Keystone XL pipeline debate: What you need to know

Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:11
Story highlightsThe Senate will vote Thursday on approving the Keystone XL pipelineThe State Department reported the project would have minimal environmental impactsProponents have touted economic benefits, but the proposal would generate few permanent jobsThe production of oil from oil sands emits more greenhouse gases Washington (CNN)The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, bringing a yearslong debate to a new phase.
Graham forms committee to test 2016 waters Featured
Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:11
(CNN)South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has launched a political committee to "test the waters" for a 2016 presidential bid. The committee, Security Through Strength, will allow Graham to raise money, hire staff and travel. David Wilkins, who chaired President George W. Bush's 2004 campaign in South Carolina and co-chaired his 2000 effort in the state, will head Graham's committee. Graham, who was elected to a third Senate term in 2014, tells CNN he is "seriously…
White House spokesman declines to label Taliban a "terrorist group"
Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:19
January 29, 2015, 12:23 PM|White House spokesman Eric Schultz explains why the U.S. would negotiate a prisoner swap with the Taliban but not with ISIS.
W.H.: ISIS a "terrorist group," but Taliban an "armed insurgency"
Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:19
White House spokesman Eric Schultz declined to label the Taliban a "terrorist group" during a press briefing on Wednesday, instead describing the group as an "armed insurgency." Schultz was asked why the U.S. opposes Jordan's decision to seek a prisoner swap with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) when the U.S. conducted its own prisoner swap last year with the Taliban to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held in…
Keystone XL likely to pass Senate Thursday, faces Obama veto
Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:16
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto. Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in November's elections, but they are four votes shy of the 67 needed in the 100-member chamber to override any veto.
Mitt Romney: U.S. needs "right kind of leadership" to excel
Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:18
As Mitt Romney eyes a third presidential bid in 2016, his detractors (and even some supporters) have pondered a pair of questions: Did Romney learn anything from his loss to President Obama in 2012? And is he prepared to take the fight to Hillary Clinton if he runs again in 2016? If his speech on Wednesday night at Mississippi State University is any indication, Romney is trying to answer both questions in the affirmative. PlayVideoCBS…
Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill
Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:16
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June. However, the bill is not expected to come for a vote in the full Senate until at least March 24, after a group of senators, in the face of President Barack Obama's threat…
Banking Committee approves Iran sanctions bill
Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:11
Washington (CNN)The Senate Banking Committee approved Thursday a bill that would impose additional sanctions on Iran if negotiations to curb the country's nuclear program fail. The committee's decision brings the bill one step closer to a vote on the Senate floor, but still months away from any chance of passing the legislation after the bill's lead Democratic sponsor, New Jersey's Sen. Bob Menendez, and nine other Democrats vowed to hold off on supporting the bill…
Key Democratic senator says wait until June for Iran sanctions bill
Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, on Thursday called on panel members to wait until June to pass legislation to toughen sanctions on Iran, in order to give world powers and Tehran time to negotiate. "Congress should have the collective patience to wait until the end of June to see whether our negotiators can resolve the nuclear issue with Iran through diplomacy," Brown said in…
Gas blast at Mexico City children's hospital
Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:14
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told Milenio television that three were killed, a woman and two men. Part of the building collapsed after an explosion in a Mexico City maternity hospital. At least two deaths reported pic.twitter.com/3X6yCGfgzV— Enrique Acevedo (@Enrique_Acevedo) January 29, 2015 He earlier told the…

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