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U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental ReviewThe State Department says that production of Canadian tar-sand crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be increased if the Keystone XL pipeline goes ahead — and therefore would do little to contribute to climate change.

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal ContractsNews broke this morning that President Obama will announce during his State of the Union address tonight that he's going to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage in new federal contracts.

Obama: Marijuana Is Not ‘More Dangerous Than Alcohol’

Obama: Marijuana Is Not ‘More Dangerous Than Alcohol’The New Yorker has just dropped an extensive profile of President Obama by David Remnick, who wrote a major book on the president published in 2011.

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold ‘Metadata’

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold ‘Metadata’President Obama is expected to announce Friday morning that he is "ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone 'metadata' " that the National Security Agency collects, officials are telling Reuters and NPR.

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending BillThe House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill — a compromise that appeared to get past the bitter partisan showdowns that have caused an unpopular federal government shutdown and nearly tipped the U.S. into default.

An ‘Embarrassed And Humiliated’ Gov. Christie Apologizes

An ‘Embarrassed And Humiliated’ Gov. Christie ApologizesSaying he is "embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some people on my team," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized to the people of New Jersey for his aides' role in a scheme to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge.

Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment BenefitsA three-month extension of federal unemployment benefits for 1.3 million jobless Americans won a key procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve ChairThe Senate has voted to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen as the next leader of the U.S. Federal Reserve. With Monday's vote, Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America's banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.

Sebelius Touts 2 Million Obamacare Enrollees

Sebelius Touts 2 Million Obamacare EnrolleesHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has spent months fending off critics of the Affordable Care Act rollout, is touting the more than 2 million people who have signed up for coverage despite the troubled HealthCare.gov website.

Wicked Winter Storm Expected To Blow Itself Out Later Today

Wicked Winter Storm Expected To Blow Itself Out Later TodayIt's been a big storm: The worst may have passed, but an early Friday satellite image shows that bad weather still stretched across much of the nation.