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President Obama vetoed a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Tuesday afternoon.

This veto is only the third of his presidency, which, as history shows, is pretty unusual. No president has vetoed fewer bills since James Garfield, who did not veto any legislation in his six-month presidency in 1881. But, as National Journal's George Condon explains, that's sure to change in Obama's final two years in office, thanks to a growing GOP wish list. 

Here is a look at how Obama's current veto record ranks against his predecessors', and also some of the quirkiest pieces of legislation to ever be vetoed (spoiler: One involves homing pigeons).

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