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Obama Vetoes Keystone Legislation

Obama Vetoes Keystone Legislation

Bi-partisan majorities in both houses of Congress approved of legislation which would approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. Multiple reviews of the project by the federal government have found no compelling reasons to block it. But none of that matters to President Barack Obama who chose to veto the bill today and continue his interminable


Obama-Appointed U.S. Attorneys Cash Out On Job Half Done

Earlier this month we learned that North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon would be leaving his post early to take a job in the private sector. Now South Dakota’s U.S. Attorney, Brendan Johnson, is doing the same.  According to the Associated Press, both men are going to be joining Robins Kaplan LLP, a Minneapolis based law


Video: U.S. House Sends Keystone Legislation To President Barack Obama

The U.S. House today approved the Senate’s version of the Keystone XL pipeline legislation, sending the matter to President Barack Obama without the need for conference committee. Rep. Cramer, who introduced the House iteration of the legislation, spoke in favor of the Senate version and in favor of the House sending legislation to President Barack


ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem: “No Comment” On Pro-Obamacare Filing UPDATED: Now With Comment

King vs. Burwell is a case before the Supreme Court challenging the legality of a central piece of Obamacare policy. It relates to a dispute over how the law distributes subsidies for health insurance plans. Currently the federal government is subsidizing insurance plans whether they’re purchased through the state-run exchanges or the federal exchange (North Dakota


Senate Approves Keystone XL Pipeline With 62 Votes

A bi-partisan majority of Senators voted to approve legislation to authorize the long-delayed Keystone pipeline project. All 53 Senate Republicans voted in favor of the bill, along with 9 Democrats (including North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp who voted for final passage of the bill despite playing some partisan games with amendments). So what happens next? The


Kelly Schmidt: Government Should Encourage College Savings, Not Punish It

President Obama’s decision to back down on his plan to end 529 college savings plans is good news.  But middle class families and their elected officials shouldn’t let their guard down. Let’s be honest about what happened and why. As many Americans know, 529 plans allow families to save for their child’s education by putting


James Kerian: Subsidized Preschool And The Ever-Rising Price Of Freedom

In this country you are free to buy an electric car or a more conventional car fueled by gasoline.  The choice is yours and you can make it freely.  Except, of course, that if you choose to buy a conventional automobile you can only do so with the money you have left over after paying


Obama’s Keystone Delays Are Hurting Farmers Too

The Keystone pipeline issue is often seen strictly through the lense of energy policy, but that’s not really accurate. It’s not just “big oil” versus the Obama administration. Given that America’s industrial infrastructure is complex and overlapping, Obama’s political decision to never, ever make a decision on the Keystone pipeline isn’t just hurting the energy


Video: Kevin Cramer Says He Backs Boehner

Rep. Kevin Cramer was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning to talk about his Keystone XL pipeline legislation which he is introducing in the House. That’s an important bill, but not really all that newsy given that we can pretty much assume what’s going to happen. The Republican-controlled Congress is going to pass the legislation,


LegitSlater: We Are Better Than This

In case your TV and smart devices wern’t working Tuesday, I’ll fill you in on the big story — the United States, led by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), set up secret detention facilities and tortured those captured on the battlefield (or what amounted to one) as part of the Global War on Terrorism.  I’m