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7:40 PM ET, November 18, 2014

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New York Times:
Senate Narrowly Defeats Keystone XL Pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday defeated a bill, 59 to 41, that would have approved the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rebuffing a Democratic colleague, Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, who had hoped to muscle …
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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.) …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Keystone bill dies in the Senate — for now  —  Washington (CNN) — The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an old friend — embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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: 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
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 …
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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
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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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
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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
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
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Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Rep. John Lewis Calls for ‘Massive, Non-Violent Protests’ Nationwide if Wilson Isn't Indicted
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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