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Thom Tillis speaks to supporters at a election night rally in Charlotte, N.C., after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Tillis, the Republican establishment’s favored son in North Carolina, won the state’s Senate nomination by running as a proud conservative who’s not terribly different from his tea party and Christian-right opponents. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, one of the Senate's most endangered Democrats, was the lead sponsor of the energy bill that included the pipeline. (Associated Press)

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Blockers: Environmentalists oppose the cross-country pipeline because they fear catastrophic spills and emissions of greenhouse gases that they blame for climate change. They have warned Mr. Obama of political peril in November's elections. (Associated Press photographs)

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Folksy: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid compared the fight with Republicans over the Keystone XL pipeline to a greased pig contest in which a deal always slips out of his hands.

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Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, one of the Senate's most endangered Democrats, was the lead sponsor of the energy bill that included the pipeline. (Associated Press)

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Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, who would be in line to lead the Senate if his party wins control of the chamber in the November elections, is opposed to restoring the procedure of earmarking, a spokesman said. (Associated Press)

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Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, who would be in line to lead the Senate if his party wins control of the chamber in the November elections, is opposed to restoring the procedure of earmarking, a spokesman said. (Associated Press)