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PODCAST: Maclean’s on the Hill, Jan. 24

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38-year-old homeless tour guide Karim stands at the Prague’s main railway station during his tour in Prague November 20, 2012. Karim works for a student-run tour agency Pragulic as a tour guide that shows tourists the sides of Prague that sightseers would normally avoid. Picture taken November 20, 2012. To match CZECH-HOMELESS/TOUR REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY TRAVEL)
John Geddes, Paul Wells and Aaron Wherry
Each week, the Maclean’s politics team and Cormac MacSweeney sit down to hash out the week’s news in Ottawa. Expect incisive analysis and commentary, as well as interviews with the biggest newsmakers of the last seven days. This week we have interviews with House Government Leader Peter Van Loan and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. John speaks with Olivia Chow, John and Aaron comment on the return of Parliament, Michael Petrou and Aaron talk about Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel, and Paul talks to economist Mike Moffatt about the iPod tax.
Cormac MacSweeney, Parliament Hill bureau chief for 1310 News


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THE HEADLINES


ON OLIVIA
Does she want to run for mayor?


ON ISRAEL
Harper’s misleading speech at the Knesset


ON THE IPOD TAX
An economist is finally vindicated


ON HARPER, 24/7
The PM’s underwhelming week-in-review


ON CHRÉTIEN
The former PM celebrates his 80th


SOUNDS OF CHRÉTIEN
Seen and heard at the birthday bash

THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE WAR

The five-years-and-counting Keystone XL pipeline saga is among the highest-profile environmental controversies to engulf North America in the 21st century. It has bred mistrust between Ottawa and Washington, and led a wary Prime Minister to press for a historic turning away from our largest trading partner towards markets entire oceans away.

Yet even as its consequences mount, the full story of the Keystone XL dispute remains misunderstood. Attention has focused on Hollywood stars protesting the oil sands, and a standoff between Obama and Republicans over jobs and energy security. The storm around Keystone XL is remarkable not least because of where it began: in a thoroughly Republican state of rural conservatism Nebraska and with one tall, reserved rancher in particular who would become the face of the fight.

Maclean’s Washington Correspondent Luiza Ch. Savage reports on the untold story of the Keystone pipeline war and how one rancher has killed Canada’s oil sands dream.

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