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9:20 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 …
New York Times:   Louisiana Senate Seat Is Real Reward in Keystone Pipeline Vote
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Keystone bill dies in the Senate — for now
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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: Hot Air, Reuters 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 …
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 …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Hamas Endorses a Massacre  —  Understanding the true genocidal nature of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian branch  —  One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we've seen …
Catalina Camia / OnPolitics:
Congresswoman on transgender son: I love my child no matter what  —  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla..  (Handout via Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)  —  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has words of advice for other parents with transgender children: Don't reject them, and always show your love.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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CBS Miami:
Ileana's Son: From Amanda to Rodrigo
Discussion: Washington Times and US News
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 …
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
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Long Shot  —  Martin O'Malley ought to be a Democrat's dream candidate.  In two terms as the governor of Maryland, he's ushered in a sweeping liberal agenda that includes gay marriage, gun control, an end to the death penalty, and in-state college tuition for undocumented immigrants.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Political Wire
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Charlie Cook / National Journal:
Are We Ready for Hillary?  —  Some time in the next six months …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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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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 …
 
 
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Heritage Fellow: Obama Will Use Government ‘Goodies’ To Replace Americans With Latino Immigrants
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
University of Rhode Island Removes Gruber Video After It Goes Viral
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Getting back to basics in the raging debate over deportations
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Critic of Polygraph Tests Accused of Teaching People to Lie to Government
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Hit & Run
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
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
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
On Obamacare, the G.O.P. Lays a Trap for Itself
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos