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4:10 AM ET, November 20, 2013


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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid is set to go nuclear  —  Senator Harry Reid appears set to go nuclear — before Thanksgiving.  —  With Senate Republicans blocking a third Obama nomination to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me Reid is now all but certain …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid threatens to go nuclear  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Tuesday that he is looking at reforming Senate rules to prevent Republicans from filibustering President Obama's judicial nominees.  —  “I'm at the point where we need to do something to allow government to function …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Impolitic
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:   Key Senate Democrats Flip, Now Ready For Filibuster Reform Via ‘Nuclear Option’
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Harry Reid: Actively weighing ‘nuclear option’
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid: GOP playing with fire on judges
Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession  —  Rep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, according to D.C. Superior Court documents.  —  Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday.
Larry O'Connor / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA REMOVES ‘GOD’ FROM GETTYSBURG ADDRESS  —  Washington DC talk show host Chris Plante reported today that Barack Obama omitted the words “under God” from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary.  —  Burns had filmed all living presidents …
The White House:
President Obama's Handwritten Tribute to the Gettysburg Address
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
NRSC apologizes for Obama Girl tweet  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee came under fire Tuesday for tweeting a photo that superimposed Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes's head on the body of “Obama Girl,” the model who starred in a series of 2007 music videos about her crush on President Obama.
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
NRSC Tweets Sexualized Attack Against Alison Lundergan Grimes  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) political director tweeted out an article on Tuesday that features the face of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes …
Discussion: Riehl World News and Mediaite
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Refuses to Block Texas Abortion Law  —  A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third of the state's clinics to stop providing abortions.  —  The justices voted 5-4 to leave …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Texas abortion law left in effect  —  Splitting five to four, the Supreme Court late Tuesday afternoon refused to block a Texas abortion law that critics say is forcing the closing of one-third of all clinics in the state.  The Court had been studying the issue for the past week.
Discussion: CNN and Hullabaloo
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obamacare vs. ACA: What's in a name?  —  President Barack Obama and loyal Democrats once embraced the term Obamacare to sell the American people on health care reform.  —  Not anymore.  —  With the president's approval ratings at record lows, a broken website and Obama under fire …
Laura Richards / OxfordWords blog:
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 is...  Illustration © Barry Hall, cube fish media  —  It's that time of the year again.  With a fanfare and a drum roll, it's time to announce the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year.  The votes have been counted and verified and I can exclusively reveal that the winner is....
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Administration Official: Obamacare Payment Systems Still Need to Be Built  —  The information technology systems of Obamacare are still anywhere from 30 to 70 percent unfinished, an administration official testified today.  —  Admittedly, the answer from Henry Chao, the Centers for Medicare …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Bruce Barcott / The New York Observer:
My Obamacare Cancellation  —  “Seething at a President I helped elect.”  —  We received the letter in the mail a couple months ago.  The good people at Regence Bluecross Blueshield were pleased to inform us that due to Obamacare our current low-monthly premium, comically-high deductible medical policy …
Discussion: The New Republic, The Caucus and Salon
Ana Livia Coelho / ESPN MediaZone:
ESPN's FiveThirtyEight Announces Managing Editor, Key Editorial Hires  —, the definitive website for data-driven journalism, will re-launch in early 2014 in coordination with ESPN.  In anticipation of the launch, the editorial team has made a number of key hires to fulfill …
State Rep. Uses Sledgehammer To Destroy Homeless People's Possessions  —  State Rep. Tom Brower (D) destroying a homeless person's possessions.  —  Much like Batkid, Hawaii has found its own superhero.  Except that instead of protecting the powerless from harm, he roams the streets …
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Gitmo good life: U.S. spends millions on landscaping, art classes for terror detainees  —  Thanks to a multimillion-dollar federal contract, Guantanamo Bay prisoners can enroll in seminars to learn all about basic landscaping and pruning, calligraphy and Microsoft PowerPoint while the U.S. figures out what to do with them.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Amy Worden /
Pa. House votes down transportation spending measure  —  HARRISBURG - After months of debate, the state House failed to pass legislation Monday night that would have provided $2.3 billion to complete long-overdue repairs to the state's aging transportation infrastructure.
Discussion: Politico and Eschaton
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
President Romney?  Yes, if the election were held today  —  For Mitt Romney, the 2012 election was held about a year too early.  —  Romney would hold a slight lead on President Obama if the 2012 election were replayed today, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
New York Times:
Beirut Bombs Strike at Iran as Assad's Ally  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — A double bombing struck the Iranian Embassy compound in Beirut on Tuesday, in the deadliest assault on Iran's interests since it emerged as the most forceful backer of the Syrian government against an armed insurgency.
Discussion: BBC, News Desk and Via Meadia
Lebanon blasts hit Iran's embassy in Beirut
Vancouver man: Joe Biden owes me an apology  —  Jeffrey Barton faces a charge of illegal discharge of a firearm  —  Jeffrey Barton, 52, of Vancouver says that Vice President Joe Biden owes him an apology for advice he gave about fending off intruders with blasts from a gun.
Steve Almasy / CNN:
Zimmerman faces another judge  —  Bail for George Zimmerman, charged with felony aggravated assault and two misdemeanors on allegations that he pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend in Florida, was set Tuesday afternoon at $9,000 during Zimmerman's first court appearance.
Discussion: KFOR-TV
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Dave Levinthal / The Center for Public …:
American League of Lobbyists changes name
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Police: Son likely stabbed Va. state Sen. Creigh Deeds, shot himself
Richard Engel / NBCNews:
Endless Afghanistan?  US-Afghan agreement would keep troops in place and funds flowing, perhaps indefinitely
Discussion: The Verge
Ken Jensen / Weekly Standard:
John Kerry Repudiates the Monroe Doctrine
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Husband of former FL Sec. State Katherine Harris commits suicide
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Montana Republicans Well Positioned for 2014
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
A Diver's Rise, and Swift Death, at the Limits of a Growing Sport
Discussion: Deadspin
New York Times:
Night Falls, and a Graffiti Mecca Is Whited Out
Discussion: Gawker
Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House waves veto pen at GOP ‘fracking,’ energy bills
Discussion: Politico
Emily Alpert Reyes / Los Angeles Times:
Cheating students more likely to want government jobs, study finds