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Senator Max Baucus to be named U.S. ambassador to China: Senate source

President Barack Obama will tap outgoing Senator Max Baucus to be the next US ambassador to China, a Senate aide said Wednesday. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Baucus helped craft Obama’s landmark health-care law, and his lengthy experience on the committee makes him well versed in trade issues,…

U.S. officials deny ‘complicity’ with pipeline execs

WASHINGTON — The State Department on Monday denied claims of “complicity” with a firm building a $7 billion US-Canada oil pipeline, made by an environmentalist group that released emails it said showed bias. The State Department insisted it had behaved “transparently and evenhandedly” toward the Keystone XL project to bring…