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2:55 PM ET, November 19, 2012

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Michael Hainey / GQ:
All Eyez on Him  —  The junior senator from Florida had a heck of an election year: Short-listed for VP.  Wrote a memoir of his Cuban heritage.  Gave a tough, moving convention speech—maybe the best of its kind since Obama's.  Michael Hainey talks to Marco Rubio about growing up in the shadow of Castro …
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Talking Points Memo:
Rubio Declines To Say How Old Earth Is: 'I'm Not A Scientist, Man'  —  GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?  —  Marco Rubio: I'm not a scientist, man.  I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians …
David Weigel / Slate:
Marco Rubio Drops Some Science About the Age of the Earth
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
CNN Poll: 57% of Americans say Israeli attacks in Gaza are justified  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans say that Israel's current military strikes against Gaza are justified, according to a new national survey.  —  A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates that 57% …
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New York Times:
Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Invade Amid Gaza Airstrikes  —  GAZA CITY — The top leader of Hamas dared Israel on Monday to launch a ground invasion of Gaza and dismissed diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the six-day-old conflict, as the Israeli military conducted a new wave …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
BLOGGERS SPOT MORE DEAD CHILD FAKERY BY HAMAS; CNN FOOLED
New York Times:
Gaza Clash Escalates With Deadliest Israeli Strike
Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
‘Israel halted Gaza invasion to give talks more time’
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Katie Glueck / Reuters:
Jane Harman: Cease-fire possible today
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Twinkie Manifesto  —  The Twinkie, it turns out, was introduced way back in 1930.  In our memories, however, the iconic snack will forever be identified with the 1950s, when Hostess popularized the brand by sponsoring “The Howdy Doody Show.”  And the demise of Hostess has unleashed …
Wall Street Journal:
Investment Falls Off a Cliff  —  U.S. Companies Cut Spending Plans Amid Fiscal and Economic Uncertainty  —  U.S. companies are scaling back investment plans at the fastest pace since the recession, signaling more trouble for the economic recovery.  —  Half of the nation's 40 biggest …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Republicans at a crossroads  —  LAS VEGAS — Republican governors are torn between essentially staying the course in the wake of Mitt Romney's loss and a more proactive strategy aimed at radically shaking up their party in an effort to reach out to young and minority voters.
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Changed CIA Talking Points  —  Senior Republican members of Congress confirmed Sunday that the Obama administration changed CIA guidance to senior officials that had identified the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi as an al Qaeda attack.  —  “The intelligence community had it right …
Discussion: Fox News and TIME
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msnbc.com:
November 18: Dianne Feinstein, Mike Rogers, Lindsey Graham, Raul Labrador, Tom Friedman …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Andrew Cuomo, fake Democrat  —  New York's governor might lead his party in 2016.  So why won't he fight for a state Senate majority they earned?  —  If the New York state Senate remains controlled by the Republican Party, it won't be because of the voters.  Democrats have 30 seats, with 32 required for a majority.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GOP 12
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama Repeatedly Mispronounces Aung San Suu Kyi  —  During his stop in Burma earlier today, President Obama repeatedly mispronounced the name of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and former political prisoner who has led the struggle for a free and democratic Burma.  —  From the Associated Press:
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Associated Press:
WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: OBAMA DRAWS CROWD IN YANGON
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:   Obama Extends ‘Hand of Friendship’ to Myanmar in Historic Visit
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Paul Ryan Emerges as Power Broker in Fiscal Talks  —  WASHINGTON — Gone is the private jet and the motorcade that swept him from the tarmac to the private hotel entrances.  His security staff has been reduced to a few Capitol Police officers, soon to fade away.
Reuters:
Florida's West to fight defeat in House race  —  (Reuters) - Tea Party-backed Republican Congressman Allen West said he was still not ready to concede defeat on Sunday, almost two weeks after the November 6 election, when the clock ran out on a partial recount in South Florida.
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Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Treasury Secretary Geithner: Lift Debt Limit to Infinity  —  (CNSNews.com) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday that Congress should stop placing legal limits on the amount of money the government can borrow and effectively lift the debt limit to infinity.
Washington Examiner:
Can conservatives prevent the U.S. from becoming California? … As bad as last Tuesday night was for the national Republican Party, it was far, far worse for the California Republican Party.  Not only did Golden State Democrats maintain control of every statewide elected office …
Discussion: Marathon Pundit
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?  —  Campaign Spot reader Michael writes in, having examined the claim of the missing Republican voters — the drop off from McCain's 2008 total to Romney's 2012.  Immediately after the election, many were left incredulous in response …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Vox Popoli
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Members of Congress Implore Feds To Back Down On Marijuana Prosecution  —  In light of the marijuana legalization measures passed in Washington and Colorado, 18 members of Congress are asking the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration not to take enforcement action …
Discussion: Hit & Run
 
 
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
David Rubenstein: Congress reminds me of pandas
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Wall Street Journal:
Capretta and Levin: Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing
Discussion: Power Line and The Hill
Pilita Clark / Financial Times:
World Bank chief makes climate change plea
Discussion: Firedoglake
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich / Jerusalem Post:
Israel's hospitals continue to treat Gazan patients
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The Times of Israel:
Top ministers convene to discuss possible ceasefire with Hamas
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Black support for gay marriage growing
Discussion: Firedoglake
ABCNEWS:
Twinkies May Have Life After Hostess
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and ABCNEWS
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: At Washington Post, Katharine Weymouth Struggles for Surer Footing
Mark Duell / Daily Mail:
From wedding dress to suicide vest: How Russian Islamic convert kissed her daughter goodbye …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP plots to prevent more Todd Akins
New York Times:
As Coasts Rebuild and U.S. Pays, Repeatedly, the Critics Ask Why
 

 
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