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2:40 PM ET, November 19, 2014

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Josh Earnest / White House.gov Blog:
Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform  —  Post by The White House.  —  Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right …
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Washington Post:
President Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday  —  This post has been updated.  —  President Obama will announce Thursday that he will use his executive authority to expand temporary protections to millions of undocumented immigrants, according to several individuals who have been briefed on the decision.
New York Times:
Obama's Executive Order on Immigration Is Unlikely to Include Health Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — Millions of undocumented immigrants who are set to be granted a form of legal status by President Obama as early as this week will not receive one key benefit: government subsidies for health care available under the Affordable Care Act.
CNN:
Immigration announcement Thursday  —  Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama will unveil his long-awaited immigration plan Thursday evening, changing rules governing deportations that could affect millions of undocumented immigrants and setting off an explosive battle with Republicans.
The Hill:
White House prepares activists for Obama's immigration order
Discussion: Washington Post and The PJ Tatler
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 …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ready for Hillary begins to wind down
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Following 2014 Drubbing, Democrats Fret Things Could Get Worse
Discussion: US News
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Liberal ‘hell no’ caucus rises  —  The defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate marked a major show of muscle for next year's new hell-no caucus: liberals.  —  Liberal Senate Democrats united to block the controversial project, even though their imperiled Democratic colleague Mary Landrieu …
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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 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ready for Hillary begins to wind down
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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David Weigel / Bloomberg Politics:
How Jon Stewart Helped Defeat a Key Pelosi Ally
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Democrats Fume in Caucus as Duckworth Denied Vote
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
Libertarian Champion Rand Paul Helped Kill NSA Reform Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Rand Paul, a leader of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party, helped kill a bill meant to rein in the National Security Agency.  Huh?  —  The USA Freedom Act, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) …
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
McConnell looks to create super PAC dedicated to GOP Senate
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Johana Bhuiyan / 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 …
Kathy Gilsinan / The Atlantic Online:
Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools  —  A U.S. Department of Education press release last month had a disorienting, retro ring to it: “Black students to be afforded equal access to advanced, higher-level learning opportunities,” the announcement proclaimed—six decades …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Keystone XL: Mary Landrieu's final indignity  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has participated in a keg stand.  She has run this desperate ad.  She lost an energy committee chairmanship that she often touted, when the GOP took the Senate on Nov. 4.  She has clashed — in front of reporters — with a leader of her party.
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New York Times:
Senate Defeats Bill on Keystone XL Pipeline in Narrow Vote
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Major media mostly giving Gruber ‘stupidity’ videos the silent treatment  —  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)  —  OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE MEDIA JONATHAN GRUBER MEDIA DESK  —  Half a dozen videos have exploded online showing Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber calling the American people stupid …
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite, CBS DC and PolitiFact
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Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
This Gruber-gate supercut video is positively enraging
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 …
Azi Paybarah / Capital New York:
Sharpton responds to Times, mentioning de Blasio and Obama  —  The Rev. Al Sharpton said a front-page New York Times report saying that he and his nonprofit organization owed more than $4 million in state and federal taxes was “misleading and totally out of context,” and told reporters his organization actually owed about $800,000.
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
 
 
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH huddles ahead of Ferguson outcome
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Jason Carter on a potential comeback: 'I'm not ruling it out.'
Discussion: OnPolitics and Political Wire
Mike Allen / Politico:
20 Republican wannabes to watch
Discussion: National Review
Daniel Newhauser / National Journal:
House Republicans Just Picked 21 Committee Chairs. 20 Are Men.
Discussion: msnbc.com and OnPolitics
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Ryan gets prized gavel on taxes
Discussion: Hot Air
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Woman's Remains Being Tested for Ebola in New York
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 Earlier Items: 
Adam Serwer / BuzzFeed:
California AG “Shocked” To Learn Her Office Wanted To Keep Eligible Parolees In Jail To Work
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hit & Run
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Gruber's Obamacare payday highlights ulterior motives behind ‘do something’ cry
Joshua DuBois / The Daily Beast:
The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She's Indispensable
Discussion: National Review
Stephanie McNeal / Fox News:
Key ObamaCare official used threats, ‘tantrums’ to push website launch despite concerns, email claims
Discussion: The Daily Caller and BizPac Review
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
K Street to cash in on GOP ties
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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