GRIP AND GRIN: Opponents see eye to eye on pipeline. KATV/Elicia Dover

The photo by KATV’s Elicia Dover says it all. Sen. Mark Pryor and his Republican opponent, Tom Cotton, were all smiles this morning as they joined hands (with U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, too) at an energy-industry backed news conference to tout their support for the Keystone XL pipeline.

They were at Welspun, a Little Rock factory that has already fulfilled an order for the line. They are trying to pressure President Obama to move forward on the hotly contested lines, which landowners in the nation’s midsection fear for environmental reasons. It has also been challenged as of minor value in U.S. jobs and primarily a beneficiary of wealthy interests, such as the Kochs, in developing Canadian tar sands for shipments to Texas refineries that will make products for overseas delivery.