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6:15 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.
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 …
Katie Pavlich /
Liberal Law Professor Jonathan Turley: Obama's Executive Amnesty Threat 'Tears at Very Fabric of The Constitution"
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.) …
New York Times:
Louisiana Senate Seat Is Real Reward in Keystone Pipeline Vote
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Washington Post
Keystone XL pipeline supporters scramble for Senate votes
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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 …
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
On Obamacare, the G.O.P. Lays a Trap for Itself
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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 …
Aaron Sharockman / PolitiFact:
Jonathan Gruber mentions on TV: Fox News 779, MSNBC 79
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Wait!  Wait!  —  I've already used the “Waiting For Godot” …
New York Times:
Israel on Edge After Five Are Killed in Attack on 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.
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 …
The Times of Israel:
Israel to relax gun laws following synagogue attack
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Democrats lash out at Pelosi  —  House members go on the record with rare open criticism of their leader.  —  The discontent with Nancy Pelosi is breaking out in the open.  —  Democrats in the House have quietly grumbled about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day …
GOP seeks creative ways to avert a shutdown
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 …
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
House Approps Chairman Proposes Canceling Amnesty Funds Next Year
Discussion: National Review
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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
Chris Moody / CNN:
GOP officials deny knowing about coded Twitter accounts
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Send Mixed Messages on Immigration Timing
 Earlier Items: 
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
Daily Mail:
‘Orange Is the New Black’ actress breaks down in interview as she recounts the day her parents …
The Hill:
Why did Asian vote dip for Dems?