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11:45 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.
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, 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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Following 2014 Drubbing, Democrats Fret Things Could Get Worse
Discussion: 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.) …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republican wall crushes NSA bill
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   McConnell looks to create super PAC dedicated to GOP Senate
“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 …
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Democrats Fume in Caucus as Duckworth Denied Vote  —  House Democrats are continuing to criticize Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's refusal to allow Rep. Tammy Duckworth — a double amputee Iraq War veteran whose pregnancy has made her unable to travel — to vote by proxy in leadership elections this week.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem anger flares over pregnant lawmaker
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
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
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 …
Aaron Sharockman / PolitiFact:
Jonathan Gruber mentions on TV: Fox News 779, MSNBC 79
Discussion: Mediaite, ThinkProgress and The Dish
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 …
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Jason Carter on a potential comeback: 'I'm not ruling it out.'  —  If you expected Jason Carter to brood after this month's stinging election defeat, you'd be disappointed.  —  Two weeks after his loss to Gov. Nathan Deal, the Atlanta state senator talked of building upon the network …
Discussion: Political Wire and OnPolitics
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
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
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.
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Mike Allen / Politico:
20 Republican wannabes to watch
Discussion: National Review
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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