Washington Daybook: Keystone Deadline

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Three sections of pipe sit on the ground during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Atoka, Oklahoma, as part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Today is the deadline for public comments at the State Department on the proposed Keystone pipeline to carry tar-sands oil fro Canada to U.S. refineries. Democratic donors are trying to persuade President Barack Obama that turning down TransCanada Corp.’s petition to build the $5.3 billion pipeline can be a political winner. They’re making personal pleas and pumping money into campaign funds as the pipeline plan moves closer to approval, Bloomberg News reports.

Apple Inc. could find out whether it will face any limits on sales of its iPhone 4 over a patent dispute with Google Inc’s Motorola. Washington’s International Trade Commission scheduled to announce whether it will uphold a judge’s finding that Motorola’s patent is invalid.

Obama hosts the annual White House Science Fair, with students from across the country showing off their baking soda volcanoes and potato clocks, with perhaps something new as well.

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill. Later, the full Senate takes a procedural vote on an online sales tax bill supported by retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits Israel. Martin Dempsey, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Beijing. Commodities Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler will speak in London.  Secretary of State John Kerry attends the NATO foreign ministers summit in Brussels.

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