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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Senate rejects expediting Keystone pipeline

The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph. (Handout photo - VIA REUTERS)
In the wake of lobbying by President Obama and Senate Democratic leaders, the Senate defeated legislation to speed up construction of a U.S.-Canadian oil pipeline by a margin of 56 votes to 42 on Thursday.

The White House victory — won after the president started personally calling Democratic senators Wednesday night — underscores the extent to which rising gas prices and energy supply have become a central political issue.

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