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7:25 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 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.
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
President Obama: ‘Rushed And Arbitrary Deadline’ Of GOP Forced Me To Reject Keystone XL
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
AFL-CIO's Trumka slams Obama's jobs council
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Keystone Pipeline Delay Sparks Outrage on Capitol Hill
The White House:   Statement by the President on the Keystone XL Pipeline
Laura Payton / CBC News:
Keystone XL pipeline proposal rejected — for now
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama administration to reject controversial Keystone pipeline
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.
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.
New Orwellian-Themed Santorum Ad Takes Aim At ‘Establishment’ and Romney
Discussion: Hot Air
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Jimmy Carter Tells Piers Morgan That Newt Gingrich ‘Has That Subtlety Of Racism’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
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.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Support for Web Bill Wanes as Protests Spread
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
SOPA protests shut down Web sites
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.
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 …
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: Poynter and The Daily Caller
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.
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Bill Clinton: MSNBC is ‘our version of Fox’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Fundraises Off Saying He Wants To Punch Obama In The Face  —  Newt Gingrich's campaign sent out a fundraising request to supporters this afternoon touting that the former speaker said he wants to knock Obama out, because, as the subject line of the email suggests, “A Bloody Nose Just Won't Cut It.”
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.”
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 /
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
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.
David Brooks: Gail, I'm sorry we missed each other in South Carolina, but I've moved on to the next primary state, Florida, in search of people who pay Mitt Romney's 15 percent tax rate.  I'm in Palm Beach now.  I think I've found them.  —  By the way, why do we make candidates release their tax forms?
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
DCCC chairman: Dems have put 76 seats in play  —  Democrats have put about 76 districts in play and only need to capture 25 to retake control of the House in November, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said Wednesday.  —  Unveiling the first 18 recruits …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
New York Rep. Maurice Hinchey to retire, sources say  —  Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey will retire from Congress at the end of 2012, his office announced Wednesday.  —  Hinchey, 73, recently completed treatment for colon cancer.  He underwent a second round of surgery last week, a follow-up for an earlier operation in July.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Moe Lane
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