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Michael Bowman
January 29, 2015 10:44 PM
Despite a global oil glut, the U.S. Senate has voted 62-36 to approve construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian crude to U.S. Gulf states. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the project, which pits powerful business interests against environmentalists at a time when American motorists are celebrating a steep drop in gasoline prices. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.
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Video US Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline Project

Despite a global oil glut, the U.S. Senate has voted 62-36 to approve construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian crude to U.S. Gulf states. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the project, which pits powerful business interests against environmentalists at a time when American motorists are celebrating a steep drop in gasoline prices. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.
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Video As Ground Shifts, Obama Reviews Middle East Strategy

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Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

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Video Crowded Republican Presidential Field Off to Early Start for 2016

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Video NYC Officials Defend Shutting Down City for Blizzard That Wasn't

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Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

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Video US Warns of More Sanctions Against Russia; Ukraine Waiting for ‘Lethal’ Aid

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Video Oil Price Drop Troubles Texas Producers

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Video Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visit

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Video White House Grapples With Yemen Counterterrorism Strategy

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Video Kerry Warns Against Violence in Nigeria Election

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Video Obama, Modi Resolve Nuclear Deal Issues

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Video Obama Arrives in India, Will Attend Republic Day Festivities

Barack Obama is set to make history as the first American president to attend India’s Republic Day ceremony on Monday. White House officials say the visit, Obama's second to India, marks a seminal and transformational moment in relations between the two countries. VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.

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President Barack Obama was interviewed by three popular Youtube channel creators at the White House this week
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