1. BURNT OUT

    EPA Chief to Step Down

    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05:  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson addresses the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior December 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama and cabinet secretaries from his administration are scheduled to address the conference, which included breakout sessions on topics like "Protecting Our Communities: Law Enforcement and Disaster Relief," "Building Healthy Communities, Excellence in Education and Native American Youth," and other subjects.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    After four frustrating years, Lisa P. Jackson is stepping down from her position as chief as the Environmental Protection Agency. Though she informed staffers in a brief statement Thursday that she was confident “the ship is sailing in the right direction,” her resignation comes as her agency continues to struggle to make climate change a policy priority. Despite the president’s 2008 promise to combat the issue, Jackson’s tenure was instead consume with defending the E.P.A. against challenges from other industries and attacks from the Republican majority over what it called “job-killing regulations.”

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