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OBAMA AGENDA: Keystone -- one vote short

From NBC News: "Senators supporting the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday came up one vote short of securing approval for the controversial project after days of intense lobbying from some of the pipeline’s biggest supporters in the upper chamber. Fourteen Democrats joined all 45 Republican senators in voting for the pipeline, which needed 60 votes to pass. The finally tally was 59-41."

Via the New York Times, a look at Landrieu's pitch: "At the lunch, Ms. Landrieu made an “impassioned plea” that at moments verged on tears, according to a Democrat. Ms. Landrieu, according to the Democrat, focused part of her pitch on how the legislation would help her back home, though at one point she argued that Democrats should send the bill to Mr. Obama’s desk because it would help him politically by giving him something to veto."

Here are the Democrats who voted FOR the Keystone measure: Begich (D-AK), Bennet (D-CO), Carper (D-DE), Casey (D-PA), Donnelly (D-IN), Hagan (D-NC), Heitkamp (D-ND), Landrieu (D-LA), Manchin (D-WV), McCaskill (D-MO), Pryor (D-AR), Tester (D-MT), Walsh (D-MT), Warner (D-VA).

How it played at home:

Times-Picayune: "Landrieu One Vote Short on Keystone"

The Shreveport Times: "Vote on pipeline bill a blow to Landrieu"

The Advocate: Senate narrowly rejects Keystone pipeline bill

Bloomberg: "President Barack Obama plans to grant a reprieve from deportation to undocumented immigrant parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, part of an order that would let 4 million to 5 million people stay in the U.S., according to people familiar with the proposal."

NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell gives a recap of how the issue of executive action on immigration became so heated.

Noted, from the Pew Hispanic Trends Project: "The U.S. unauthorized immigrant population has leveled off nationally after the Great Recession, but state trends have been more volatile. From 2009 to 2012, according to new Pew Research Center estimates, the population of unauthorized immigrants rose in seven states and fell in 14."

The LA Times writes that opponents will have a hard time stopping Obama's executive action push.

CONGRESS: Remember that ISIS authorization vote?

Remember that ISIS authorization vote? The AP notes that there's no real sense of urgency. "Congressional authorization of the U.S. war against Islamic State extremists has gone nowhere in two weeks since President Barack Obama vowed to coordinate with lawmakers on a stronger legal basis for military action, prompting growing frustration with the White House. Republicans and Democrats say the administration isn't prioritizing the effort, having yet to outline what it wants from Congress or to dispatch top officials to testify. As a result, congressional aides say, a new authorization to fight the Islamic State won't happen this year and it's unclear when it may be taken up in 2015."

Republicans - including civil liberties champion Rand Paul - stalled a bill to stop the NSA from collecting Americans' phone records.

As expected, Paul Ryan will be the next head of the Ways and Means committee. Home state paper The Journal Sentinel: "Realizing a longstanding career ambition, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville on Tuesday was selected chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years. His new job will give him a voice on the biggest economic issues facing the country, including taxes, trade, Social Security, health care and social programs."

House Democrats have another leadership fight on their hands -- for the top Veterans' Affairs spot, writes Roll Call.

OFF TO THE RACES: Hillary’s timetable

NBC's Perry Bacon Jr. gives some details on what to expect - and when - from the Hillary Clinton 2016 rollout.

Here’s POLITICO’s 20 (20!) Republicans to watch, ranked by how likely they are to run in 2016.

From the New York Times: "After an Election Day that featured a wave of new voting restrictions across the country, data and details about who cast a ballot are being picked over to see if tighter rules swayed the outcomes of any races or contributed to the lowest voter turnout in 72 years."

Noted: Scott Walker, to the AP: " "My personal process is I have to feel like it's a calling, particularly for the time and the effort and the impact it has on family and friends.” MORE: “Walker, who won re-election to a second term this month in after becoming the nation's first governor to defeat a recall in 2012, said it was "pretty obvious" that running for president is something he should consider.”

Bernie Sanders, to NPR: "I would say if you go out on the street and you talk to people and say, "Which is the party of the American working class?" People would look to you like you were a little bit crazy, they wouldn't know what you were talking about, and they certainly wouldn't identify the Democrats."

ARIZONA: The latest in the Barber-McSally election: “Lawyers for U.S. Rep. Ron Barber asked Pima County on Tuesday to delay finalizing the canvass of the Nov. 4 election, with the campaign saying it had sworn statements from 132 voters that they were disenfranchised by poll-worker errors. Pima County rejected the request and finalized the canvass of votes at midday Tuesday. Barber, a Democrat, is locked in one of the closest elections in Arizona history with Republican challenger Martha McSally, whose lead in the race is a minuscule 161 votes out of more than 219,000 cast. If nothing changes, the race will head to Arizona's first-ever general-election recount for Congress.”

LOUISIANA: More on Keystone, from the Times-Picayune: "Some viewed the vote as a last-ditch chance for Democrat Landrieu to close a gap with the favorite to win the run off -- Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge. And Republicans were quick to say the defeat showed that Landrieu clout falls far short of what she's been telling voters. But Senate Democrats, even some who voted against the pipeline bill, said it showed a senator willing to fight her heart out for a project she believes would help her state and its major industry, oil and gas, even against long odds."

And some WSJ realtalk: "There was little evidence that passing the bill could have carried Ms. Landrieu to victory in the Dec. 6 vote, which was triggered when no candidate won more than 50% of the vote in Nov. 4 balloting."

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio will campaign for Bill Cassidy this weekend.

TEXAS: The Texas Tribune: "The special prosecutor pressing criminal charges against Gov. Rick Perry will not be disqualified from the case over questions around the oath of office he took. A judge ruled Tuesday that the prosecutor was properly sworn into office."


*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) on the Keystone vote that failed in the Senate; and USA Today’s Entertainment reporter Arienne Thompson on the Cosby allegations.

*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Diane Foley, the mother of slain journalist James Foley, Sen. Robert Menendez, Fmr. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Autism Speaks Founders Bob and Suzanne Wright, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Bloomberg Deputy Managing Editor Jeanne Cummings, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt and NBC’s Bill Neely.

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