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5:30 PM ET, November 12, 2014


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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
At press conference with Obama, China leader lectures U.S. media  —  BEIJING — Moments of high drama played out at President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping's joint press conference here Wednesday, as the Chinese leader appeared to be snubbing the U.S. by ignoring …
Mother Jones:
BREAKING: The US and China Just Announced a Huge Deal on Climate—and It's a Game Changer  —  The surprise agreement aims to double the pace of carbon pollution reduction in the United States.  —  In a surprise announcement Tuesday night, the world's two biggest economies and greenhouse gas emitters …
John Kerry / New York Times:
Our Historic Agreement With China on Climate Change  —  BEIJING — The United States and China are the world's two largest economies, two largest consumers of energy, and two largest emitters of greenhouse gases.  Together we account for about 40 percent of the world's emissions.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks
The White House:
U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change
Ethan Epstein / Weekly Standard:
Anti-Military Anthem Played at ‘Concert for Valor’  —  Who would have thought that that Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown, accomplished musicians all, would be so, well, tone-deaf?  But how else to explain their choice of song—Creedence Clearwater's famously anti-war anthem …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Weekly Standard bellyaches...  ... about the Creedence song “Fortunate Son” getting played at the “Concert for Valor” (a televised Veterans Day event on the National Mall).  The song is termed a “famously anti-war anthem,” “an anti-war screed,” and “an anti-draft song.”
Discussion: alicublog and Booman Tribune
Jessica Goldstein / ThinkProgress:
Team Springsteen: Why ‘Fortunate Son’ Belonged At The Concert For Valor  —  Bruce Springsteen performed at the Concert For Valor on the National Mall on Tuesday night.  Events like this are Bruce's calling.  He probably has a star-spangled bat signal in his house that lights up whenever …
Discussion: Raw Story and Twitchy
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
Obamacare's Foundation of Lies  —  There is only one kind of lie, it's apolitical, and it cripples the best of intentions.  —  A lie is apolitical, or at least it should be.  If there is one thing that unites clear-headed Americans, it's a belief that our leaders must be transparent and honest.
Washington Post:
Mike Huckabee rebuilds political team with eye on another presidential run  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who turned his stunning victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses into a thriving talk show career, is reconnecting with activists and enlisting staff to position himself in a growing field …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Fox News reevaluating Huckabee amid report of possible 2016 bid  —  Fox News is reevaluating Mike Huckabee's status with the network following a new report that he is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid.  —  “We are taking a serious look at Governor Huckabee's recent activity in the political arena and are evaluating his current status.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Here Comes Huck the “Populist”
Discussion: American Prospect
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: ‘No desire’ to obstruct GOP  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday pledged to work with Republicans when they are in the majority and eschew the strategy of obstruction he has accused them of using against Democrats.  —  “I am ready, Mr. President …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell, Reid look for deal
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The PJ Tatler
Politico:   Jon Tester is Democrats' likely pick to run Senate 2016 effort
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
For the First Time, Humanity Has Landed Something on a Comet  —  Questions, and answers, about a union more than a decade in the making  —  Wait, we're landing on a comet?  —  Yes!  —  Which comet?  —  It's called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko; it was discovered in 1969 (and named, as you may have guessed, for its discoverers).
Dave Gilbert / CNN:
First soft landing ever on a comet
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Little Enthusiasm, Familiar Divisions After the GOP's Big Midterm Victory  —  Most Expect Obama to Get Little Done Over Next Two Years  —  After a sweeping midterm election victory on Nov. 4, the Republican Party retook full control of Congress.  But the public has mixed reactions to the GOP's big win …
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Democratic Party Favorable Rating Falls to Record Low  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After the midterm elections that saw the Democratic Party suffer significant losses in Congress, a record-low 36% of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of the party, down six percentage points from before the elections.
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
Holidays' names stricken from next year's Montgomery schools calendar  —  Christmas and Easter have been stricken from next year's school calendar in Montgomery County.  So have Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.  —  Montgomery's Board of Education voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to eliminate references …
Fox News:
Maryland school district to strip references to religious holidays on school calendars
Discussion: ThinkProgress and BizPac Review
Pelosi: 'It wasn't a wave'  —  An exclusive interview with an unbowed Nancy Pelosi.  —  House Democrats ended Election Day controlling fewer seats than they have in nearly 80 years, but Nancy Pelosi isn't conceding anything.  —  “I do not believe what happened the other night is a wave …
Washington Post:
Chinese hack U.S. Weather systems, satellite network  —  Hackers from China breached the federal weather network recently, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses, officials said.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Demise of the White Democratic Voter  —  It has not escaped the notice of political analysts that 72 percent of whites without college degrees — a rough proxy for what we used to call the white working class — believe that “the U.S. economic system generally favors the wealthy.”
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Rise of the Republican Pragmatists  —  Expect the new GOP majorities in Congress to press forward with a governing agenda, avoiding the intra-party conflicts of years past.  —  In Washington, narratives last long past their sell-by date.  One of the most common tropes is that Republicans …
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Republican Dan Sullivan wins Senate race in Alaska  —  5 photos  —  JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska's U.S. Senate race, defeating first-term incumbent Democrat Mark Begich.  —  Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes on Election Night last week and held …
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Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Something Funny Happened In Iowa, And It May Hurt Democrats In 2016
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Progressives push Obama to shield more immigrants
Perry Chiaramonte / Associated Press:
Border Patrol agents say agency's gun recall puts them in danger
Discussion: BizPac Review
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
At Supreme Court, secretiveness attracts snoops
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Jamie Crawford / CNN:
U.S. sailors attacked in Turkey, have bags placed over heads
Discussion: CBS DC
Stephen Lurie / The Atlantic Online:
The Only Man Who Can Fix Mass Incarceration Is Barack Obama
Discussion: Politico
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Colorado Ousts Pro-Gun Republicans, Showing Effect of Turnout
New York Times:
The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years