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Obama delays Keystone decision — again

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Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before: The Obama administration is delaying a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. But this is different from all those past delays. This is a brand new delay — and it might push the final determination past the midterm elections. As Politico notes, “A delay past November would spare Obama a politically difficult choice on whether to approve the pipeline, angering his green base and environmentally minded campaign donors — or reject it, endangering pro-pipeline Democrats such as [Sen. Mary] Landrieu, who represents oil-rich Louisiana.” The Washington Post explains the reasoning behind this latest delay: The Obama administration has — again — postponed a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline by giving eight different agencies more time to submit their views on whether the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the Texas gulf coast is in the national interest. The 90-day period for interagency comments was supposed to end May 7, but the State Department extended that deadline, citing “uncertainty” created by a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that could lead to changes in the pipeline route. The State Department, which must make the final decision on the permit because it crosses an international boundary, said it would use the additional time to consider the “unprecedented number” — 2.5 million — of public comments that were submitted by March 7. Queue the predictable outcry from pipeline supporters. That includes not just Republicans (though outcrying is their specialty) but also the 11 Democratic senators from red and swing states who recently wrote Obama a letter calling on him to quickly approve the project. “This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable,” said Landrieu, who organized the letter writers. She vowed to use her new position as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to force approval. (Good luck with that.) Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski from the oil-loving state of Alaska called the delay “a stunning act of political cowardice” and said that “the timing of this announcement — waiting until a Friday afternoon during the holy Passover holiday in the hope that most Americans would be too busy with their families to notice — only adds further insult.” Keystone opponents are of two minds. Billionaire climate hawk and campaign funder Tom Steyer called it “good news on Good Friday.” The League of Conservation Voters went further and called it “great news.” The Natural Resources Defense Council seems to agree: The State Department is taking the most prudent course of action possible. … Getting this decision right includes being able to evaluate the yet-to-be determined route through Nebraska and continuing to listen to the many voices that have raised concerns about Keystone XL. The newly extended comment period will show what we already know: the more Americans learn about this project, the more they see that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in the national interest. But 350.org slammed the administration for its procrastination. “It’s disappointing President Obama doesn’t have the courage to reject Keystone XL right now,” the group said in a release. “It’s as if our leaders simply don’t understand that climate change is happening in real time — that it would require strong, fast action to do anything about it.” Still, the group claimed a partial victory: “this is clearly another win for pipeline opponents.” Anti-Keystoners will, of course, keep fighting the proposal. On Earth Day, April 22, they’ll kick off a Reject and Protect protest on the National Mall. “The encampment will feature 15 tipis and a covered wagon, and begins on Tuesday with a 40-person ceremonial horseback ride from the Capitol down the National Mall,” says 350. “Ranchers from Nebraska, tribal leaders from Nebraska, Minnesota and the Dakotas, actor Daryl Hannah, the Indigo Girls, environmental and social justice leaders, and others will take part at the encampment over the week.” And Steyer has promised to help fund political candidates who oppose the pipeline. Politico reports that he “pledged Thursday to leverage his largely self-funded super PAC to support members of Congress who come under attack for their opposition to the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline.”Filed under: Business & Technology, Climate & Energy, Politics

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Missing $35,000 Watch Found in Thieving Masseuse's Vagina

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A private massage in a Las Vegas hotel room turned into a crime investigation when a $35,000 Rolex disappeared. As tends to happen in these cases, the watch was later found inside the masseuse’s vagina. Read more…

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I Married A Guy Three Months After Meeting Him On A Dating Site.

I Married A Guy Three Months After Meeting Him On A Dating Site. Here’s What I’ve Learned: “Upon my suggestion, my husband and I wrote a ‘date report’ to each other after our first date which allowed us to know exactly how we felt about the date and each other.” (Thought Catalog, yes.)Read more…

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This Temperature Map of the United States Is Mesmerizing

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A strengthening low pressure system over South Dakota this afternoon is producing a pretty striking temperature gradient across the northern Plains. The system is causing blizzard conditions over much of the Dakotas with temperatures as low as 10°F, while just a few dozen miles away, the town of Shenandoah, Iowa is sitting at a comfortable 79°F. Read more…

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Share Family Photo with Labeled Baby

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Pippa Middleton’s hella embarrassing dork family released an official portrait over the weekend to celebrate the UK-specific holiday of “Mother’s Day (UK).” The public neither sought out nor sought to avoid this picture. Just turned around and there it was. A can of soup you don’t remember putting in your cart. OK, fine.Read more…

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New Final Words From Flight 370 Revealed

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Two weeks ago, it was reported that Flight 370′s final words to Malaysian air control were “all right, good night,” spoken by the plane’s co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid. As it turns out—just like nearly every other report about the plane—that wasn’t the case.Read more…

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Where Is the Humanities' Neil DeGrasse Tyson?

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Cosmos is a hit, again. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a pop science star. Thanks to him, kids dream about expanding human knowledge of the phenomenal universe. Now: Where’s a liberal arts rockstar to make people care about human culture that much?Read more…

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Have You Had an Excruciating Conversation About Porn With Your Teen?

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Naked men. Naked women. Naked dogs. All together, on the internet, fucking one another. As a parent, you know that your teen has probably watched thousands of hours of online M-F-Dog porn. But have you talked to them about it yet? Read more…

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The Game I Played When I Was Scared To Death of Being Deported

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Amidst the pushcart vendors selling bacon-wrapped hot-dogs, religious leaders blasting damning sermons over megaphones, and the homeless wandering around the city, there is one San Francisco fixture most people don’t know about—not even the locals. It’s not a bridge or a winding street or anything like that: I’m talking about certain folk who roam San Francisco streets. People who can give you the credentials that make your life actually matter.Read more…

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Here's How Facebook Could Completely Ruin the Oculus Rift

Now that Facebook owns the virtual reality platform Oculus Rift, gamers who were once excited about the future of VR have turned cynical about what Mark Zuckerberg and company might do to make the experience more “social. How bad can it really be, though?Read more…

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A Lesson In Google Glass Etiquette

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Guests of the Stanford Court hotel in Nob Hill are greeted with a rug exclaiming #HELLO! (hashtag included.) Here and there in the lobby, iPad kiosks languish at just below hip-level. No one interacts with them. The first floor is riddled with these kind of flourishes, implanted awkwardly into what was once your average Marriott. Read more…

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Sergey Karaganov: The man behind Putin’s pugnacity

Prescient foreign-policy specialist fears the West and Kiev don’t realize the hell they are unleashing in the former Soviet empire

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It’s harder to get a job at Wal-Mart than it is to get into Harvard.

It’s harder to get a job at Wal-Mart than it is to get into Harvard.Read more…

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College Professor Taught the Wrong Course For a Full Semester

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Students at a Houston college are complaining that they were forced to learn more than they wanted when their professor accidentally taught them a more advanced curriculum.Read more…

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Kate O'Mara, Dynasty Actress, Dead at 74

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Actress Kate O’Mara, of Dynasty and Doctor Who fame, died today at a nursing home in Sussex, England. She was 74 years old. Read more…

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Paris Elects Its First-Ever Female Mayor

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Paris has elected its first-ever female mayor, the Spanish-born Socialist Anne Hidalgo, even as elsewhere in the country more right-wing candidates won their races. Hidalgo received 54.5 per cent of the vote.Read more…

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FOX's Maria Bartiromo Debuts New Sunday Talk Show, Unfortunately

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Maria Bartiromo, CNBC’s disgruntled “Money Honey” pioneer, jumped ship from CNBC in November, ending her twenty-year reign at the business news network. Lucky for her, she landed an anchor job just across the street at FOX Business, where she’s the weekday host of “Opening Bell.” Read more…

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Cool Pope Francis confesses his sins in full view of cameras and attendant churchgoers.

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Cool Pope Francis confesses his sins in full view of cameras and attendant churchgoers. “At one point, the priest hearing his confession appeared to chuckle,” the Associated Press reports. “Francis, solemn-faced, then rose and started hearing confessions himself.” Image via AP Photo/L’ Osservatore Romano.Read more…

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Bill Murray And The House Of The Rising Sun

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Bill Murray is America’s Coolest Dad. Here he is singing folk classic “House of the Rising Sun” and accompanying himself on the tambo. Thanks, TMZ!Read more…

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