- - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SENATE

GOP bill would force action on pipeline

Angered by President Obama’s delay of a proposed oil pipeline from Canada, Senate Republicans are moving to force him to act.

A bill introduced by 37 GOP senators, including Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, would require the administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days, unless the president declares the project is not in the national interest.


The bill has little chance of approval in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but the measure illustrates Republicans’ frustration about the pipeline delay and their belief that Mr. Obama is vulnerable on the issue. GOP senators called the $7 billion pipeline the ultimate “shovel-ready” project and said it could create as many as 20,000 jobs.

The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas.

OHIO

Cain to say next week if he will stay in race

DAYTON — His campaign’s survival in question, Herman Cain plowed ahead Wednesday in an effort to move past a woman’s allegation that they had a longtime affair. But he acknowledged the toll was rising and said he would decide by next week whether to drop out of the Republican race.

Publicly, there were no signs that the former pizza company executive was calling it quits in his campaign for the presidential nomination. In fact, it was just the opposite: Aides were moving ahead with plans for events in New Hampshire, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia and prepared to launch a fresh round of TV ads in Iowa.

And Mr. Cain himself, on a one-day bus tour of Ohio, insisted he was seeing “a groundswell of positive support” after the latest allegation threatening his campaign. Still, he acknowledged “we are re-assessing and we are re-evaluating” in light of the woman’s account, which followed accusations of sexual harassment by other women in recent weeks.

In an interview on Fox News late Wednesday, Mr. Cain said the controversy has taken an “emotional toll” on his wife, Gloria.

“I’ve got to think about my family first, especially my wife,” Cain said. “This is why we are reassessing.”

He said he would exit the race if the price proved too high and he would make a decision by the middle of next week at the latest.

At his campaign stops, he renewed what has become a familiar defense: that he is the victim of attacks by liberals and the establishment.

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