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11:40 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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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 …
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 and Washington Post
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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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republican wall crushes NSA bill
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   McConnell looks to create super PAC dedicated to GOP Senate
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: US News
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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Nairi / Uber Blog:
UBER'S DATA PRIVACY POLICY  —  We wanted to take a moment to make very clear our policy on data privacy, which is fundamental to our commitment to both riders and drivers.  Uber has a strict policy prohibiting all employees at every level from accessing a rider or driver's data.
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: Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
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Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Democrats Fume in Caucus as Duckworth Denied Vote
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
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
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 …
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
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.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Ryan gets prized gavel on taxes  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the House GOP's lead budget guru, was selected as the next chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.  —  Ryan was long seen as the favorite to replace the current Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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Adam Serwer / BuzzFeed:
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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
K Street to cash in on GOP ties
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David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
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Discussion: NUVO and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Getting back to basics in the raging debate over deportations
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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