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3:55 PM ET, January 18, 2012


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Washington Post:
Obama administration to reject Keystone pipeline  —  The Obama administration will announce this afternoon it is rejecting a Canadian firm's application for a permit to build and operate a massive oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, according to sources who have been briefed on the matter.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama's jobs council report says ‘drill’  —  President Obama's jobs council called Tuesday for an “all-in approach” to energy policy that includes expanded oil-and-gas drilling as well as expediting energy projects like pipelines.  —  “[W]e should allow more access to oil …
Darren Goode / Reuters:
Keystone XL pipeline to be rejected by Obama administration  —  The State Department Wednesday will reject the Keystone XL pipeline, multiple sources following the project tell POLITICO.  —  The formal announcement is expected at 3 p.m. from Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
AFL-CIO's Trumka slams Obama's jobs council  —  One union leader on President Obama's jobs council drew attention Tuesday by abstaining from part of the panel's latest report, but the panel's only other labor leader is voicing even more profound disagreement with the committee's stance on taxes, regulation and job creation.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama administration to reject controversial Keystone pipeline  —  The Obama administration will reject the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday afternoon, according to a source closely following the issue.  —  The State Department is expected to make an announcement at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Keystone Pipeline Delay Sparks Outrage on Capitol Hill
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
SOPA blackout leads co-sponsors to defect  —  Amid online protests that include major websites like Wikipedia blacking out their sites, a few co-sponsors of the Stop Online Piracy Act in Congress are defecting.  —  Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), originally a co-sponsor of the bill, pulled his name from the list of sponsors on Tuesday.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
SOPA protests shut down Web sites  —  View Photo Gallery — Who's involved and what are the stakes?:   A look at the politicians, companies and lobbying groups involved in the dispute over Stop Online Piracy Act.  —  This is what happens when you make the Internet mad.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A Political Coming of Age for the Tech Industry
First Thoughts: Newt-mentum returns?  —  Is Newt-mentum returning?... Even if so, Gingrich faces two challenges: time and math... Romney's wealth and Bain Capital have been THE story in the GOP race for the past 10 days (and counting)... Are the first Obama TV ads going up?
Rosie Gray / Politics:
Santorum Sharpens Attacks On Gingrich
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
The bitter backstory between Newt Gingrich and Romney backer, Susan Molinari
Woman Who Got Cash From Romney Now Part of His Stump Speech
Discussion: Mediaite and Colorlines
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: In shift, Romney campaign targets Gingrich
Adam Beam / The State:
SC evangelicals split, frustrated
Discussion: 2012 Decoded and
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich: If Mitt Romney Wins South Carolina, It's Over
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney Caricatures Himself  —  Mitt Romney, in all likelihood, is going to walk away with his party's presidential nomination.  Yet from the standpoint of positioning himself for the general election, the primary season has been a disaster for him.  Romney's campaign has worked hard …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
When polished meets clumsy  —  When compared against his Republican rivals, Mitt Romney is extremely slick.  After nearly 18 years as a politician, and more than five years as a near-constant presidential candidate, the former governor is clearly smoother and better prepared than his GOP opponents.
Michelle Malkin:
Editor's Note of the Day  —  This was attached to the end of a nauseating Boston Globe article celebrating the amorous relations between Occupy protesters: … Oops.  —  The Boston Herald called out the Globe for its lazy vetting: … Bias?  What bias?  Congrats, Boston Globe.
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Key fact fails to occupy Globe story
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marjorie Connelly / The Caucus:
G.O.P. in Congress Gets Blame for Gridlock  —  The public is not assigning blame equally between President Obama and Republicans in Congress for the partisan gridlock over key legislation.  —  In the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, 60 percent say Mr. Obama is attempting to work …
Rolling Stone:
Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  Under house arrest in England, the WikiLeaks founder opens up about his battle with the ‘Times,’ his stint in solitary and the future of journalism  —  It's a few days before Christmas, and Julian Assange has just finished moving to a new hide-out deep in the English countryside.
Bill Clinton: Someone We Can All Agree On  —  Even his staunchest enemies now regard his presidency as the good old days.  He has become the rare consensus figure in a country that has lost all sense of consensus.  So we talked to him about where it went, and how we might get it back.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Money Flows to G.O.P. Backers of Gay Marriage  —  ALBANY — Gay rights advocates from Wall Street to Hollywood poured donations into the coffers of four little-known Republican state senators after the lawmakers provided the decisive votes for same-sex marriage in New York last June …
Discussion: The Stranger … and ThinkProgress
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Big-City Mayors Press for Same-Sex Marriage Rights
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Recess appointments might not hold  —  Some legal experts, including those who have sided with President Obama on other constitutional issues, think there is a good chance the courts could overturn his recent recess appointments.  —  Legal experts said courts could invalidate Obama's appointments …
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Why Does Buffalo Pay for Its Teachers to Have Plastic Surgery?  —  How a broken collective bargaining system has kept a ridiculous, multimillion-dollar perk alive.  —  In Buffalo, New York, the heart of the American rust-belt, the public school system pays for its teachers to get plastic surgery.
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Paul Polls / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Unpopular Nationally, Romney Holds Solid GOP Lead
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Corbett aide who edited journal resigns
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Considering Summers for World Bank
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
How to Access Wikipedia During the Blackout
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich's College Records Show a Professor Hatching Big Plans
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Fractious House GOP tries to unify
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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Obama's not-so-super PAC
Discussion: The Politico
Mitt Romney Sent Millions to Mormon Church
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Did Rick Santorum Win the Iowa Caucuses, Not Mitt Romney?