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10:00 AM ET, November 19, 2014

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New York Times:
Senate Defeats Bill on Keystone XL Pipeline in Narrow Vote  —  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 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 …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Keystone bill dies in the Senate — for now
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg Politics:
Louisiana's Landrieu Silent at Almost 70% of Energy Hearings
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
New York Times:   Louisiana Senate Seat Is Real Reward in Keystone Pipeline Vote
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Obama's Agenda Threatens to Divide the Democratic Party  —  Hillary Clinton's ability to win the White House in 2016 depends on the president moving to the middle, not playing to his base.  —  President Obama's biggest problem over the next two years may not be coming from recalcitrant Republicans …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Democrats to Obama: You broke the party, now fix it  —  Nancy Pelosi was reelected minority leader.  So was Harry Reid.  Getty  —  Enough, Donna Brazile told White House political director David Simas the day after the midterms.  —  Democrats are in worse shape than when President Barack Obama came …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Following 2014 Drubbing, Democrats Fret Things Could Get Worse
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and US News
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
McConnell looks to create super PAC dedicated to GOP Senate  —  CONGRESS SENATE REPUBLICAN PARTY MITCH MCCONNELL KENTUCKY CAMPAIGN FINANCE 2014 ELECTIONS 2016 ELECTIONS PENNAVE SUPER PACS 2014 MIDTERMS  —  Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring the creation …
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The Hill:
White House prepares activists for Obama's immigration order  —  The White House held calls with activist groups on Tuesday to prepare them for President Obama's executive action on immigration, sources tell The Hill.  —  Administration officials didn't go into detail on what would be included …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid >>:
Senate Democrats In Letter To President Obama: After House GOP Failure To Act, We Fully Support …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Federalist
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
A Walker '16 boom: He looks great — on paper  —  Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisc.  —  The Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016 may be Scott Walker's to lose.  If your response, as it might be, is “Scott Who?” then you're not paying attention yet.  —  I just spent a week among people who are …
Discussion: Associated Press
BuzzFeed:
“God View:” Uber Investigates Its Top New York Executive For Privacy Violations  —  In the wake of a BuzzFeed News story, the transit company is looking into the official's tracking of a journalist's location.  —  BuzzFeed News  —  Uber said Tuesday that it is investigating its top …
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
Why House Republicans Did Even Better Than They Expected  —  When the 114th Congress is sworn in on Jan. 3, House Republicans will boast their largest majority since Herbert Hoover was president.  If all leaders in the yet-to-be-called races hold their leads, Republicans will go from 234 seats to 247 …
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Gruber's Obamacare payday highlights ulterior motives behind ‘do something’ cry  —  WHITE HOUSE OBAMACARE JONATHAN GRUBER  —  For all the cursing of congressional gridlock, one of the greatest sources of Washington's evils may be the bias in favor of doing something.
Jonathan Strong / BREITBART.COM:
GOP Rep. Hal Rogers Floats ‘Rescission’ Plan To Combat Executive Amnesty  —  The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee pitched GOP colleagues on a plan to rescind funding for targeted programs in the next Congress to respond to President Obama's planned executive amnesty, throwing a new idea into a ring already full of them.
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
House Approps Chairman Proposes Canceling Amnesty Funds Next Year
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Woman's Remains Being Tested for Ebola in New York  —  A woman who died of an apparent heart attack at a New York City hair salon on Tuesday will be tested for the Ebola virus out of “an abundance of caution” because she had recently been in West Africa, city health officials said.
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem anger flares over pregnant lawmaker  —  A meeting of House Democrats flared up on Tuesday over the increasingly thorny issue of whether a pregnant member should be allowed to vote from afar in the party's leadership elections this week.  —  Democratic leaders, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taylor Marsh
HAMPTON ROADS NEWS:
NAACP responds to racial school administrator retweet  —  UPDATE: The NAACP sent 13News Now the following statement: … NORFOLK — A retweet has stirred up controversy at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk.  —  The tweet, allegedly sent from the account of a school administrator …
Stephanie McNeal / Fox News:
Key ObamaCare official used threats, ‘tantrums’ to push website launch despite concerns, email claims  —  This Nov. 5, 2013 file photo shows Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP)  —  A key ObamaCare official engaged in a “cruel and uncaring march” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and BizPac Review
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
K Street to cash in on GOP ties  —  A cadre of former congressional staffers on K Street stands to gain influence with the rise of a new crop of GOP chairmen in the Senate.  —  Lobbyists whose stock is about to skyrocket include those with ties to new leadership on the Banking, Finance …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Aaron Sharockman / PolitiFact:
Jonathan Gruber mentions on TV: Fox News 779, MSNBC 79  —  Coverage of a 2013 video showing MIT professor and Obamacare adviser Jonathan Gruber talking about the “stupidity” of American voters has varied greatly by cable network, a review of closed captioning information shows.  —  How varied?
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Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
University of Rhode Island Removes Gruber Video After It Goes Viral
 
 
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Adam Serwer / BuzzFeed:
California AG “Shocked” To Learn Her Office Wanted To Keep Eligible Parolees In Jail To Work
Discussion: Hit & Run
Joshua DuBois / The Daily Beast:
The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She's Indispensable
Discussion: National Review
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Heritage Fellow: Obama Will Use Government ‘Goodies’ To Replace Americans With Latino Immigrants
Catalina Camia / OnPolitics:
Congresswoman on transgender son: I love my child no matter what
Discussion: US News, CBS Miami and FOX News Radio
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Gov. Mike Pence Says He's ‘Ennobling’ Poor People By Cutting Off Food Stamps In Indiana
Discussion: NUVO and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Getting back to basics in the raging debate over deportations
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Critic of Polygraph Tests Accused of Teaching People to Lie to Government
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Donnie Swaggart Says That Gay Rights Activists Would Love To Behead Christians
JONATHAN TURLEY:
TURLEY AGREES TO SERVE AS LEAD COUNSEL FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE