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Now that Senate Democrats have defeated legislation that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Republicans are promising to push the project through when they take control of the Senate next year. But this fight isn't always along predictable party lines. Reporting from Nebraska, a state at the heart of the pipeline's path, Elliott D. Woods explains why.

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Brian Turner served seven years in the US Army, including one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

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Charles Wright: New Poet Laureate

A frequent contributor to VQR, Charles Wright writes elegantly and powerfully about—in his words—“landscape, language, and the idea of God.” Read more about the new poet laureate here.