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9:00 PM ET, November 18, 2014

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New York Times:
Senate Rejects Bid to Finish Oil Pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, by a single vote, stopped legislation that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, one of the most fractious and expensive environmental battles of the Obama presidency.
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Oops!  New York Times Accidentally Publishes Unedited Keystone Story  —  It is every journalist's nightmare.  May the media gods spare TPM.  —  But the New York Times on Tuesday accidentally published an unedited version of a story about the Senate's vote on the Keystone pipeline at about 4:40 p.m. ET …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Obama in Winter  —  They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course.  The post-midterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency.  President Obama has racked up some impressive foreign-policy accomplishments …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Keystone bill dies in the Senate — for now
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:   Louisiana Senate Seat Is Real Reward in Keystone Pipeline Vote
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:   Sen. King to vote against Keystone bill
Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg Politics:
Louisiana's Landrieu Silent at Almost 70% of Energy Hearings
Discussion: Reuters, Hot Air and Washington Post
JONATHAN TURLEY:
TURLEY AGREES TO SERVE AS LEAD COUNSEL FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE  —  As many on this blog are aware, I have previously testified, written, and litigated in opposition to the rise of executive power and the countervailing decline in congressional power in our tripartite system.
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Lauren French / Politico:   GOP hires legal scholar to oversee Obama lawsuit
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Liberal Law Professor Jonathan Turley: Obama's Executive Amnesty Threat 'Tears at Very Fabric of The Constitution"
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
It's Time For Leftist Gruber Truthers To Give It A Rest  —  Jonathan Gruber was a key architect of Obamacare who was intimately involved in the drafting of the legislation.  —  That is a fact.  It is not arguable.  It is not assailable.  It is backed up by overwhelming contemporaneous evidence long …
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Steve Rattner: Jonathan Gruber was ‘the man’ on Obamacare  —  Obama has since noted Gruber was never on the White House's staff.  —  Jonathan Gruber was “the man” behind Obamacare, according to a former adviser to President Barack Obama.  —  “The problem is not that Gruber helped …
Aaron Sharockman / PolitiFact:
Jonathan Gruber mentions on TV: Fox News 779, MSNBC 79
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Questions About Sharpton's Finances Accompany His Rise in Influence  —  The Rev. Al Sharpton, who came to prominence as an imposing figure in a track suit, shouting indignantly at the powerful, stood quietly on a stage last month at the Four Seasons restaurant, his now slender frame wrapped …
New York Times:
Israel on Edge After Attackers Kill Five in Synagogue  —  JERUSALEM — Two Palestinians armed with a gun, knives and axes stormed a synagogue complex in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of West Jerusalem on Tuesday morning and killed four men in the middle of their morning prayers, the Israeli police said.
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The Times of Israel:
Israel to relax gun laws following synagogue attack  —  Police raise threat level to second-highest designation following terror assault on Jerusalem prayer service  —  Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch pledged to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defense …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists  —  Senior vice president Emil Michael floated making critics' personal lives fair game.  Michael apologized Monday for the remarks.  —  Emil Michael, senior vice president of business for Uber, in July.  —  David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
The moment I learned just how far Uber will go to silence journalists and attack women
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Donnie Swaggart Says That Gay Rights Activists Would Love To Behead Christians  —  Last month, Donnie Swaggart, son of the infamous televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, hosted a panel discussion on the “Frances & Friends” television program dedicated to discussing the controversy that had erupted in Houston …
Kevin Armstrong / NY Daily News:
NFL suspends Vikings RB Adrian Peterson without pay for remainder of the season  —  He will not be considered for reinstatement before April of 2015.  The NFL Players' Association said in a statement that it will appeal Peterson's suspension and is demanding a neutral arbitrator handle the appeal.
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Washington Post:
In Mr. Obama's own words, acting alone is ‘not how our democracy functions’  —  DEMOCRATS URGING President Obama to “go big” in his executive order on immigration might pause to consider the following scenario:  —  It is 2017.  Newly elected President Ted Cruz (R) insists he has won a mandate to repeal Obamacare.
Chris Moody / CNN:
GOP officials deny knowing about coded Twitter accounts  —  Washington (CNN) — Top officials at the campaign committee for House Republicans said Tuesday they weren't aware of anonymous Twitter accounts that were used ahead of the midterms to share internal polling data with outside groups, potentially violating campaign finance laws.
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Gov. Mike Pence Says He's ‘Ennobling’ Poor People By Cutting Off Food Stamps In Indiana  —  Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) explained on Tuesday that a new policy that could cut off food stamps for thousands of people in his state would be “ennobling” for poor people.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
If Congress Doesn't Act In The Next Month, It Could Be The End Of The Postal Service As We Know It  —  If Congress does not pass legislation that would save the Postal Service from financial collapse before the end of its current session, the future of the country's mail service will be in the hands …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Thompson / Reuters:
Peter Kassig's Powerful Silence Before ISIS Beheaded Him  —  The former Army Ranger did not address the camera.  —  It's tough to take any solace when the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria commits a murder, as it made clear yet again on Sunday it had done with the release of a video …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Getting back to basics in the raging debate over deportations  —  Criticism of President Obama's expected executive action to shield millions from deportations falls into two categories.  Some treat it as self-evident that it will be “lawless” or a “shredding of the Constitution,” …
 
 
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Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
University of Rhode Island Removes Gruber Video After It Goes Viral
National Journal:
McConnell Pushes Republicans to Silence Senate Debate on NSA Reform Bill
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
House Approps Chairman Proposes Canceling Amnesty Funds Next Year
Discussion: National Review
CBS Miami:
Ileana's Son: From Amanda to Rodrigo
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Critic of Polygraph Tests Accused of Teaching People to Lie to Government
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Hit & Run
New York Times:
Voter Laws Scrutinized For Impact On Midterms
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
White House Plays Coy on Possible Keystone Veto
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Leber / The New Republic:
Mitch “I'm Not a Scientist” McConnell Suddenly Believes in Science
Daily Mail:
‘Orange Is the New Black’ actress breaks down in interview as she recounts the day her parents …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The New Republican Plan To Rig The 2016 Presidential Election
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Incredible Audio Of Gov. Jay Nixon Bumbling Through An Answer About Ferguson
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Long Shot  —  Martin O'Malley ought to be a Democrat's dream candidate.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Political Wire
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
On Obamacare, the G.O.P. Lays a Trap for Itself
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Say it loud: Black, GOP and proud
Discussion: Crew of 42 and Mediaite