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The Nebraska Board of Education on Wednesday passed a resolution calling for the resignation of board member Pat McPherson over his controversial blog, but he refused to step down.

McPherson founded the Objective Conservative blog, which referred to President Obama as a "half-breed" numerous times. Although McPherson claims he did not write the controversial posts, he has shut down the blog.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate passed a bill authorizing the pipeline, despite numerous attempts to force President Barack Obama's hand on the issue. Nine Democrats joined with 53 Republicans to back the measure.

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The Justice Department's inspector general was unable to confirm former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson's claim that a federal government agency hacked into her computer, according to the Washington Post.

In her 2014 memoir "Stonewalled," Attkisson wrote that "either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency" gained access to her computer in order to spy on her.

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