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Obama vows to veto Republicans’ Keystone XL grab as showdown looms

The Globe and Mail (our northern neighbor’s newspaper of record) offers a Canadian perspective on the latest developments in the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline, which NPI strongly opposes. Republicans in Congress are trying to move a bill that would give TransCanada the authority to build the pipeline. Native American tribes view it as an assault on their sovereignty; one tribe has called a previous incarnation of the legislation an act of war.