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4:35 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
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
President Obama: ‘Rushed And Arbitrary Deadline’ Of GOP Forced Me To Reject Keystone XL
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Sarah Maslin Nir / Bits:
Wikipedia Blackout Lets In Some Light
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich's College Records Show a Professor Hatching Big Plans  —  A year into his first full-time teaching job, Newt Gingrich applied to be college president, submitting with his application a paper titled “Some Projections on West Georgia College's Next Thirty Years.”
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?
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
The bitter backstory between Newt Gingrich and Romney backer, Susan Molinari
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Newt-mentum: Can Gingrich Make a Comeback?
Discussion: CNN and USA Today
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 …
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:   Morning Jay: What to Make of Obama's Approval Bounce?
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
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Key fact fails to occupy Globe story
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
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
Men's Journal:
In the February Issue: Mark Wahlberg  —  Mark Wahlberg, the man once best known for dropping trou, has evolved into a Hollywood force on and off screen.  —  In our February issue, on sale now: Erik Hedegaard profiles two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Paul Solotaroff revisits the golden era …
Paul Polls / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Unpopular Nationally, Romney Holds Solid GOP Lead  —  OVERVIEW  —  Days ahead of the South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney maintains a substantial lead nationally in the race for the GOP nomination.  Yet his image among all voters has slipped since November and he runs no better …
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Stranger … and ThinkProgress
Romney Staff Denies He's Citing Woman Who Got Cash Handout
Discussion: Mediaite and Colorlines
David Brooks: Gail, I'm sorry we missed each other in South Carolina …
Discussion: Gawker and The New Republic
Corbett aide who edited journal resigns
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Considering Summers for World Bank
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Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gothamist
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Discussion: The Politico
Mitt Romney Sent Millions to Mormon Church
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
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