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2:30 PM ET, November 14, 2014


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Rick Klein / ABC News:
Secret Emails of Potential Clinton Campaign Managers Revealed … For the past five years, a prominent Democratic operative who is a leading contender to manage a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has maintained a private email listserv for friends and associates that carries a provocative name: the “Mook Mafia.”
Erin McPike / CNN:   Rob Portman eyes WH run
Bruce Parker /
But wait, there's more: Fifth video shows Gruber mocking Vermonters  —  GIMME FIVE: Video from a 2011 Vermont House committee meeting shows Obamacare guru Jonathan Gruber insulting a Vermont citizen.  —  A video from Vermont shows Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber mocking a Vermonter …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WaPo fact check: Yes, Gruber got $400,000 for ObamaCare work  —  Or, if you prefer a more acerbic conclusion, taxpayers paid Jonathan Gruber in the mid-six-figures to lie to them, and then brag about it to all of his friends and fans later.  Glenn Kessler fact-checked an assertion …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Gruber Confession  —  It's not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War).  But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Newly Insured Through Exchanges Give Coverage Good Marks  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Over seven in 10 Americans who bought new health insurance policies through the government exchanges earlier this year rate the quality of their healthcare and their healthcare coverage as “excellent” or “good.”
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., 55% of Uninsured Plan to Get Health Coverage
Discussion: Washington Post
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Mark Kirk: ‘No Frickin’ Way Am I Retiring'  —  Kirk says he'll run for a second term.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)  —  Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., has a message for anyone who doubts his will or appetite for a second term.  —  “No frickin' way am I retiring,” he told CQ Roll Call …
Discussion: CNN
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Duckworth interested in challenging Kirk for Senate seat in 2016
Billy House / National Journal:
Dems Deny Duckworth a Proxy Vote in Democratic Leader Elections  —  The pregnant Illinois congresswoman and wounded war veteran is unable to travel to D.C.  —  Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is expecting a baby in December, is being denied a request to vote by proxy …
Dahlia Lithwick / The New Republic:
Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Harvard, Harvard, Columbia  —  The thing that scares me most about the Supreme Court  —  Under Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court has emerged as one of the most ideologically aggressive in decades, and its rightward trajectory …
Discussion: CNBC
The Atlantic Online:
The Conservative Case for Net Neutrality  —  Everyone likes the Internet.  —  While not wholly true, per se, it can sometimes seem this way in national politics.  Democrats like tech startups, Republicans like tech startups, everyone likes innovation and entrepreneurship and jobs and …
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Bush Tells Hannity Why He Refuses to Criticize Obama  —  Sean Hannity dedicated his entire show Thursday night to an extended interview for former President George W. Bush.  At one point, Hannity expressed a little frustration over the fact that Bush is so reluctant to offer up any criticisms of President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Business Insider
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Obama's Unexpectedly Good Week  —  Eight days ago, President Obama went before the White House press corps to acknowledge the previous day's midterm-election results and take his knocks.  “Obviously, Republicans had a good night,” he said.  “And they deserve credit for running good campaigns.
CBS Miami:
Blind Man: Cops Arrested & Ditched Me By Side Of The Road  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) — On August 27th at approximately 8:30 pm, four plain clothes Miami Dade Police officers pulled onto a dead end street in South Dade and arrested three young black men.  The scene was captured on video camera.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
Mayor Betsy Hodges:
pointergate  —  A few days before the November 4th election, I took a photo with an organizer while doorknocking to get the vote out.  In that photo, the organizer and I pointed at one another (after, it has often been remarked, an awkward moment of set-up).
Chris Christie's temperament spooks Wall Street  —  Top GOP donors still see the New Jersey governor as a risky investment.  —  Chris Christie has seemed on top of the world to donors and supporters in the days since the GOP racked up big wins in gubernatorial races with him leading the charge for the Republican Governors Association.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Big donors urge Warren to run  —  Elizabeth Warren insists she has no interest in running for president in 2016, but the rich liberals to whom she spoke Thursday afternoon seemed unwilling to take ‘no’ for an answer.  —  The Massachusetts senator got a rock stars' welcome during …
New York Times:
Obama, Down but Not Out, Presses Ahead  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama emerged from last week's midterm election rejected by voters, hobbled politically and doomed to a final two years in office suffering from early lame-duck syndrome.  That, at least, was the consensus in both parties.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
Shell lawsuit against environmental groups ruled unconstitutional  —  Two years ago, in a preemptive move, Shell sued a host of environmental and advocacy groups to prevent them from suing Shell over its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.  —  On Wednesday, a federal appeals court called …
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will have to spend billions of dollars over the next five years to make emergency fixes to its nuclear weapons infrastructure, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will announce on Friday, after two separate Pentagon studies concluded …
Discussion: US News, Gizmodo and NPR
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ranking member contest is early test of Pelosi's power in new Congress  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is a shoo-in to keep her spot as the top House Democrat in the next Congress.  But another intra-party election this month - the contest for ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee …
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Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
China, Coal, Climate
Discussion: The Dish
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
David Axelrod: Democrats Need a Coherent Economic Message
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Hot Air
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Obama Veto Pen Could Soon Get a Workout
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
USA Today:
Rural hospitals in critical condition
Washington Post:
GOP debates its immigration strategy as Obama prepares executive action
 Earlier Items: 
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Leahy eyes NSA reform as crowning glory
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Cassidy leads Landrieu in internal poll
Discussion: Power Line
Adam Silver / New York Times:
N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver: Allow Gambling on Pro Games
Discussion: NPR, ABC News and ThinkProgress
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Dempsey: 'We're Certainly Considering' Dispatching US Forces To Fight With Iraqi Troops Against ISIS
Discussion: Firedoglake and Associated Press
The immigration waiting game will end soon
Discussion: Washington Monthly and RedState
Hans von Spakovsky / Daily Signal:
Is Loretta Lynch Another Eric Holder? Here's What We Know About Her Troubling Past
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Americans' Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program