for steering foreclosure listings to brokers, authorities allege in court records. Granillo would leave in handcuffs. And investigators are now looking into assertions by Granillo and another former Fannie Mae foreclosure specialist that such kickbacks were "a natural part of business" at the government-sponsored housing finance company, as Granillo allegedly told the broker in a wiretapped conversation. Investigators are examining whether other workers in Fannie Mae's Irvine office solicited illegal payments, according to three people with knowledge of the probe, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Granillo at first offered to cooperate with investigators but later declined to talk, two of the people said.
The Detroit News: Mackinac event sets stage for elections
Michigan's business, education, charity and political leaders are heading north today for the Wednesday start of the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual three-day policy conference on Mackinac Island. While education reform, immigration reform and developing a talented workforce are on the official agenda for the 1,600 attendees, the Mackinac Policy Conference at the Grand Hotel is expected to intensify this year's Detroit mayoral race and provide a stage for 2014 statewide races and 2016 presidential politicking.
Dallas Morning News: Perry calls special session, signals pivot to political topics
In a pivot worthy of Jekyll and Hyde, Gov. Rick Perry called lawmakers back into an immediate — and probably contentious — special session, less than an hour after they finished a workmanlike and collegial 140-day assembly. The proclamation overshadowed the end of a largely bipartisan regular session, in which lawmakers “reached across the aisle” and “found common ground,” House Speaker Joe Straus said. But with back slaps and warm testimonials still echoing in the chambers, Perry told lawmakers to sit tight. On the agenda of the special session, which can last for 30 days, is the red-meat issue of redistricting, but speculation abounds that the governor will add large side dishes of abortion, drug testing for welfare applicants and guns on campus.
Hartford Courant: Doctors Of 'The Hartford Consensus' Draft Plan To Help Cities, Towns Prepare For Mass Shootings
A Hartford Hospital trauma physician met with doctors from the FBI, the Navy, the Dallas SWAT team, the New Orleans Police Department and elsewhere one day in April to begin work on a plan to help cities and towns better prepare for a mass shooting. The goal is to coordinate teams of first-responders and increase the number of survivors. The idea was hatched by the American College of Surgeons in response to the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Baltimore Sun: O'Malley forms city task force to look into jail corruption
A month after a federal indictment alleged widespread corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center, Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday announced a new task force charged with pushing the inquisition further. O'Malley said in a statement "there is much more work to do" and called the new task force "a powerful new weapon in our arsenal." The task force comes as O'Malley has been under fire for his handling of the April indictment of 13 correctional officers accused of helping a dozen members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang effectively take over the jail — allegations that span more than 18 months. The indictment accused the guards of helping smuggle drugs and cell phones to gang members behind bars.
Seattle Post Intelligencer: FBI shared child porn to nab pedophiles; Washington home raided
The FBI seized and ran a child pornography service late last year as investigators worked to identify its customers, one Western Washington man allegedly among them. Following a lengthy investigation, Nebraska-based agents raided the large child pornography service in November hoping to catch users who shared thousands of images showing children being raped, displayed and abused. The Bureau ran the service for two weeks while attempting to identify more than 5,000 customers, according to a Seattle FBI agent's statements to the court. Court records indicate the site continued to distribute child pornography online while under FBI control; the Seattle-based special agent, a specialist in online crimes against children, detailed the investigation earlier this month in a statement to the court. The investigation appears to mark a departure for the Bureau and other federal law enforcement agencies aiming to root out child porn purveyors.
The Guardian: EU exit would put US trade deal at risk, Britain warned
The Obama administration has warned British officials that if the UK leaves Europe it will exclude itself from a US-EU trade and investment partnership potentially worth hundreds of billions of pounds a year, and that it was very unlikely that Washington would make a separate deal with Britain. The warning comes in the wake of David Cameron's visit to Washington, which was primarily intended as a joint promotion of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with Barack Obama, which the prime minister said could bring £10bn a year to the UK alone, but which was overshadowed by a cabinet rebellion back in London. The threat by Cameron's ministers to back a UK exit in a referendum on the EU raised doubts in Washington on whether Britain would still be part of the deal once it had been negotiated. More immediately, Obama administration officials were concerned that the uncertainty over Britain's future would further complicate what is already a hard sell in Congress, threatening a central pledge in the president's State of the Union address in February.
NYT: Europe and China Trade Talks End Bitterly
Trade negotiations between the European Union and China ended on Monday with mutual recriminations. China called on the European Union to refrain from imposing tariffs on solar panels, and the European trade commissioner complained that China was pressuring individual countries to prevent Europe from reaching a consensus. The European Union accuses Chinese firms of selling solar panels below cost in Europe, a practice known as dumping, and has already proposed antidumping tariffs of nearly 50 percent on Chinese solar panel shipments. That is one of the largest categories of Chinese exports to Europe and worth about $27 billion a year.
CNN: EU countries now free to arm Syrian rebels
The heated international debate over whether to arm Syrian rebels took a dramatic turn Monday after the European Union lifted its arms embargo on the war-torn country. While there are no immediate plans to ship weapons to rebels trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad, the move sends a strong message to the defiant president, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said. "It was a difficult decision for some countries, but it was necessary and right to reinforce international efforts to reach a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria," Hague said in a written statement. "It was important for Europe to send a clear signal to the Assad regime that it has to negotiate seriously, and that all options remain on the table if it refuses to do so." The Syrian Arab News Agency, a platform for the Syrian government, did not immediately comment on the EU decision.
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NYT: South Korea Urges North to Be Serious Before Talks
South Korea opposes engaging the North in another round of “talks for talks’ sake,” its foreign minister said Monday, after a special North Korean envoy reportedly told Beijing that the North was ready to return to the negotiating table. The envoy, Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, made the statement when he met the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Friday, according to the official Chinese news media. Reporting the same meeting, however, North Korea’s state-run news media reported neither Vice Marshal Choe’s comment nor Mr. Xi’s call for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. That glaring gap between the two Communist allies cast doubt on the prospects for reconvening the long-stalled six-nation talks intended to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs.
BBC: South Korea suspends more nuclear reactors over unapproved parts
South Korea has suspended operations at two more nuclear reactors over the use of unauthorised parts. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission also delayed the start of operations at two other reactors, but said there was no public safety threat. Two reactors were suspended in late 2012, amid a scandal over parts with fake safety certificates. South Korea has 23 nuclear reactors which supply about a third of its electricity needs.
WSJ: Africa Leaders Denounce Court's 'Hunting'
African leaders accused the International Criminal Court of "hunting" Africans and called for cases against Kenya's president and vice president to be turned over to local courts. The 54-nation pan-continental African Union said after a summit in Ethiopia that it would ask the ICC to refer cases related to Kenya's 2007 postelection violence to authorities in the East African country. Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told reporters the decade-old court had eroded its legitimacy by focusing solely on Africa. Referring to the fact that all eight of the ICC's formal investigations have been in Africa, Mr. Desalegn said "now the process has degenerated into some kind of race hunting."
CNN: Australian prime minister says reports of Chinese hacking are 'inaccurate'
Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia has described as "inaccurate" a TV report alleging that several government institutions including the country's main spy agency fell victim to foreign cyberattacks. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's investigative program Four Corners reported that hackers, thought to be from China, had breached government agencies including the prime minister's office and cabinet, as well as the departments of foreign affairs and defense. The most striking element in the report was the allegation that a cyberattack from a server in China stole the blueprints to the new headquarters of the ASIO, Australia's top intelligence organization, including details on the building's security and communications systems, its floor plan and the locations of its servers. But Gillard sought to play down the TV program's claims.
WSJ: U.S. Oil Boom Divides OPEC
The American energy boom is deepening splits within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, threatening to drive a wedge between African and Arab members as OPEC grapples with a revolution in the global oil trade. OPEC members gathering on Friday in Vienna will confront a disagreement over the impact of rising U.S. shale-oil production, with the most vulnerable countries arguing that the group should prepare for production cuts to prop up prices if they fall any lower. "We are heading toward some problems," said a Persian Gulf OPEC delegate. African OPEC members such as Algeria and Nigeria—which produce oil of similar grade to shale oil—are suffering the worst effects from the North American oil boom. Nigeria Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke deemed U.S. shale oil a "grave concern." Gulf countries, notably Saudi Arabia, pass relatively unscathed—and are the only OPEC members with the flexibility to cut production. But they are unlikely to let that happen at Friday's meeting, several OPEC delegates said.
Financial Times: China eyes carbon emissions cap
China is looking at introducing tough controls on its carbon pollution as soon as 2016, in a shift that could boost talks on a global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions, an official at the heart of state carbon policy has said. China, which accounts for nearly a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions, has resisted international pressure to commit to absolute cuts in its emissions, which are the world's highest. Instead, it has said it will lower its "carbon intensity", or emissions relative to economic output. However, the powerful economic planning ministry is considering an outright cap on emissions for its next five-year plan (2016-20) and is studying what level would be appropriate, Jiang Kejun said.