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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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Kasich Leads Widely Unknown Opponent In Ohio

65 percent of voters in Ohio stated that they don’t know enough about Democrat Ed FitzGerald to form an opinion.

GDP Up 4% In 2014’s Second Quarter

The new numbers reflect a boost from the previous quarter, wherein the GDP shrank by 2.1 percent.

Veterans Get A Chance To Escape Government-Run Health Care

The scandals are linked to the fact that the VA is a government-run bureaucracy, which creates barriers to getting quality health care.

TRNS News Notes 7/30

Border: House and Senate clash
Ukraine: “Not a cold war”
Impeachment: Whose “scam” is it anyway?
Gaza: Israel “hits school refuge”
VA: Senate confirms new secretary
Congress: Closer to “highway cliff”

Roosevelt Makes WAVES, Ike Likes A New Motto, and Nixon Releases His Audio Collection

President Richard Nixon

Here’s what happened today in American political history.

Click here for: Wednesday, July 30

● ASNE releases newsroom census

● Report describes debtor nation

● Get to the ER on time

● Rights groups defend FCC jail phone order

● Skin cancer is a major health problem

● COOL survives en banc review