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How a Keystone XL loss in the Senate could be a win-win for Democrats
How a Keystone XL loss in the Senate could be a win-win for Democrats

The long political battle over the Keystone XL pipeline could reach a pivotal moment this week if enough Democratic senators join Republicans to support a bill that would approve the project, all but guaranteeing a veto showdown with the White House. And that is an outcome Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would like to avoid. That's why many were surprised last week when the Nevada Democrat promised to hold a vote on the issue, defying President Obama's intent to delay a decision on the controversial pipeline that Republicans in Congress almost universally support. Bypassing the White House would open a new rift among Democrats and be a major step in the complicated...

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