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Trump Approves the Keystone Pipeline

Finally, a president who cares more about workers and the economy than appeasing overwrought environmentalists. There was never any reason not to approve this. The oil was going to get shipped one way or another, and the negative effects of the pipeline were minimal. The White House even laughably tried to suggest that it was deferring to Nebraska’s Republican governor, as if they gave a whit about the states and weren’t trying to overrule localities on every other issue. 

After years of stalling under President Obama, President Trump on Friday approved the Keystone XL pipeline, and the company looking to build the massive pipeline project has received its permit to finish it, the Washington Examiner reported.

TransCanada announced Friday morning the State Department issued a permit to build the 1,187-mile pipeline stretching from Alberta, Canada to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. The project had previously been stopped by President Obama in November 2015, but Trump ordered it reviewed once again during his first month in office.

Obama’s decision to kill the pipeline in November 2015 after more than seven years of consideration was widely seen by oil industry figures as a political decision. The decision came just weeks before the Paris Agreement on climate change, the world’s first climate change agreement, was signed.

Trump Schedule || Friday, March 24, 2017

10:15 am || Holds a National Economic Council meeting
11:00 am || Meets with Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge and Texas Governor Greg Abbott
12:30 pm || Lunch with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin; Presidential Dining Room
2:20 pm || Hosts a Greek Independence Day celebration; East Room
4:00 pm || Meets with Medal of Honor recipients; Roosevelt Room

White House briefing with Sean Spicer at 1:00 pm

Woodward: Obama Officials Could Face Criminal Charges

Not saying it will go this way, but this scandal has Watergate potential and could go deep into the Obama White House. The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance… Continue Reading

Schumer Vows to Filibuster Gorsuch

McConnell is ready with the “nuclear option” to allow a 50 vote majority instead of 60 votes, and he will do what it takes to get Gorsuch confirmed. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced his expected plans to vote “no” on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court and promised that Republicans would have… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Thursday, March 23, 2017

10:30 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing 11:30 am || Meets with the House Freedom Caucus; Cabinet Room 12:30 pm || Has lunch with Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Nelson Peltz; Presidential Dining Room 3:00 pm || Meets with trucker and trucking industry CEOs White House briefing with Sean Spicer at 1:30 pm Continue Reading

Ryan May Gut Obamacare regulations to Gain Conservative Votes

Looks like Ryan feels he needs to do more to get conservatives. They’re holding out and it appears to be a smart strategy. In a last-minute bid to woo conservatives ahead of a high-stakes vote on Thursday on repealing and replacing Obamacare, House leaders are considering gutting more Obamacare regulations. The news comes as President… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10:30 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing 11:00 am || Drops by the Women in Healthcare panel hosted by Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Roosevelt Room 11:30 am || Holds a legislative affairs meeting; Roosevelt Room 3:00 pm || Meets with the Congressional Black Caucus 6:30 pm || Dinner with Secretary of State Tillerson;… Continue Reading

Trump Prepared to Blitz Capitol Hill to Pass Health Bill

President Trump predicted Monday night that he would help push the troubled Obamacare repeal bill over the finish line this week, but said Republicans need to come together, and tried to entice them by saying nothing can get done on tax reform until Congress first passes a bill to reform healthcare, the Washington Examiner reported.… Continue Reading