The Morning Brief for January 19, 2012

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Pipeline Politics: Keystone Is Dead (For Now). What Happens Next? | TIME

    On Wednesday, the White House announced that it was rejecting—on the recommendation of the State Department—the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would have brought 700,000 barrels a day of oil sands crude from western Canada into the U.S.

  2. Questions and answers about the issues behind the controversial Internet anti-piracy bills | The Washington Post

    Online piracy costs U.S. copyright owners and producers billions of dollars every year, but legislation in Congress to block foreign Internet thieves and swindlers has met strong resistance from high-tech companies, spotlighted by Wikipedia’s protest blackout Wednesday (as well as dozens of other websites, including Mostly Political), warning of a threat to Internet freedom.

  3. US Drafts Abdul-Jabbar as a Cultural Ambassador | The New York Times

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s life has been a case study in the art of the possible, from his humble Harlem roots to NBA fame and through his life after basketball as a historian and scholar.

  4. Obama jobs panel pushes tax reform, domestic drilling | Chicago Tribune

    President Barack Obama’s jobs council called on Tuesday for a corporate tax overhaul, expanded domestic drilling and new regulatory reforms, a set of proposals unlikely to provide a quick fix for high unemployment or gain much traction in an election year.

  5. Congressional approval hits all-time low | CNN

    Only 11% of Americans approve of how Congress is handling its job, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.


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