Jan 24, 2017

Trump will reverse Obama's actions on Keystone XL and Dakota pipelines

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The president plans to sign executive actions today advancing the two oil pipelines, according to Bloomberg sources. Both had been stymied by the Obama administration — Keystone was rejected in 2015, while Dakota was blocked in December of last year.

What to watch: This revives pipelines as a massive political player for the environmental movement. With Dakota and Keystone both available to build, expect to see organizing on a new scale to block the efforts.

Instant reaction: Nebraska environmentalist Jane Kleeb, who organized opposition to Keystone XL: "We knew this would be coming. We stand and fight...."

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MLB's Rob Manfred is latest villain in Astros' cheating scandal

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to grant Astros players immunity in exchange for confessions about their sign-stealing scheme has undermined his reputation — and he only made himself look worse on Sunday.

The interview: In a 45-minute conversation with ESPN, Manfred asserted that public shame was punishment enough for the Astros. He also called the World Series trophy "just a piece of metal" and said that taking a title away from Houston "seems like a futile act."

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Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized

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Worries are growing that the economic impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected and that markets are being too complacent in factoring it in as a risk.

What's happening: The number of confirmed cases has already far outpaced expectations and even those reports are being viewed through a lens of suspicion that the Chinese government is underreporting the figures.

National newspapers thrive while local outlets struggle to survive

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While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting.

Why it matters: The inequity between giants like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and their local counterparts represents a growing problem in America as local communities no longer have the power to set the agenda for the news that most affects them.