Republicans come up short in pipeline vote

Give them an "A" for effort. The GOP tried to force the senate to approve construction of the Keystone pipleline over the president's objections and came up a little short. The Hill: The 56-42 vote staves off an election-year rebuke of Obama, but will give political ammunition to backers of TransCanada Corp.'s plan to build a pipeline connecting Alberta's massive tar sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries.  Despite Obama's efforts, 11 Democrats brushed off Obama on the vote and sided with Republicans.  The 11 Democratic defections were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Bob Casey (Pa.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Jim Webb (Va.).  No Republicans voted against the measure, and 60 votes were needed to move forward.  With gas prices rising, the issue has become an election-year political weapon for Republicans, who say...(Read Full Post)