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8:15 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.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Two-Thirds Say U.S. Is On Wrong Track Post-Midterms, Poll Shows
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
Obama to shield 5 million from deportation
Discussion: US News and Bloomberg Politics
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
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Rick Perry: Texas might sue Barack Obama  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the Lone Star State might sue Barack Obama's administration over the president's planned executive order to grant relief to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants.
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.
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:
Jonathan Constante / Opposing Views:
Parent Wants Teacher To Stop Wearing Star Of David Necklace, School District Still Allows It  —  Two students in Enola, Pennsylvania, have issued complaints about a necklace worn by their teacher.  —  In 1949, Act 14 (Sect.  1112) prohibited public school teachers from showing any kind of religious symbol or imagery in the classroom.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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
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
Susan Page / USA Today:
GOP senator warns of violence after immigration order  —  WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama's executive order on immigration Thursday.
Discussion: Political Wire and Gretawire
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
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
How Republicans Are Learning to Love the Shutdown  —  Conventional wisdom is malleable, and it appears that conventional wisdom on the wisdom of shutting down the government is shifting, at least within the Republican party.  While the old CW was that it was a terrible idea that Republicans suffered for …
The New / New York Times:
Secret Service Arrests Man Within Block of White House  —  WASHINGTON — The Secret Service arrested an Iowa man outside the White House on Wednesday who had a hunting rifle and ammunition in his car, according to law enforcement officials.  —  The man, Renae Kapheim, 41, of Davenport …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Did Dubai Do It?  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Ever since the Arab awakening in late 2010, America has lurched from one policy response to another.  We tried decapitation without invasion in Libya; it failed.  We tried abdication in Syria; it failed.  We tried democratization in Egypt …
Discussion: The Daily Banter and CANNONFIRE
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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Sarah Posner / Religion Dispatches:
Israel Will be a 2016 Evangelical Litmus Test
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
USA Freedom Act for NSA reform is voted down in the Senate
Lisa Baumann / Associated Press:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Montana Gay Marriage Ban
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
A winning message, but losing candidates
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.'
Daniel Newhauser / National Journal:
House Republicans Just Picked 21 Committee Chairs. 20 Are Men.
Discussion:, Daily Kos and OnPolitics
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
Why House Republicans Did Even Better Than They Expected