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Republican 2016 hopefuls furious over ‘radical’ Keystone pipeline rejection

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Republican White House hopefuls on Friday slammed the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline project, saying the decision would hurt the U.S. economy.

“The Obama admin’s politically motivated rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is a self-inflicted attack on the U.S. economy and jobs,” former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said on Twitter.

President Barack Obama’s rejection of the proposed oil pipeline from Canada was a victory for environmentalists, who have lobbied against it for years. Supporters countered that the pipeline would boost America’s energy security and create construction jobs.

Obama told a news conference on Friday he had concluded the pipeline, proposed by TransCanada Corp, would not help the U.S. economy over the long term.

Republicans seeking the White House in the November 2016 presidential election quickly voiced their disagreement.

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Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio vowed to approve the pipeline if he wins the White House. “President Obama’s backward energy policies will come to an end,” he said in a statement.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, also a White House hopeful, accused Obama of giving in to “radical environmentalists.”

Obama did get support from Democratic presidential candidates on Friday.

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“It is insane for anyone to be supporting the excavation and transportation of some of the dirtiest fuel on earth,” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said in a statement.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Susan Heavey and James Dalgleish)


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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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