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Congress: Piecemeal on immigration?

President Obama says he could accept a piecemeal approach on immigration. He said, per the Wall Street Journal: "If they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don't care what it looks like. What we don't want to do is simply carve out one piece of it...but leave behind some of the tougher stuff that still needs to get done." (H/T: PoliticalWire.)

More: Wall Street Journal: "President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would accept a piecemeal approach to overhauling the immigration system, a move aimed at jump-starting a moribund process that reflects the realities of a divided Congress. Mr. Obama has long favored the sweeping immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, but the House has made clear it wouldn't consider that measure. In a wide-ranging interview before business executives at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, the president said he is amenable to House Republicans' taking up elements of the Senate bill, as long as the end result is the same."

First-term Florida Rep. Trey Radel was arrested for cocaine possession Oct. 29. NBC’s Michael O’Brien: “A former actor, comedian and conservative media personality, Radel was elected last fall from a district in south Florida. He's spoken openly about his interest in making the Republican Party seem ‘cool’ to a younger generation, calling himself a ‘hip hop conservative.’”

Radel, who replaced ex-Rep. Connie Mack (R) who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate, was elected with 62% of the vote from his Fort Myers, Naples 19th district. Romney won his district with 61% and has a Cook PVI of R+12.

National Journal headline: Radel “Shows Canada That the U.S. Still Has It.”

Politico: "In the end, one man will control whether the Senate attempts to fix Obamacare after its messy debut: Harry Reid. But the Senate majority leader isn’t ready to act just yet. Reid and his leadership team are assessing how Obama’s proposed administrative fix to allow individuals to keep canceled insurance plans for one year plays in GOP-friendly states like Louisiana, Arkansas and North Carolina — where key Democratic incumbents are up for reelection next year, leadership aides said. The hope is that the fix may blunt a recent nose dive in public approval of Obamacare."

The Hill: "President Obama’s relationship with congressional Democrats has worsened to an unprecedented low, Democratic aides say. They are letting it be known that House and Senate Democrats are increasingly frustrated, bitter and angry with the White House over ObamaCare’s botched rollout, and that the president’s mea culpa in a news conference last week failed to soothe any ill will."

New York Times: Reid "is prepared to move forward with a vote that could severely limit the minority party’s ability to filibuster presidential nominees, possibly as early as this week, Democrats said Tuesday. Exasperated with the refusal of Senate Republicans to confirm many of President Obama’s nominees, Mr. Reid has been speaking individually with members of his caucus to gauge whether there is enough support to change filibuster rules."

Roll Call: Reid "gave a high-profile boost to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday by supporting her legislation to remove the prosecution of serious crimes in the military from the chain of command....But Reid’s backing alone does not appear to be enough to push the New York Democrat’s amendment, which could receive a vote as soon as Wednesday, over the 60-vote threshold. Reid’s position reflects the majority of his rank-and-file Democrats, who prefer Gillibrand’s measure to the Senate Armed Services Committee’s base text. The committee text includes major changes that Gillibrand and her allies say do not go far enough to protect victims of violent crime and sexual assault, or encourage them to report attacks."