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North Dakota Democrat cautions #NoDAPL protesters that their cause ‘isn’t winnable’

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The “protectors” at the Standing Rock reservation are still fighting to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline, but they are wasting their time, according to the state’s Democratic Senator.

While the Army Corps of Engineers denied approval of the permit to complete the $3.7 billion pipeline, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) says it’ll ultimately be approved.

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“When you look at it, we know one thing for sure: When the administration changes, the easement is going to be approved,” Heitkamp said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” about the pipeline.

“I understand the frustration of the protesters, I just think that this fight is not winnable,” she continued, noting she still hopes to improve living conditions for Native America communities.

Heitkamp was rumored to be under consideration for a Trump administration post after she met with the president-elect last week.

“We spent a lot of time talking about economic development, talking about energy, talking about regulation and what we need to do there, so it really was a very substantive discussion without a lot of details on positions in the Cabinet,” she said.

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She also said that the two discussed jobs and Trump’s “myopic focus on how he’s going to get American workers back into the workplace [and] provide more economic security.”

North Dakota has recently been taken over by energy companies doing drilling for both oil and for natural gas. Heitkamp is up for re-election in 2018.

See her full statement below:

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Award-winning broadcaster Cokie Roberts dies at 75

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Veteran broadcaster Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75 due to complications from breast cancer.

Roberts joined NPR in 1978 before moving to ABC News, and she won three Emmy Awards and was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

"She was a true pioneer for women in journalism," said James Goldston, president of ABC News, "well-regarded for her insightful analysis of politics and policy in Washington, D.C., countless newsmaking interviews, and, notably, her unwavering support for generations of young women — and men — who would follow in her footsteps."

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Here’s what it would really take to impeach Brett Kavanaugh

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President Donald Trump isn’t the only Republican who some Democrats in Congress are talking about impeaching: Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts is among the Democrats who is calling for the impeachment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But Sen. Dick Durban isn’t one of them. The Illinois Democrat has forcefully stated that trying to impeach Kavanaugh would be a waste of time for his party, and he’s right. The bar for impeaching a U.S. Supreme Court justice is incredibly high  — especially when far-right Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a.k.a. Moscow Mitch, still have a majority in the U.S. Senate.

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Naomi Klein: The climate crisis demands radical change — and paper straws are just a distraction

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Renowned climate activist and author Naomi Klein says responses to the climate crisis have for too long focused on individual consumer choices rather than the collective action needed to save the planet. In a new video for The Intercept, Klein argues, “So many environmental responses have just been minor tweaks to an economy based on endless consumption — take your electric car to the drive-through for an Impossible Burger and a Coke with a paper straw. Of course it’s better than the alternative. But it’s nowhere close to the depth of change required if we hope to actually pull our planet back from the brink.” Klein joins us for the hour to discuss her new book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.”

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