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The Best Rob Ford Video Yet and an Awkward Cheney Thanksgiving—THE EDGE Brought to You By Philips

November 18, 2013

By Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) and Laura Ryan (

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Rob Ford knocked over a Toronto City Council member during a public meeting today, and like all things Ford, it got caught on video. In Washington, the Senate nomination battle is about to get more intense as Republicans prepare to block another of Obama's judicial picks. And continued Democratic hand-wringing over Obamacare suggests that Harry Reid and other party leaders face a tough task to keep the caucus from splintering. Elsewhere, the Cheney family erupted into a feud over gay marriage, forcing Dick to pick a side during a public spat between his daughters.


ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER INSANE ROB FORD STORY: This time the Toronto mayor knocks over an official during a City Council meeting. Lucky for all of us, the whole thing was caught on video. (NJ)

GOP EXPECTED TO BLOCK WILKINS NOMINATION: The Senate should vote tonight on Robert Wilkins's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which just about everyone expects the GOP will block. Yet another filibuster fight in Congress is shaping up—just in time for the holidays. (Burgess Everett, Politico)

CHENEY FAMILY FEUD FORCES FATHER TO PLAY REFEREE: This is going to make for an awkward Thanksgiving family reunion. Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney is running her campaign with an anti-gay-marriage plank despite her sister, Mary, being openly gay. After Mary took to Facebook to condemn Liz's views for being "on the wrong side of history," parents Dick and Lynne released a statement today defending Liz as always being steadfast in her position. (Aaron Blake, WaPo)

COULD DEMS TURN ON OBAMACARE? If the federal exchange website—and, by extension, the law—doesn't start getting its act together soon, Democrats could start defecting en masse in an act of self-preservation. Depending on how many Dems entertain the idea of breaking from the president and party leadership and how soon, such a revolt could spell the end of Obamacare as we know it. (Josh Kraushaar, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Obama, Pritzker, and Lew are expected todeliver remarks at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council annual meeting. Biden is in Panama to meet with President Martinelli. Kerry will meet with Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan IV of Britain at the State Department. The House and Senate are in session.


BILLIONAIRE BREAKDOWN: An interactive graphic sorts the world's billionaires by age, location, industry, and more (Ben Blatt and Nicholas Duchesne, Slate)

CHINA AND BITCOIN'S LOVE AFFAIR: How long will Beijing tolerate the digital currency designed to slip under the government's radar? (Peter Marber, Quartz)

SAME OLD SONG: Obama and Co. are plagued by incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability.(Ron Fournier, NJ)

FAMILY FEUD: Dick Cheney comes out in favor of Team Liz in the sibling spat over gay marriage. (Katie Glueck and Josh Hohmann, Politico)


CONGRESS'S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET: The reason why "the grand bargain" will never work is that neither side actually wants to take the actions they are demanding. (Jackie Calmes, NYT)

LOOK MA, NO HANDS! The driverless car may finally be here. (Burkhard Bilger, New Yorker)

DUKAKIS AND THE TANK: The real story behind the worst campaign photo op ever. (Josh King, Politico Magazine)

WHY ROB FORD HAPPENED: How did this disastrous mayor befall the orderly and prosperous city of Toronto? (David Sax, BusinessWeek)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Obama suffers from "presidential depression," SNL investigates the side effects of smoking crack, and why John Boehner is the Eeyore of Congress.(Reena Flores, NJ)