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State Dept. sets Feb. 2 deadline for federal agencies’ input on Keystone XL pipeline

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The U.S. State Department told other federal agencies on Friday it needs to hear their views on the Keystone XL pipeline by Feb. 2 as officials conclude their assessment of the controversial project.

The State Department is reviewing whether the proposed pipeline by TransCanada Corp is in the U.S. national interest and is taking input from eight federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior, Commerce and Homeland Security departments.

“Once we have received all of the information needed for completion of the review, that information has been analyzed, and the final documents have been prepared, a determination will be made,” a State Department official said.

The pipeline, which would take Canadian oil to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast, has become a point of contention between the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress and the Obama administration, which wants the State Department to complete its review of plans for the pipeline before making a decision.

Republicans are pushing for the pipeline as a project that will create jobs and provide energy security for the United States. The House has passed a bill for the pipeline and the Senate is scheduled to vote on it this month, despite the threat of veto from President Barack Obama, who has questioned how beneficial it will be for the United States.

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The State Department has jurisdiction over the pipeline since it crosses the border. It considers factors such as energy supplies, and the pipeline’s impact on the environment and economy.

(Reporting by Patrick Rucker; Editing by Bill Trott and Andre Grenon)

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Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer

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Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.

Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.

"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.

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Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump

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Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.

"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."

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Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush

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The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.

That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.

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