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After more than five years of passionate debate, the Obama Administration has done it again: put off a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans are united against any delay. Democrats are caught between environmentalists, oil interests and organized labor. We hear how it might impact this year's mid-term elections. Also, the Supreme Court upholds Michigan's ban on affirmative action. On today's Talking Point, is a tiny antenna the size of a paperclip a real threat to the multi-billion dollar broadcast industry?

Banner image: TransCanada Keystone Oil Pipeline Pumping Station in rural Nebraska. Photo: Shannon Ramos

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Kareem Maddox
Benjamin Gottlieb

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban on Affirmative Action 7 MIN, 44 SEC

By a vote of six to two, the US Supreme Court today upheld the voters of Michigan, who banned the use of race as a factor in admission to public colleges and universities. In dissent, read aloud from the bench, Justice Sonya Sotomayor said her colleagues, "ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society." Bob Barnes covers the court for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Robert Barnes, Washington Post (@scotusreporter )

The Keystone XL Pipeline Divides the Democrats 35 MIN, 2 SEC

After more than five years of passionate debate. last week the Obama Administration announced another delay in the Keystone XL Pipeline, designed to bring oil from Canadian tar sands across the border and on to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Republicans call it "shameful" to put off increasing oil supplies from a friendly neighbor. But Democrats are sharply divided, caught between oil interests, organized labor and environmentalists, who praise the delay in the interests of climate change and potential health affects. What's the role of this year's midterm elections and control of the Senate? What do cowboys and Indians have to do with it?

Guests:
Barbara Boxer, US Senate (D-CA) (@senatorboxer)
Andrew Restuccia, Politico (@AndrewRestuccia)
Dave Mallino, Laborers' International Union of North America (@LIUNA)
Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska (@janekleeb)
Daniel Kish, Institute for Energy Research (@IERenergy)

More:
Bold Nebraska on Keystone
Institute for Economic Research's economic analysis of Keystone
Laborers' International Union of North America on delay of Keystone decision
Reject and Protect (Cowboy and Indian Alliance)
Restuccia on Keystone non-decision putting Democrats in the hot seat
Restuccia on Steyer's vow to aid anti-Keystone lawmakers

Aereo Takes on Broadcast Juggernauts, Future of TV 8 MIN, 28 SEC

During oral arguments at the US Supreme Court today, lawyers for Aereo claimed its antenna is the next big thing in communications technology. Fox TV, CBS and other broadcasters testified that Aereo is stealing their product and that it could destroy their business. The Obama Administration agreed. Could a tiny antenna the size of a dime change the multi-billion dollar television industry forever? Joe Flint is media reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times (@JBFlint)

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