Republican plans for 2015 and other headlines

First up as the Republican-led Congress convenes this week: Keystone XL pipeline. (New York Times)

Republicans have big plans for state governments. (Washington Post)

GOP turns to the courts to aid agenda. (New York Times)

Obama to highlight economic policies in aggressive push toward State of the Union. (Washington Post)

Another year of executive action. (Politico)

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office to take over the Tamir Rice shooting investigation from the state of Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Maryland’s Governor commutes the state’s last death sentences. (Time)

Jury selection begins today in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev. (Boston Globe)

What fmr. VA Gov. Bob McDonnell is doing as he awaits sentencing. (Washington Post)

City in Texas emerges as new battleground on voting rights. (AP)

The surprise in your King Cake might be no prize at all. (Wall Street Journal)

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Republican plans for 2015 and other headlines