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Chuck Hagel Out at DOD; Jack Reed, Michele Flournoy, Ashton Carter on Short List (Updated)

Updated 10:14 a.m. | President Barack Obama’s getting a new defense secretary.

Roger Wicker Looks for Fast Start at NRSC

Twenty-one Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 filed into the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the morning of Nov. 19 to meet with party strategists about campaign preparations.

Capitol Quip's Thanksgiving Pardon

It’s a short week, so Capitol Quip’s captioning contest is taking a break and wishing a happy Thanksgiving to all with RJ Matson’s take on the annual presidential turkey pardoning ritual.

Elephants Stampede Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Politically Connected Ambassador Nominees to Get Floor Votes

When the Senate returns from Thanksgiving, the first pressing business will be confirming a pair of President Barack Obama’s nominees who might not stand a chance in a Republican-led Senate.

New DCCC Chairman Rides on Air Force One

Four days after being named chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration event.

Who Still Has a BlackBerry?

Thanks to the White House press corps, we might have found the most high-profile person who still has a BlackBerry: Barack Obama.

DSCC Announces 2016 Staff Roster

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on Friday its top staffing decisions for the 2016 cycle.

Parents of 'Dreamers' Need Act of Congress, White House Says

President Barack Obama’s sweeping immigration action leaves millions still at risk of deportation, including one group activists had long hoped the president would protect: the parents of the “Dreamers” he granted relief to two years ago.

House Finally Files Affordable Care Act Lawsuit Against Obama

Four months after the chamber authorized a lawsuit against President Barack Obama — and on the third try with an attorney after the first two lawyers bailed — the GOP-controlled House has formally filed its case, Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday.

Boehner: 'House Will Act' in Response to Obama's Immigration Orders (Video)

Speaker John A. Boehner said “the House will, in fact, act” to respond to President Barack Obama’s sweeping immigration executive orders — but the Ohio Republican offered no details on the type, scale and scope of such action Friday morning.

Freshman Class Filled With Losers

Congress is filled with a bunch of losers, but not exactly in the way you’re thinking.

Obama to Republicans: Don't Shut Down the Government Again (Video)

President Barack Obama’s forceful, emotional speech announcing his immigration executive action had a not-so-subtle message to Republicans: Don’t try and stop me.

Obama Speech Excerpts — Says 'Real Amnesty' is Doing Nothing (Video)

The White House has released speech excerpts President Barack Obama plans to deliver on his executive action on immigration:

Obama Would Veto Any Bill Undoing Immigration Executive Action (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:52 p.m. | President Barack Obama would veto any legislation hatched by Republicans to undo his immigration executive action granting relief to millions, according to a senior administration official.

Senate Democrats Press McDonough on CIA Torture Report

Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee pressed White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Thursday to allow pseudonyms to be released in a summary of a panel report on CIA interrogation abuses.

Obama's Immigration Actions Test Presidential Power

President Barack Obama’s sweeping immigration executive actions will once again test the limits of his legal authority to take action without Congress.

New RSC Chairman: Don't Look for Public Fights With Boehner

Good news for Speaker John A. Boehner: The next Republican Study Committee chairman wants to work with him — and he doesn’t want any public fights.

Senate's 2015 Calendar Features Fuller Weeks, Fewer Breaks

In addition to longer workweeks, it appears the Senate will be in session more frequently in 2015.

Reid: Obama Immigration Executive Action 'Isn't Anything New' (Video)

Don’t expect a novel legal justification from the White House for President Barack Obama’s decision to provide unilateral deportation relief to the undocumented, said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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