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8:45 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.
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Darren Goode / Reuters:
Keystone XL pipeline rejected by Obama administration  —  President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday, saying it would not “serve the national interest” to grant a permit on the 60-day timeline that Congress imposed at Republicans' insistence in December.
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 …
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
President Obama: ‘Rushed And Arbitrary Deadline’ Of GOP Forced Me To Reject Keystone XL
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
AFL-CIO's Trumka slams Obama's jobs council
The White House:
Statement by the President on the Keystone XL Pipeline
Discussion: Firedoglake and Political Mojo
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Keystone Pipeline Delay Sparks Outrage on Capitol Hill
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Boehner Blasts Obama Over Approving Solyndra But Rejecting Keystone XL Pipeline
Discussion: Pat Dollard and ThinkProgress
Wallacegw / CNN:
CNN/Time Poll: Race for South Carolina tightening  —  Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - With three days to go until the first-in-the south primary, Mitt Romney remains in the lead in the Palmetto State, but according to a new poll, his advantage over Newt Gingrich is rapidly shrinking.
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Rick Perry's Final Act: King Maker?  —  “Rick Perry's campaign has come to an end.  But he could leave on an unexpected high note — helping conservatives unite around one not-Romney”  —  Barring a miracle, this is Rick Perry's final act in the 2012 elections.  On Saturday, he will come in last in South Carolina.
The Politico:
Anxious Mitt Romney lights into Newt Gingrich  —  ROCK HILL, S.C. — Clear signs Mitt Romney is again worried about Newt Gingrich: He released two new negative web videos, unleashed attacking surrogates and even went after the former House speaker himself.  —  And that was all before lunch on Wednesday.
Discussion: CNN and This Just In
ABCNEWS:
New Orwellian-Themed Santorum Ad Takes Aim At ‘Establishment’ and Romney
Discussion: Hot Air and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Jimmy Carter Tells Piers Morgan That Newt Gingrich ‘Has That Subtlety Of Racism’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
ABCNEWS:
Romney Staff Denies He's Citing Woman Who Got Cash Handout
Discussion: Mediaite and Colorlines
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.
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Support for Web Bill Wanes as Protests Spread
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
SOPA blackout: Bills lose three co-sponsors amid protests
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: What to Make of Obama's Approval Bounce?  —  You might have noticed recently that Barack Obama's job approval has ticked up slightly in the last few weeks.  What to make of this?  —  Here is the RealClearPolitics average:  —  Two months ago, the president's job approval was 43.7 percent.
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Marjorie Connelly / The Caucus:
G.O.P. in Congress Gets Blame for Gridlock
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
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Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Key fact fails to occupy Globe story
Discussion: Poynter and The Daily Caller
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.”
Esquire:
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.
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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Bill Clinton: MSNBC is ‘our version of Fox’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Kari Huus / msnbc.com:
Prosecutors aim new weapon at Occupy activists: lynching allegation  —  Screen grab from youtube video showing the arrest of Occupy LA activist Sergio Ballesteros on Thursday, Jan. 12.  Ballesteros, 30, was released on $50,000 bail early Tuesday.  He is charged with “lynching” …
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:
Romney Parks Millions in Cayman Islands  —  Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven.  —  A spokesperson for the Romney campaign …
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.
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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Obama pollster calls Herman Cain ‘racist’ on camera... then denies he did it  —  We'll have to see if this one makes Anderson Cooper's “Keeping Them Honest” segment on CNN's “AC360.”  —  On Cooper's Tuesday program, Democratic strategist and Obama 2012 campaign pollster Cornell Belcher took aim …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
3rd Annual TV News Trust Poll  —  PPP's 3rd annual TV news trust poll (2011 version here, 2010 version here) finds that Fox News tops the list for both the source Americans trust the most and the one they trust the least.  —  Fox is the most trusted TV news source for 34% of voters …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Firedoglake and Hot Air
 
 
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
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CNN:
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Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Obama to Start Advertising as Early as Thursday
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Gingrich would consider Palin for his administration
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves resolution opposing Obama's debt-limit hike
Discussion: The Politico
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Gingrich Fundraises Off Saying He Wants To Punch Obama In The Face
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
DCCC chairman: Dems have put 76 seats in play
Discussion: The Politico
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Corbett aide who edited journal resigns
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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