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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. McCain calls for Bill Clinton to lead Israel-Palestinian talks  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested on Sunday that President Obama should send former President Bill Clinton to lead cease fire talks between Israelis and Palestinians.  —  “We need a person of enormous prestige …
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Gilad Sharon / Jerusalem Post:
A decisive conclusion is necessary  —  There is no middle path here - either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip.  —  Anyone who thinks Hamas is going to beg for a cease-fire, that Operation Pillar of Defense will draw to a close …
Discussion: The Agonist and Haaretz
New York Times:
Gaza Violence Is Unabating as Outsiders Push for a Truce  —  GAZA CITY — Israeli forces killed at least 11 people, including several children, in a single airstrike that destroyed a home here on Sunday, as Israel pressed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip for a fifth day …
Haaretz:
LIVE BLOG: Day 5 of Israel's Gaza offensive  —  Two Israelis moderately wounded in rocket attack on Ofakim; ten Palestinians killed in IDF attack, raising death toll to 65; AP: Israeli envoy landed in Cairo for cease-fire talks.  —  Israeli soldiers watch as an Iron Dome launcher fires …
Associated Press:
OBAMA: ISRAEL HAS RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF  —  BANGKOK (AP) — President Barack Obama says Israel has a right to defend itself from missiles being aimed at the country by militants in the Gaza Strip.  —  Obama says “no country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down” …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Allen West falls further behind  —  Florida Rep. Allen West's reelection prospects grew dimmer Sunday, as a recount of early ballots showed him falling further behind his Democratic opponent.  —  Democrat Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old construction company executive, gained 242 votes …
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Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Murphy claims victory after recount deadline, West weighs challenge  —  Democrat Patrick Murphy's campaign is claiming victory in his race to unseat GOP Rep. Allen West (Fla.) on Sunday after a deadline for certifying results passed and a partial recount added votes to the challenger's lead.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Top Republicans Excoriate Romney On Sunday Talk Shows  —  If Mitt Romney has any friends left in the Republican Party, they're in hiding.  —  On the Sunday talk shows, senior Republicans, former Romney surrogates and prominent conservatives piled on their defeated presidential nominee …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Graham to Romney: 'When you're in a hole, stop digging'
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Lieberman Breaks With McCain, Graham On Libya Investigation: ‘I Respectfully Separate From My Two Amigos’  —  Today on Fox News Sunday, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said they did not think the U.S. Senate should create a special committee to investigate the deaths …
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lieberman splits from ‘my 2 amigos’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. Chambliss: Rice needs to share what ‘White House directed her to say’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
McCain Refuses To Support Any Secretary Of State Nominee  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has not hesitated to voice his distaste towards U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, who may be nominated to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  On Face the Nation Sunday morning …
Pedro Oliveira Jr / New York Post:
White House denies terror delete  —  The White House yesterday denied it edited talking points about the terrorist attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya — contradicting remarks made a day earlier by disgraced ex-CIA chief David Petraeus.  —  “The only edit that was made by the White House …
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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Congress to Investigate Benghazi ‘Talking Points’
Discussion: Politico
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Liberal Gloat  —  WINNING an election doesn't just offer the chance to govern the country.  It offers a chance to feel morally and intellectually superior to the party you've just beaten.  This is an inescapable aspect of democratic culture: no matter what reason tells us about the vagaries of politics …
Charlotte Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Hey GOP, take the Palin cure  —  She's hot, she's blue collar, she's electable.  —  Is Sarah Palin the new Ronald Reagan?  (Jon C. Hancock / Associated Press )  —  The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
House Republicans: Copyright Law Destroys Markets; It's Time For Real Reform  —  Update: Wow.  It took less than 24 hours for the RSC to fold to Hollywood pressure.  They have now retracted the report and attempted to claim that it was not properly vetted.
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama arrives in Thailand, defends Burma visit
Discussion: CNN and Pirate's Cove
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Transition Chief Is Encouraging States To Implement Obamacare
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Politico
Guardian:
56% of Britons would vote to quit EU in referendum, poll finds
Discussion: Spectator
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
VIEWPOINT: Republicans Lost Because Voters Rejected Their Economic Vision
Discussion: The Raw Story