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3:31pm

Wed January 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Keystone: Dead Pipeline Lives On As Election Year Issue

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 3:47 pm

Now that President Obama has made his decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, an obvious question is what will it mean for the 2012 presidential election?

Obviously, no one really knows the answer to that though that won't stop weeks if not months of speculation.

The key to Keystone is, which side will have the most success in framing its case to enough voters for it to make a difference?

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10:02am

Wed January 18, 2012
Business

Net Goes █████████ In Protest Today

Screencap of how en.wikipedia.org appears today (01/18/2012) during the internet protest of SOPA/PIPA
en.wikipedia.org

People attempting to access Wikipedia across Colorado and the US Wednesday morning were met with a dark screen. What gives? The massive user edited online encyclopedia has blocked US users from creating and reading its entries to protest the controversial SOPA/PIPA anti-piracy bills.

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8:40am

Fri January 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Government-Streamlining Offer Creates GOP Dilemma

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 10:54 am

President Obama proposal to streamline government will be challenging for the GOP to counter.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

Maybe even if it weren't a general-election year, President Obama would still be proposing that Congress give him the power to merge federal agencies to make the government smaller and more efficient.

But the fact is it is the year in which the president is seeking re-election, a year in which both the eventual Republican presidential nominee and Obama's GOP opponents in Congress will assert hundreds of times before it's over that he is a big-government Democrat.

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5:30am

Fri January 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Obama To Seek Power To Merge Agencies, Streamline Government

(A new lede was put on this post at 11:30 a.m. ET.)

Saying "the government we have is not the government we need" and that it's still organized for the 20th Century, President Obama is asking Congress to give him the power to do some streamlining and merging of agencies that overlap.

"I'm calling on Congress to reinstate the authority that past presidents have had" to reorganize the government, the president just said at the White House. He pledged to only use the authority to make the government more efficient and leaner.

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4:23am

Sat December 31, 2011
Politics

This Year In Congress: Much Drama, Little To Show

Originally published on Sat December 31, 2011 8:05 am

House Speaker John Boehner, surrounded by Republican House members, speaks during a news conference in Washington in December. The House initially rejected a plan to extend a tax cut for two months to buy time for talks on a full-year renewal. It later compromised — a rare event in 2011.
Susan Walsh AP

Congress got plenty of attention this year, but it was for all the wrong reasons.

There were at least three countdowns to shutdown, there was the debt-limit fight, plus the will-they-or-won't-they drama earlier in December over the payroll tax holiday. Looking at how few bills were actually signed into law this year, one might conclude this session was mostly sizzle and not much steak.

"I mean, I knew it was going to be bad this year, but I didn't realize like how bad it was," says Tobin Grant, an associate professor of political science at Southern Illinois University.

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