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9:30 AM ET, November 20, 2014

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Hadas Gold / Politico:
White House hits TV networks for skipping immigration address  —  The White House is exasperated with the major broadcast networks - ABC, CBS and NBC — for skipping out on President Barack Obama's Thursday primetime address on his executive actions on immigration.
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Immigration action is daring test of Obama's power  —  Watch President Obama's immigration speech on CNN tonight at 8 pm ET  —  Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama's plan to take the immigration system in his own hands is a daring test of the limits of presidential power.
Discussion: American Spectator and Daily Kos
The Hill:
Networks won't air Obama speech
Josh Earnest / White House.gov Blog:
Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform
The New / New York Times:
Secret Service Arrests Man Within Block of White House
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.
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama sets off on scorched-earth rampage  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION: … President Obama, fresh off a shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections — in which he made himself a centerpiece, much to the chagrin of embattled Democrats — is about to embark on a scorched-earth rampage that will change the face of America forever.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Rick Perry: Texas might sue Barack Obama
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.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Two-Thirds Say U.S. Is on Wrong Track Post-Midterms: Poll  —  According to the poll, a combined 76 percent of respondents say there will be “just some change” or “not that much change” as a result of the election.  By comparison, just 21 percent say it will result in “a great deal of change” or “quite a bit of change.”
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Faces Skeptical Public on Immigration Action — WSJ/NBC Poll
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Solid South Will Rise Again  —  Democrats have abandoned Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who is in a tough runoff election.  (Tough is the mild way of putting it.  Polls show her down by double digits to her Republican opponent.)  —  Not only has the Democratic Party pulled …
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poppolling.com:
LA Poll: Cassidy Up Big Over Landrieu
Discussion: Hot Air, Firedoglake and Booman Tribune
James Hohmann / Politico:
Scott Walker plots 2016 rollout  —  The Wisconsin governor is putting together the pieces of a campaign.  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, pivoting from his bigger-than-expected reelection win this month, is taking active steps toward a presidential campaign that would launch next summer …
Discussion: JSOnline and Political Wire
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Obama Is About to Commit an Act of Constitutional Infamy  —  The president will present his case on behalf of his forthcoming executive order on amnesty tomorrow at 8 p.m. I certainly hope President Obama addresses the arguments against his action that were repeatedly and passionately made by ... President Obama.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Jim Webb launches 2016 committee  —  Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became the first well-known Democrat to launch an exploratory committee to run for president on Wednesday night, saying the nation is at a “serious crossroads.”  —  “I have decided to launch an Exploratory Committee …
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:
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Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
GOP Governors Mostly Hostile on Obama Immigration Executive Action … Potential Republican presidential candidates at the Republican Governors Association annual conference gave very different responses to the president's decision to announce major executive action on immigration reform Thursday.
Discussion: Politico
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Warren Torches GOP On Economy: We Tried It, It Was ‘Nearly Catastrophic’  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) went straight after Republicans, blasting the GOP on deregulation and trickle down economics during a Center for American Progress event on Wednesday.  —  “The Republicans …
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Warren: American Dream is slipping away
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Bachmann: Obama turning ‘illiterate’ immigrants into Democratic voters  —  In a sign of the difficulties GOP leaders face in keeping their unruly caucus on-message, retiring tea party firebrand Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Wednesday that the immigrants given new protections by the president …
New York Times:
At Long Last, Immigration Action  —  President Obama says he will speak to the nation on Thursday night about making major changes to immigration policy, including shielding several million unauthorized immigrants from deportation.  He intends to do this under executive authority, because he has given up waiting for Congress to act.
ABC News:
Entertainment Icon Mike Nichols Has Died at Age 83  —  Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 83.  —  Nichols' death was announced in a statement by ABC News President James Goldston.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Chris Christie Is Back  —  Credit: Tobias Hutzler for The New York Times  —  “If I fix this, you have to start the story with it,” Chris Christie told me, yanking the string of the venetian blind in the diner window.  We were eating a late lunch at a place called Howley's …
Discussion: Political Wire
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Obama wears GOP criticism as ‘a badge of honor’  —  President Obama wears criticism of his immigration executive action “with a badge of honor,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on the eve of the announcement of reform plans.  —  “We've heard this kind of rhetoric …
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Column A Bernie Sanders candidacy could help Hillary Clinton
Discussion: RedState
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Americans of All Stripes Agree: The System Is Stacked Against Them
Discussion: Political Wire
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Pelosi picks Billy Joel over Obama
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
GruberGate's Insider Problem
Discussion: The Federalist
Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Marijuana legalization: Oregon lawmakers will be asked to decide whether to allow local pot taxes
Discussion: Associated Press and Firedoglake
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