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He might be viewed by some as a lame duck cornered by an antagonistic Congress eager to shut him down, but President Obama is apparently still willing to flex his executive powers when it comes to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would stretch from the U.S.-Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico.

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As of Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the first occupant of his office to be indicted in nearly a century, and as of Tuesday, the Lone Star State's top executive was ready to turn himself in to the local authorities as he stands accused of abusing his power.

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Talk about a killjoy: After a long slog and Thursday's sweet victory in the New Jersey Assembly, the same-sex marriage bill that had managed to make it through all the legislative steps except one was vetoed Friday by Gov. Chris Christie.

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Late last year, President Obama pulled a fast one by changing his stance on the National Defense Authorization Act so suddenly and drastically that Americans were left with a bad case of legislative whiplash -- and a very serious state of affairs with regard to our civil liberties. The choice was eminently clear to make Chris Hedges our pick for this week's Truthdigger for his gutsy gesture of protest against the notorious National Defense Authorization Act.

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