Crude awakening: Jenna Greene reports on the legal muscle behind TransCanada Corp.'s efforts to build the controversial, $5.3 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which will transport crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta to Steele City, Neb., 1,179 miles away.
South Dakota subsidies: South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard on has signed first-in-the-nation legislation establishing incentive payments to as many as 16 attorneys who agree to practice in rural areas. Karen Sloan reports that if the pilot program works, it could provide a blueprint for others states desperate for small-town lawyers.
DOMA recap: Tony Mauro takes a look back at last week's U.S. Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage. He reports that the the high court could be on the verge of a landmark ruling overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act, while it might punt on California's Proposition 8 by finding that the ballot initiative's backers lacked standing to defend it.
Sanctions climb against Russia: A court order levying a $50,000 daily fine against the Russian government for refusing to return thousands of Jewish religious texts made international headlines in January. But Zoe Tillman reports that what's happened since then remains a secret, except that the Russian Federation's tab has grown to more than $3.5 million.