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Long-stalled legislation to finish the Keystone XL pipeline got a new lease on life Wednesday. It happened after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the controversial oil pipeline. The Democrats gave up blocking the Keystone for political reasons—in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in energy-rich Louisiana. But as the Associated Press noted: "Republicans responded swiftly to Landrieu's maneuvering, scheduling a vote in the House [for today] on an identical bill sponsored by [Congressman] Bill Cassidy. Mr. Cassidy just happens to be Sen. Landrieu's Republican rival in a runoff election set for Dec. 6th. The White House stopped short of directly threatening a veto on the Republican's Keystone countermeasure. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said President Obama takes a "dim view" of legislative efforts to force action on the Keystone project. Earnest repeated the President's preference for evaluating the pipeline throu

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