Obama administration delays politically-sensitive pipeline decision
Thousands protested the proposed Keystone XL pipeline outside the White House November 6, 2011.
November 10th, 2011
04:40 PM ET

Obama administration delays politically-sensitive pipeline decision

The State Department Thursday authorized an extension to study the routing of a controversial oil pipeline in order to study the environmental sensitivities, a move that will delay a final decision until after the next presidential election.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that planed to transport oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast was thought to be in the final stages of review following a summer of State Department sponsored town hall meetings in communities where the pipeline planned to cross.

In a written statement supporting the State Department’s announcement, President Obama said: “Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.”

“The final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people,” Obama said in his statement.

With the announcement, the State Department said it was necessary to study alternative routes that may be less environmentally harmful. FULL POST

Topics: Energy • President Obama
First Family watches World Cup final
Photo: Pete Souza/White House
July 17th, 2011
05:41 PM ET

First Family watches World Cup final

The White House released this photo of the First Family watching the women's World Cup final on Sunday in the Treaty Room office in the White House residence.

Topics: The Family
First Family heads to church
The Obamas walk through Lafayette Park on their way to church. Photo: Khalil Abdallah/CNN
July 17th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

First Family heads to church

While he continues to push for a deal on raising the federal debt limit, President Obama and his family made the short walk from the White House to St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington on Sunday.

A White House official tells CNN President Obama and the First Family have worshiped many times over the course of the Administration, including at 19th Street Baptist Church, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, the Washington National Cathedral, multiple times at St. John's Episcopal Church, and Evergreen Chapel at Camp David. Obama has said in the past that he does not make it a habit of attending church in public because of the inconvenince his presence adds with all the extra security.

As the family walked through Lafayette Park on their return to the White House, the president was asked whether he planned to watch the United States women's soccer team play Japan in the World Cup final Sunday afternoon. "Absolutely," he said. "Go U.S.A."

Topics: President Obama • The Family