- - Sunday, December 2, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Europe to discuss Turkey’s defense and U.S. relations with Pakistan.

Her first stop is the Czech Republic for talks on energy policy in a country heavily dependent on Russian fuel.

Mrs. Clinton joins NATO foreign ministers in Brussels to discuss Turkey’s request for Patriot missile assistance. Violence is raging in neighboring Syria, which is believed to have several hundred ballistic surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads — a particular concern for Turkey, a NATO member.

On Friday, NATO said it will deploy the Patriots within weeks after the move is approved.

Mrs. Clinton also is to meet Pakistan’s foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar.

Her trip, which began Sunday, ends Friday with visits to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

STATE HOUSE

GOP lawmaker publicly reveals that he is gay

Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Fleck revealed publicly Saturday he is gay, making him the only openly gay Republican state legislator in the country and the first in Pennsylvania’s history, PoliticsPA reported.

Mr. Fleck told the Huntingdon Daily News that he is still the same person, still a Republican and “still a person of faith trying to live life as a servant of God and the public.”

“The only difference now is that I will also be doing so as honestly as I know how,” he said.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama pressured on pipeline decision

President Obama faces mounting pressure to decide whether to approve Keystone XL, a $7 billion proposed oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada.

Environmental activists and oil producers have fought for years over the potential environmental impact in states the pipeline will cross. But it’s really a proxy battle over broader issues, like climate change and energy consumption.

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