Thursday, March 8, 2012

Keystone XL Pipeline - #3715 - Senate Falls 4 Votes Short of Overturning Obama's Keystone Pipeline - Hot Air (2) Poll: 50% of Americans Call Obama a "Failure' - Business Insider (3) Gas Prices: Now a Big Factor in Presidential Election - CBS (4) Senate GOP on Keystone: This Isn't Over - The Hill

Don’t be discouraged. Sixty votes was always unlikely given that Reid and the caucus are naturally loath to kneecap O on a hot-button energy issue in an election year. The final tally was darned close, though, at 56, which tells you all you need to know about how eager centrist Dems are to be on the GOP’s side of this with gas prices rising.  The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration’s current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately…  Obama personally lobbied wavering Democrats to block passage of the amendment.  He made some calls,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters before the vote. “The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose (exact) route has yet to be proposed.”…  Democratic opposition to the Republican measure was complicated by reports last week that former President Bill Clinton came out in favor of building the pipeline.  The 11 Democratic defectors: Baucus, Begich, Casey, Conrad, Hagan, Landrieu, Manchin, McCaskill, Pryor, Tester, and Webb. Four of those are up for reelection this year and two others are retiring and free to vote their consciences.  Read more........

Poll: 50% of Americans Call Obama a "Failure' - Business Insider - President Obama shouldn't see his improving approval ratings as a sure sign for victory come November. There are still plenty of people who think he's done a bad job.  According to a new Gallup poll, half of all Americans say that the Obama presidency has been a "failure" thus far. Meanwhile those saying it has been a success (44 percent) pale to those who said the same for Bill Clinton's administration just before his re-election bid in 1996 (64 percent).  Read more........

Gas Prices Now a Big Factor in Presidential Election - CBS - It might be one of the biggest issues in the upcoming presidential election. Last night, CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote.  The poll reflects growing consumer anxiety as gas prices have risen nearly 50 cents a gallon in just over two months.  Consumers have been telling us they are cutting corners because for most driving is a necessity.  In Minnesota the average price is 3-58. The current national average for a gallon of regular is 3-76, but some analysts are predicting that gas could rise to $5 by the summer.  When you are an independent contractor like Tod Matthison, driving 200 to 300 miles a day, rising gas prices mean a smaller paycheck  “I average five hundred to eight hundred dollars a month in gas expense so it really cut into our overhead,” said.  Read more.........

Senate GOP on Keystone: This Isn't Over - The Hill - Republicans vowed to continue aggressively pushing for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday shortly after the Senate narrowly rejected a GOP-backed measure to greenlight the project.  The Senate Republicans who authored the Keystone provision told reporters they are working with House GOP leadership to ensure that a measure fast-tracking approval of the project is ultimately attached to the highway bill.  Read more..........

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