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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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New Index Shows Linkage Between Culture And Opportunity

A new index compares how our culture determines the level of opportunity in America.

TRNS News Notes- 7/25

Border: House GOP to huddle today
Refugee status for Honduran youths?
Border: House GOP freak-out
Gaza: Kerry proposes weeklong halt
MH17: EU sanctions? Investigation stuck?

No UN Staff Killed In Gaza School Shelling

15 Palestinian civilians were killed and hundreds wounded in Thursday’s attack against a UNRWA school in northern Gaza city of Beit Hanoun.

Union Preservation, Dick Cheney Is The Man, And WikiLeaks Takes The Stage

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Here’s what happened today in American political history.

Click here for: Friday, July 25

● GOP voters eagerly await elections

● Appeals court rejects antibiotic petitions

● Nicotine-like pesticides pollute Midwestern streams

● FOIA lawsuit is embedded in an FOIA lawsuit

● San Francisco renters’ ordinance hit by lawsuit

● Secret pact suppresses food safety

Cruz: Obama Is “Fundraiser In Chief”

“There is one and only one way to solve this crisis,” Cruz said. “Eliminate the promise of amnesty.”