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4:25 PM ET, November 18, 2014


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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.
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
What Jon Gruber's Quotes Really Tell Us About Obamacare—and American Politics  —  The controversy over Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist and Obamacare “architect” who talked about the “stupidity of American voters,” seems to be losing a bit of energy.  I'm not sure how much I can add …
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
On Obamacare, the G.O.P. Lays a Trap for Itself  —  A few days after the midterm elections, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear King v. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act in which the plaintiffs are arguing that people who live in states which have not set …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Katie Pavlich /
Liberal Law Professor Jonathan Turley: Obama's Executive Amnesty Threat 'Tears at Very Fabric of The Constitution"
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
“Grubergate” Is Giving the Supreme Court Cover to Destroy Obamacare
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 …
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Keystone at Senate tipping point  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and other supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline are stuck at 59 votes — one vote shy of the supermajority they need to move their bill forward on Tuesday.  —  Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Jonathan Gruber is conservative catnip
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Wait!  Wait!  —  I've already used the “Waiting For Godot” …
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
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
The moment I learned just how far Uber will go to silence journalists and attack women  —  A big debate among the Pando staff for the past two years has been over just how morally bankrupt Uber is.  Earlier this evening, a bombshell story by Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith proves the reality …
New York Times:
Four Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack  —  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.
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.
NFL Communications:
Adrian Peterson Suspended Without Pay For At Least the Remainder of 2014 Season
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Bloomberg View and NPR
NFLPA Statement on Adrian Peterson Suspension
Discussion: Mashable
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
Charlie Cook / National Journal:
Are We Ready for Hillary?  —  Some time in the next six months …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
GOP seeks creative ways to avert a shutdown  —  Republican leaders are trying to redirect their members' immigration rage.  —  Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding showdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Incredible Audio Of Gov. Jay Nixon Bumbling Through An Answer About Ferguson  —  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has declared a state of emergency and activated the state national guard in anticipation of a grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Rep. John Lewis Calls for ‘Massive, Non-Violent Protests’ Nationwide if Wilson Isn't Indicted
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Lauren French / Politico:
GOP hires legal scholar to oversee Obama lawsuit  —  House Republicans have hired a noted constitutional lawyer to oversee a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for alleged executive overreach.  —  Jonathan Turley, a professor at The George Washington University, has argued in favor …
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The New Republican Plan To Rig The 2016 Presidential Election  —  Last week, Michigan state Rep. Pete Lund (R) revealed a plan that would rig the Electoral College to ensure Republican victories in 2016 and beyond if it were enacted in a sufficient number of states.
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 …
New York Times:
A Crucial Vote on the Surveillance Bill  —  The Republican Party is so badly fractured that it is impossible to tell what steps it will take on domestic surveillance once it assumes control of Congress in January.  Its rising libertarian wing wants to crack down on abuses of Americans' privacy …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid to allow amendments to surveillance reform bill
Discussion: Politico
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New York Times:
With Midterms Over, Voter ID Law Effects Get Close Look
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
White House Plays Coy on Possible Keystone Veto
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Rebecca Leber / The New Republic:
Mitch “I'm Not a Scientist” McConnell Suddenly Believes in Science
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Moody / CNN:
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Daily Mail:
‘Orange Is the New Black’ actress breaks down in interview as she recounts the day her parents …
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
Why did Asian vote dip for Dems?
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
King aims to extend footprint as kingmaker
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats press Obama to wait on immigration executive action
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Why is Obama ignoring the experts on illegal immigration?