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7:50 PM ET, November 13, 2014


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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi says she doesn't know who Jonathan Gruber is.  She touted his work in 2009.  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that, not only did Jonathan Gruber not play a significant role in drafting Obamacare, but that she doesn't even “know who he is.”
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The Jon Gruber controversy and what it means for Obamacare, explained  —  Over the past three days, conservative news outlets have posted multiple videos of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT health economist who worked on Romneycare and Obamacare, crediting the “stupidity” of American voters as one reason that the health law passed.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Law in the Raw  —  Nearly a week has gone by since the Supreme Court's unexpected decision to enlist in the latest effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, and the shock remains unabated.  “This is Bush v. Gore all over again,” one friend said as we struggled to absorb the news last Friday afternoon.
JakeTapper / CNN:
Obamacare architect discussed misleading public in 4th newly uncovered video  —  Washington (CNN) — As Congress voted on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in 2010, one of the bill's architects, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, told a college audience that those pushing the legislation pitched …
Discussion: Washington Post and ThinkProgress
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Pelosi on Jonathan Gruber: 'I don't know who he is. He didn't help write our bill.'
Washington Post:
GOP's anti-Obamacare push gains new momentum in wake of Gruber video
New York Times:
Obama Aides Say Moves Will Avert 5 Million Deportations  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will ignore angry protests from Republicans and announce as soon as next week a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration enforcement system that will protect up to five million undocumented immigrants …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems warn Obama: Don't back down on immigration
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
Fox News Insider:
Fox News Obtains Drafts of Obama's Immigration Plan; Krauthammer Reacts
Discussion: Washington Post
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Americans' Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program  —  Fake Cellphone Towers on Planes Used to Target Criminals, but Also Sift Through Thousands of Other Phones  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed …
New York Times:
Harry Reid Gets an Earful Before Being Re-Elected to Lead Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats voted on Thursday to keep Senator Harry Reid of Nevada as their leader, but his victory came only after a nearly four-hour closed-door meeting in which 28 caucus members expressed their frustration …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCaskill won't back Reid for leader
Discussion: Roll Call, Politico and Hot Air
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama veers left after red wave  —  President Obama has taken significant steps to the left since his party's devastating losses in the midterm elections.  —  In a surprise, he announced a major deal on climate change with China during a trip to Beijing Tuesday.
Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air and Liberaland
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Reid to Obama: Wait on immigration orders until after CR passes
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
Lauren French / Politico:
Pelosi calls out media for sexism
Discussion: The Hill
The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren Gets Senate Democratic Leadership Spot  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gained a leadership position in the Senate Democratic caucus Thursday, giving the prominent progressive senator a key role in shaping the party's policy priorities.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
The Rudy Giuliani guide to beating Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Daily Kos, ABC News and Washington Post
Barbara Bowman / Washington Post:
Bill Cosby raped me.  Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?  —  Only when a male comedian called Cosby a rapist did the accusation take hold.  —  In 2004, when Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby for sexual assault, her lawyers asked me to testify.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is this the political map of the future?  —  BARACK OBAMA CAMPAIGNS RACE AND DIVERSITY HISPANICS  —  If you're a political junkie — or at least if you're a conservative political junkie — you've probably seen the map.  It's a map of the United States showing the congressional districts won …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Elicia Dover / KATV-TV:
Gov. Mike Beebe says he will pardon his own son  —  Gov. Mike Beebe says he will pardon his son, Kyle, for a felony crime from his past.  —  “Mr. Governor, I am asking for a second chance at life.  I am asking for a second chance to be the man that I know that I can be,” Kyle Beebe wrote in his pardon application to his father.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Steve King warns of ‘constitutional crisis’  —  The United States will be plunged in a “constitutional crisis” if President Obama takes unilateral action to delay deportations, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Thursday.  —  King, a leading opponent of the immigration bill passed by the Senate last year …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Series of Secret Service Blunders Eased Way for White House Intruder  —  WASHINGTON — An intruder was able to climb a fence and enter the White House in September because of a succession of “performance, organizational, technical” and other failures by the Secret Service …
Mark K. Matthews / Denver Post:
MARK UDALL TO CONSIDER ALL OPTIONS TO REVEAL CIA TORTURE REPORT  —  Senator Mark Udall points to the crowd as he walks to the stage to give his concession speech at the Democrat Party at the Westin Denver Downtown hotel, November 4, 2014.  (John Leyba, The Denver Post)
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Obsession With ‘Restoring’ America  —  Why so many conservatives have nostalgia for an era that wasn't all that golden  —  Next January, just in time for a potential presidential bid, Marco Rubio will publish a book.  It's called American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
House, Senate to vote on Keystone XL pipeline  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) moved quickly on Wednesday to force the U.S. Senate to pass a long-stalled bill allowing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Senate leaders agreed to hold a vote as early as next Tuesday.
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