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Exxon Mobil updates anti-discrimination employment policy

IRVING, Texas — Exxon Mobil Corp. has updated its corporate policies to protect employees from discrimination for sexual orientation or gender identity. Spokesman Alan Jeffers said Friday that the Irving, Texas-based oil giant added these protections to comply with federal law. In July, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that expanded protections for gay and transgender employees of federal ...

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Lowcountry divided on Obama offshore drilling plan

With President Barack Obama’s announcement Tuesday allowing oil drilling off the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Georgia, Lowcountry leaders and activists on opposite sides of the question are digging in their heels. Land off South Carolina’s coasts would be available for oil and gas leases for the first time under the five-year plan, which would begin in 2017. The issue ...

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Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress. In a 53-39 vote, the Senate blocked an attempt by Republican leaders to wind down debate. That’s short of the 60 votes needed. The vote caps a partisan dispute — which had the Senate working ...

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Arctic Ocean may be next as Alaska officials seethe over ANWR move

Emotions continued to rise on Monday over President Barack Obama’s initiative to increase protection for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with Rep. Don Young calling the president a “wacko,” the North Slope Borough saying Obama was acting by “executive fiat,” and Sen. Lisa Murkowski saying the Alaska delegation would use all means to stop the move. Not everyone is angry. ...

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Editorial: Stuck on the pipeline

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama tweaked Republicans for their championing so vigorously the Keystone pipeline project. “Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline,” he nudged. Good idea, if the objective is a comprehensive plan to update the nation’s public works, including broadband. Worthy, too, is the notion that if the pipeline ...

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Hillary Clinton to speak in Canada amid debate over Keystone

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has so far avoided taking a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, is sure to face the issue again on Wednesday in a return to Canada as Congress considers approving construction of the contentious project backed by the United States’ northern neighbor. The former U.S. secretary of state was to headline events in ...

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U.S. Rep. Scott Perry says Keystone pipeline would create 42,000 jobs. Is that number right?

The Keystone XL pipeline was a hot national issue in 2014 and could become even hotter this year. Last fall, Senate Democrats narrowly defeated a bill that would have authorized the construction of the transnational pipeline, the Associated Press reported. The issue was back in the news on Tuesday when the White House said that President Barack Obama would not ...

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Activists rally against Keystone XL at Capitol

CHEYENNE — A handful of concerned Wyomingites braved the wind and cold outside the State Capitol here Tuesday evening. They were rallying against what they say is a hot-button issue: the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The event was part of a national campaign urging President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline on the grounds that it would not advance his ...

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Senate advances Keystone bill despite Obama veto threat

WASHINGTON — Legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared an initial Senate hurdle Monday, a victory for newly empowered Republicans angling for a quick veto showdown with President Barack Obama. The bipartisan 63-32 vote was three more than the 60 required, and well above the level the highly controversial measure ever gained in recent years when Democrats ...

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