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Rejected Pipeline Becomes Hot-Button Election Issue

President Obama rejected an application to build the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday. He blamed congressional Republicans, who had set a 60-day deadline for his administration to complete its review of the project.

Iowa ‘Split Decision’ Ominous Sign For Romney As Gingrich Gains Ground

With the South Carolina primary just two days away, Mitt Romney woke up to some troubling news. The Iowa Republican Party seemed poised to revisit his Jan. 3 victory in the caucuses.

GOP candidates scramble for S. Carolina’s military vote

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The fall of Texas Gov. Rick Perry has opened up a key voting bloc to the other Republican candidates running for president: military veterans.

South Carolina has more than 400,000 military veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. But in a state with eight military bases that pump $13 billion a year into the state’s economy, the military vote extends far beyond veterans.

Alaska’s ‘bridge to nowhere’ needs state cash to move ahead

WASHINGTON — The fate of a project nationally mocked as a “bridge to nowhere” when Congress earmarked money for it now hangs in the balance as the state of Alaska decides whether it’s worth putting its own cash on the line.

As websites go black, Washington lawmakers react

WASHINGTON — In the vast universe of the Internet, some planets went temporarily dark Wednesday to protest government attempts to intrude on what’s long been their anything-goes frontier. And there’s evidence that it made an impact in Washington.

Oil and Gas Jobs Increase by 75,000 Under Obama — 69,000 More Than Would Be Created By Keystone XL

Approximately 75,000 jobs were created in the oil and gas sector under the Obama Administration between 2009 to 2011, according to analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That’s roughly 69,000 more jobs than would be created by construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Majority Of Voters Say Super PACs Have A Negative Effect On Campaigns

As the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling draws near, a majority of voters say they do not like the effect it’s having on American elections. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 54 percent of voters said they knew of the controversial 2010 decision that allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaigns through so-called Super PACs (political action committees). Of those who were familiar with the ruling, 65 percent said they think the effect on campaigns has been negative, and only 15 percent said the result has been positive. What’s more, the disapproval was bipartisan, with 60 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats condemning its effects.

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