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- "President Obama issued an impassioned call Monday for Congress to pass immigration reform during a visit to San Francisco that -- in true city-by-the-bay fashion -- included everything from a nod to Batkid to an exchange with a protester who pleaded with him to halt all immigrant deportations." (San Francisco Chronicle)
- "In the embrace of loyal supporters at twin Beverly Hills fundraisers" for the DNC and DCCC, Obama "on Monday night defended his troubled healthcare plan and cast his administration as one that has defended 'those ideas that built this country.'" (Los Angeles Times)
- In AR SEN, Rep. Tom Cotton (R) launched a new, Christmas-themed TV ad featuring his mother. (release)
- In SD SEN, "[m]ore than 30 Democratic senators are hosting a fundraiser" for former Daschle aide Rick Weiland (D) next month, but DSCC Chair Michael Bennet is "[n]otably missing from the invitation." (The Hill)
- In WY SEN, activist Liz Cheney's (R) new TV ad features her "three daughters" and "is clearly aimed at moving beyond last week's family drama over gay marriage." (Politico)
- In CA-26, Assemb. Jeff Gorell (R) "announced Monday that he intends to run" against Rep. Julia Brownley (D). Gorell was endorsed by 2012 nominee Tony Strickland (R) -- an endorsement that "indicates" Strickland, who formed a campaign committee earlier this year, "will almost surely run next year in" neighboring CA-25, should Rep. Buck McKeon (R) "decide to retire, as has been widely speculated." (Ventura County Star)
- In NY GOV, a new Quinnipiac University poll of RVs, conducted Nov. 20-24, shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R), 56-25%. (release)
- A new WNBC-TV/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll of RVs, conducted Nov. 18-20, shows Cuomo leading Astorino, 65-23%. (release)
- In OH GOV, a new Quinnipiac University poll of RVs, conducted Nov. 19-24, shows Gov. John Kasich (R) leading Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D), 44-37%. In the previous poll, conducted June 18-23, Kasich led FitzGerald, 47-33%. (release)
- A new CNN/ORC International poll of national RVs, conducted Nov. 18-20, shows Republicans leading the generic ballot, 49-47%. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 18-20, Democrats led the generic ballot, 50-42%. (release)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Kasich is the favorite for reelection, but he's far from a lock. Consider: He won 58% of the white vote in his close 2010 election against Ted Strickland. His job approval rating with white voters today: just 50%. It's a sign that he still faces challenges winning over blue-collar voters, who drifted to Strickland in 2010. It's why he's been so outspoken for Medicaid expansion -- catering to that very underserved population.
• Add another name to the GOP's roster of interesting California House candidates: Gorell has been an outspoken advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- The Florida GOP, along with Collier and Lee County Republicans, are calling for Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) "to resign immediately, saying his arrest on cocaine charges violated the trust of his constituents and party." (Naples Daily News)
- Virginia state Sen. Mark Herring (D) "was certified the winner of a razor-thin attorney general's race" on Monday after the State Board of Elections "concluded its own canvass of the Nov. 5 statewide election" and found Herring ahead of state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) by 165 votes. "Because of the extremely narrow margin, Obenshain could petition for a recount in the hope that another statewide canvass might swing the results in his favor." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- "I cry a lot. I can't focus now and talk to anyone. ... I have very strong opinions about the [Rockbridge Community Services Board], and feel like they are responsible. My life's work now is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living." -- Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D), who "said he has spoken to state police and given them complete access to his medical records and property" following an incident in which his son, Gus, stabbed him before taking his own life. "It was recommended" the younger Deeds "be admitted to a mental health facility" the day before the incident, but "there were no beds available in western Virginia," according to the Rockbridge CSB. (Monterey Recorder)
- "Tea party unscathed in early GOP civil war" (Politico)
- "You want to prevent your race from being about Obamacare. If you enable your race to be about Obamacare, you're making a mistake." -- Democratic pollster Mark Mellman (National Journal)
- "GOP Targets Black Friday Shoppers in States With Critical 2014 Senate Races" (ABC News)
- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) announced Friday that she and her husband delivered their third child, making her the only member of Congress ever to give birth three times while in office. (National Journal)
- "Last year's presidential election was the first in over two decades without a Robin Toner byline, and there were many days on the campaign trail I found myself answering the phone or opening the paper and wishing she was there." -- Obama 2012 deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, honoring the late Robin Toner in a Politico essay as part of their "Women Rule" series
- "Al Gore goes vegan, with little fanfare" (Washington Post)
- "I think New York is sexy. And since I'm the New York governor, that's how they got there." -- Cuomo, on being listed as one of the sexiest men in their 50s (New York Daily News)
- "DFL House federal PAC carries unpayable debt to a dead man" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
- "Yahoo announced on Monday that it had signed the longtime network news star Katie Couric for a new position as the 'global anchor' of its still-formative news operation." (New York Times)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Rain likely with a slight chance of sleet this morning, then rain this afternoon. Rain may be heavy at times this afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. South winds around 5 mph, becoming east this afternoon.
- The National Turkey Federation hosts a "media availability" with the National Thanksgiving Turkey, prior to his Wednesday presentation to the president, joined by his alternate. (Willard InterContinental hotel, 11 a.m.)
- Obama will deliver remarks on the economy as DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, Calif. (12:15 p.m. PT/3:15 p.m. ET)
- The Kobe-less Lakers are in town to take on the Wizards. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
- We're off Wednesday-Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. See you back here next Monday!
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first sitting president to visit Iran. Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter also visited the country. We incorrectly asked for the "only" president to set foot in Iran and regret the error.
- The winner is Frank Szollosi, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "In honor of Sunday night's season finale, name New Jersey's two U.S. senators, including party, when the next season of Boardwalk Empire picks up in 1925." The 1st correct answer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Too Soon to Know If Obama Can Bounce Back
- A Better Obamacare Won't Save Obama
- Overreach on Obamacare? No Way! Republicans Say
- Congressional Vacation Schedule Stymies Budget Negotiations
- Will Obama Pardon This Man (and Many Like Him) or Just a Turkey?
"I take your point to heart." -- New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (D), after former Mayor David Dinkins (D) "opined before a crowd of journalists and academics at Columbia University that ... de Blasio should consider a different approach to funding an expansion of prekindergarten programs." Dinkins's comments came just "moments" after de Blasio "had effusively praised" him. (New York Times)
"Let him go back to New York -- I've already made my plans. The old man had too much wine." -- "Michael Corleone," ("The Godfather: Part II")
Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief