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6:30 PM ET, November 19, 2014


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Josh Earnest / White 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 …
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.
Obama to shield 5 million from deportation
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics and US News
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:   Obama to Announce Executive Actions on Immigration Friday
Sen. Ted Cruz / Politico:
Obama Is Not a Monarch  —  The president cannot act alone; the Constitution requires compromise.  —  The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty for illegal immigrants unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law.
Michael Wolff / USA Today:
Behind the scenes at Uber/BuzzFeed fracas  —  Uber is at the forefront of a vast reordering of ground transportation and how we use cars.  It is also in the middle of many publicity storms.  This is partly due to the stuck-pig resistance of an entrenched and politically savvy taxi industry …
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 …
LA Poll: Cassidy Up Big Over Landrieu  —  Alexandria, VA - A new Louisiana survey released by Vox Populi Polling today found that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Cassidy leads Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu 53 to 42 percent, with 5 percent unsure.  In addition, Cassidy is up big with Independents …
Discussion: Political Wire and Booman Tribune
Kathy Gilsinan / The Atlantic Online:
The Cosby Show  —  Declining to seriously reckon with the rape allegations against him is reckless.  And I was once reckless.  —  On Monday, 66-year old Joan Tarshis accused Bill Cosby of raping her.  Tarshis says the attack took place in 1969, when she was 19 and working as comedy writer:
David Weigel / Bloomberg Politics:
How Jon Stewart Helped Defeat a Key Pelosi Ally  —  A preventable backlash takes down a Californian candidate for a key role.  —  The intra-Democratic battle to lead the party on the House Energy and Commerce Committee was, up to this week, exciting and obscure.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem anger flares over pregnant lawmaker
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and Althouse
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Perry: ‘I was a bit arrogant’  —  BOCA RATON—Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't ready to announce his candidacy for president in 2016; that decision will come in May or June of next year.  But the longest-serving governor in the history of his state said Wednesday that this time, he will be ready if he decides to try again.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Rick Perry: Texas might sue Barack Obama
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kevin OBrien / Associated Press:
Democrats willfully, repeatedly lied to sell Obamacare: Kevin O'Brien  —  Democrats are sprinting, but they can't outrun Jonathan Gruber.  He's a loud, scary tin can tied to their tails.  —  President Barack Obama dismissed him over the weekend as “some adviser who never worked on our staff.”
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 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ready for Hillary begins to wind down
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ready for Hillary begins to wind down
Discussion: New York Times
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Secret Service Arrests Man Outside White House  —  WASHINGTON — The Secret Service arrested an Iowa man outside the White House on Wednesday.  The man, who had a hunting rifle and ammunition in his car, said he had driven to Washington because someone had told him to go to the White House, according to law enforcement officials.
Snow covers 50% of U.S.  —  Are you there?  Share images, if you can safely  —  (CNN) — Snowstorms and record low temperatures whacked much of the country this week — and there's more havoc coming Wednesday.  —  About 50% of the country had snow on the ground Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
USA Today:
At least 7 die as snow, cold pummel East
Discussion: Shakesville
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.) …
Ronald Bailey / Hit & Run:
Senate Votes to Maintain the National Security Surveillance State
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 …
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Warren: American Dream is slipping away
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Legal Panel At Federalist Society Begrudgingly Accepts Obama's Immigration Powers
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics and Daily Kos
Ariel Kaminer / New York Times:
New Factor in Campus Sexual Assault Cases: Counsel for the Accused
Discussion: The Dish
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Did Dubai Do It?  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates …
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
A winning message, but losing candidates
 Earlier Items: 
Azi Paybarah / Capital New York:
Sharpton responds to Times, mentioning de Blasio and Obama
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
The New Republic:
Obama Has the Law—and Reagan—on His Side on Immigration
Discussion: Immigration Reform
Kathy Gilsinan / The Atlantic Online:
Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Jason Carter on a potential comeback: 'I'm not ruling it out.'
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:, Daily Kos and OnPolitics