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12:30 PM ET, November 19, 2014

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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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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.
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 …
Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg Politics:
Louisiana's Landrieu Silent at Almost 70% of Energy Hearings
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and Reuters
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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Following 2014 Drubbing, Democrats Fret Things Could Get Worse
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and US News
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
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ready for Hillary begins to wind down  —  Some Obama advisers have publicly questioned the utility for Clinton, who is still formulating a message for a likely candidacy, in having an apparatus bearing her name so early in the cycle.  —  Eventually, Ready for Hillary and another pro-Clinton entity …
Discussion: New York Times
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Mike Allen / Politico:
20 Republican wannabes to watch
Discussion: National Review
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ready for Hillary begins to wind down
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
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 …
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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.
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John Harwood / CNBC:
Obama to announce immigration order in Las Vegas on Friday  —  Obama to announce immigration order: Report  —  CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports President Obama will announce an immigration order on Friday.  Jim Cramer discusses what this means for housing.
Discussion: CBS DC
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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Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Democrats Fume in Caucus as Duckworth Denied Vote
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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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: Political Wire and Bloomberg View
Daniel Newhauser / National Journal:
House Republicans Just Picked 21 Committee Chairs.  20 Are Men.  —  Roster of chairmen is almost entirely white men, with Candice Miller staying on atop House Administration panel.  —  House Republicans have selected white men to chair all but one of their standing committees next year.
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 …
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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH huddles ahead of Ferguson outcome  —  The White House is bracing for potentially violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., as a grand jury decision appears imminent on whether to indict the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Jason Carter on a potential comeback: 'I'm not ruling it out.'
Discussion: OnPolitics and Political Wire
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
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
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
The Hill:
White House prepares activists for Obama's immigration order
Discussion: Washington Post and The PJ Tatler
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
 Earlier Items: 
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
K Street to cash in on GOP ties
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Oops! New York Times Accidentally Publishes Unedited Keystone Story
Discussion: New York Times
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