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Hoeven: Keystone XL Redirected To Avoid Nebraska Sandhills

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) says that new legislation that, if passed, would give the State Department 60 days to issue TransCanada Corp. a U.S. permit to begin work on the Keystone XL pipeline. Hoeven adds that the revised route in Nebraska will be included following approval from Nebraska environmental regulative agencies and the Environmental Protection […]

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Lugar: Obama Has Opportunity To Create 20K Jobs With Keystone XL

Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) says that President Obama has the opportunity to create at least 20,000 jobs if he allows the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to begin. (0:21) Listen

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McConnell: Obama Delaying Keystone XL To Save Political Points

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that President Obama and his administration have delayed issuing TransCanada Corp. a permit to begin work on the Keystone XL pipeline until 2013 in order to preserve political points leading up to the 2012 election. (0:29) Listen

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Rejecting Ban On Earmarks Is Cherry On Top Of Dysfunction, Says McCaskill

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduce legislation that would permanently eliminate earmarks. McCaskill says that it would be “the whipped cream and cherry” on a dysfunctional government for anyone who votes against permanently eliminating earmarks. (0:18) Listen

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I Was Shocked At Inclusion Of Earmarks In Defense Authorization Bill, Says McCaskill

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduce legislation that would permanently eliminate earmarks. McCaskill says she was shocked to find nearly 100 earmarks being included in the Defense Authorization bill. (0:17) Listen

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Banning Earmarks Will Change The Culture Of Congress, Says Toomey

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduce legislation that would permanently eliminate earmarks. Toomey says that the ban on earmarks will work to change the culture of Congress. (0:10) Listen

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Toomey: Earmarks Have Been Used As Currency To Buy Votes

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduce legislation that would permanently eliminate earmarks. Toomey says that earmarks became a currency that members could use to buy votes. (0:18) Listen

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Toomey: Earmarks Compromise Competitiveness In How Taxpayer Dollars Are Spent

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduce legislation that would permanently eliminate earmarks. Toomey labels the process in which members pursue earmarks as “flawed.” (0:23) Listen

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Toomey: Earmarking As Usual Is Disastrous For Our Country

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduce legislation that would permanently eliminate earmarks. Toomey says that their are efforts to revert back to the old processes of earmarking and that doing so would be disastrous for the country. (0:19) Listen

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Frank: Unworkable Majorities Will Stall Progress In Congress Regardless Of Party

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) answers reporters’ questions days after he announced he would not seek re-election in 2012. Frank says that whether or not Democrats regain control of the House following the 2012 election, there will still remain an unworkable majority in either House. Frank adds that reform to the 60-vote majority in the Senate […]

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Friday, March 6

● Gag order is revoked by court

● “Two for one” promoter hit with fine

● FOIA suit seeks Kissinger’s phone calls

● IRS tax help goes online

● Butane and bongs don’t mix

● Tobacco industry kicks scientists off panel

Major U.S. Banks Pass Hypothetical Stress Test

The simulated economic stress test is now a required practice conducted by the Federal Reserve on a quarterly bases by the Dodd-Frank Act

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – March 6, 2015

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NASA arrives at the dwarf planet Ceres, February employment figures are released and the Deputy Secretary of State visits Ukraine.

McConnell To Postpone Vote Over Iran Nuclear Deal

The legislation would allow Congress to approve or reject final negotiations over Iran’s nuclear capabilities currently being brokered between Iranian officials and six other nations including the U.S.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – March 5, 2015

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In South Sudan and Yemen, a pair of political reconciliation efforts run into trouble.

McCain, Graham: Iranian Military Leader In Iraq Jeopardizes ISIL Mission

Iranian Major Gen. Qasem Soleimani is leading the charge to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from ISIL terrorists on the ground. (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Iranian Major Gen. Qasem Soleimani is widely regarded as one of the most powerful men in Iraq.