Morning News Digest: November 18th

Some key events at the League of Municipalities Conference in AC

Let’s take a quick look now at those cocktail receptions and parties on the schedule this week at the annual League of Municipalities Conference. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Obama’s potential immigration plan could enter uncharted territory

President Obama’s expected action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants, which could come as early as this week, will expand the authority of the executive branch into murky, uncharted territory. (Tumulty, Zezima/The Washington Post)




Mo. Governor declares state of emergency in expectation of more Ferguson unrest

FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency on Monday and the FBI issued a bulletin warning of likely violence across the country as a St. Louis County grand jury concludes its investigation of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. (Lowery/The Washington Post)




Christie plans trip to Canada

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to embark next month on a two-day trip to Canada, a destination that points to the Republican governor’s broader policy thinking as he weighs a run for the presidency in 2016. (Haddon/The Wall Street Journal)




The ridiculousness of Hillary Clinton’s expand-the-map strategy in 2016

Talking Points Memo’s Dylan Scott interviewed Mitch Stewart, the former battleground states director of President Obama’s reelection campaign and now a member of the Hillary Clinton campaign-in-waiting known as “Ready for Hillary,” about how the 2016 electoral map could be expanded in Democrats’ favor if the former secretary of state is, as expected, the party’s presidential nominee. (Cillizza/The Washington Post)




Ready for the inevitable? Why the hubris of Hillary Clinton backers should make Dems nervous

As we saw in this Monday morning’s disturbing and all too predictable CNN report on the clever tricks Republican operatives used to sidestep laws barring them from working with super PACs, there’s still plenty about what happened during the 2014 midterms that we don’t know. But looking forward (not backward) has become all the rage in American politics in recent years, and thus is the conversation moving briskly ahead to 2016 and the question of whether President Hillary Clinton is not “if” but “when. (Isquith/Salon)




Will Hillary Clinton be more accessible to voters in 2016?

Not long ago Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, invited a political reporter to ride in the backseat of an old Volvo as he made a few stops around Keene State College in New Hampshire. (Nicholas/The Wall Street Journal)




Scott Walker talks presidential run, takes shot at Hillary Clinton’s age

(CNN) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he feels no pressure to run for president at 47 because a certain political rival of his is toying with the idea well into her 60s. (Fischer)




Court upholds complaint by Garfield Police union against chief

Garfield’s police chief should not have kicked a member of the police union out of the room and threatened to fire him during a closed-door meeting, an appeals court affirmed on Monday. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)




Malloy doesn’t see Connecticut expanding gambling

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday he won’t play a “lead role” in any legislation to expand gaming to include a slots parlor near I-91 between Hartford and Springfield. (Sturdevant/The Hartford Courant)




Jim Webb vs. ‘humanitarian intervention’ (and the clock)

If the advantage of being a front-runner is getting the rest of the world to adapt to your time, the curse of the dark horse is living by other peoples’ stopped clocks. On Monday morning, after a weekend that saw a substantial press corps descend on Arkansas to cover the Clinton family’s 2016 plans, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb found himself in a Hyatt basement ballroom, waiting to address a Washington meeting of Economists for Peace and Security. And waiting. And waiting. (Weigel/Bloomberg News)




Huckabee encourages ministers, faith leaders

This week, Gov. Mike Huckabee, along with David Lane of the American Renewal Project, hosted a tour with roughly 100 ministers and faith leaders to follow the steps of three world leaders who greatly influenced world history for the better, with the hopes that these leaders would return to America empowered to do likewise. (Blankley/Christian Post)




Analysis: NJ public employees pay high percentage of healthcare costs

Three-and-a-half years ago, the state Pension and Health Benefits Study Commission appointed by Gov. Chris Christie would have had an easy time arguing that public employees should pay more toward their healthcare, as Christie has asserted. (Magyar/NJ Spotlight)




Bon Jovi to receive humanitarian award

Jon Bon Jovi wrote Runaway,” the song that launched his rock-star career, in 1980 as he rode a bus in Manhattan past homeless young runaways near Covenant House, the national organization that aids unmoored youth. (Lubrano/The Philadelphia Inquirer)




Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City will shutter

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The owner of the struggling Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort filed court papers on Friday saying it will close next month, making it the fifth of the city’s 12 casinos to shut down this year. (The Associated Press)




NJ child welfare worker stabbed by client in Camden office, days after police reassigned

Days after the Christie administration pulled police officers out of all of its child welfare offices, a caseworker was attacked by a client with a knife at her office in Camden today, Camden County police and union representatives confirmed. (Livio/NJ Advance Media for Morning News Digest: November 18th