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Senate Now Has Enough Votes To Pass Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Bill

XL Keystone PipelineThe new Senate Republican majority creates an opportunity for likely Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to force a vote on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline he's been waiting years to hold.

By The Huffington Post's count, the new Senate will have at least 61 votes in favor of a measure forcing the pipeline's approval -- a filibuster-proof majority.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday in an appearance on MSNBC that passing a Keystone approval bill would be the second item on the Republican agenda, after a budget. "I actually think the president will sign the bill on the Keystone pipeline because I think the pressure -- he’s going to be boxed in on that, and I think it's going to happen," Priebus said.

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‘Negro’ is an acceptable term for black soldiers, U.S. Army says

Black US soldiersWhat year is it again?

The word “Negro” is still an acceptable description for black or African-American soldiers, according to the U.S. Army.

The Army's retro policy was spelled out as recently as Oct. 22, the date of a recent command update. The regulations contain a clause that says Negro is an acceptable term for “a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.”

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US election: Big win for conservative big money

Conservative big moneyEstablishment Republican money finally got what it paid for — an electoral wave.

After two cycles during which conservative megadonors’ record spending was plagued by flawed candidates and internecine squabbling, their side’s big money operatives got to do some gloating on election night.

Conservatives tweaked their playbook to spend bigger and earlier to crush tea party insurgents and define Democratic candidates. And Republicans won most of the Senate races in which they prosecuted that plan — including Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Thousands in Sierra Leone break Ebola quarantine to find food

Sierra Leone patients break quarantineThousands of people in Sierra Leone are violating Ebola quarantines to find food because aid deliveries are not reaching them, international relief agencies said Tuesday.

While public health authorities have said restrictions on movement may be necessary to bring under control an Ebola outbreak unlike any other, the Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella organization for aid organizations, warned that they were cutting off food to thousands of people.

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Legal pot wins in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC

Legal pot wins in 3 statesResidents of Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. voted in midterm elections to legalize recreational marijuana use — key victories that could further fuel the legalization movement as mainstream America increasingly recognizes cannabis usage.

The Oregon and Alaska measures will create a network of retail shops similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado, which in 2012 voted to become the first U.S. states to allow marijuana use beyond medical prescription.

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Mortar fire on Syria school kills 13 children

Kurdish refugee child in SyriaMortar rounds slammed into a school Wednesday in a rebel-held suburb east of Damascus, killing at least 13 children whose limp, bloodied bodies were later laid out on the floor of a crowded field hospital awaiting burial, activists said.

Syrian children often have been the victims of the country's civil war, now in its fourth year, but they rarely are specifically targeted. Still, Wednesday's attack in the town of Qaboun marked the most serious violence against Syrian minors since a twin suicide bombing killed at least 25 children in a government-controlled neighborhood in the central city of Homs in October.

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Facebook's government user data requests up 24%

FacebookRequests by governments for Facebook's user data are up by nearly a quarter in the first half of this year compared to the previous six months.

Global government requests were up by 24% to almost 35,000 in the first six months, the social media giant said. The amount of Facebook content restricted because of local laws also rose about 19% in the same period.

News of the increase comes as Facebook fights its largest ever US court order to hand over data from 400 people.

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What New York can learn from North Dakota: the dark side of fracking

ND frackingAs children we are often taught basic life lessons about survival, such as not to make deals with strangers that involve getting in their cars or not to accept large amounts of money or gifts from a stranger without expecting they'll want something in return. Yet that's exactly the deal that proponents of fracking are putting forward: We'll give you unlimited energy, money and high paying jobs, they say, with no downside.

Tapping into concerns about climate change, energy companies are even encouraging the ridiculous notion of fracking as a solution to global warming and a bridge to cleaner energy. Day by day, though, we're learning that the upsides of fracking are far less than what producers advertise, and the downsides are numerous and often devastating.

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Judge clears way for same-sex marriage in Kansas

kansas same sex marriageA federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for same-sex marriages to proceed in a ruling that brings Kansas closer to joining a quickly-growing majority of states where the unions are legal.

Judge Daniel Crabtree, in a written ruling, granted a preliminary injunction that had been sought by the ACLU of Kansas on behalf of two lesbian couples who had been denied marriage licenses in Sedgwick and Douglas counties. The injunction will prevent the state from enforcing the ban on same-sex marriage found in the Kansas Constitution.

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