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The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.

The State Department didn't say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge overturning a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state, prompting uncertainty and an ongoing legal battle.

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WASHINGTON -- A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

The nonpartisan budget office's estimate could be used as ammunition by Republicans, who largely oppose the measure because they say it would drive up business costs.

But it could also be beneficial to Democrats because the private sector spent $5.4 trillion on wages in 2012, according to the most recent data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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|President Obama hosted a meeting at the White House with faith leaders from around the country.

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|Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., says Democrats are "politicizing" women, but Republicans are offering solutions to help them succeed.

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|House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says former IRS official Lois Lerner must be held in contempt because of her refusal to testify before his committee.

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|Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., scoffs at Democrats' push for paycheck fairness, saying wages have gone down under President Obama.

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Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., released a statement Monday apologizing after surveillance video surfaced purportedly showing the married congressman deeply kissing a female staffer.

The video, obtained by local paper the Ouachita Citizen, shows McAllister kissing and embracing a woman for about 20 seconds in his district office last December.

"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness," McAllister said.

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Rep. Vance McAllisterJ. Scott Applewhite—AP

Freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), who touted his Christian values while campaigning, says he is the man seen in a grainy video, passionately kissing a woman in his office two days before Christmas. He said, "There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness"

Updated at 5:13p.m.

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|White House spokesman Josh Earnest welcomes robust job growth, says the administration is not resting on its laurels.

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|Attorney General Eric Holder says the Department of Justice is investigating high-speed trading, which critics allege provides big investors an unfair advantage.

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