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5:15 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  —  Steve Pope.  —  GQ asks Marco Rubio how old the earth is.  Rubio's instantly meme'd answer is worth drinking in fully. … How can you read that and not think “Iowa”?  We don't have a ton of polling on this topic …
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
Journalism.org:
THE FINAL DAYS OF THE MEDIA CAMPAIGN 2012  —  OBAMA ENJOYS SURGE IN POSITIVE COVERAGE THE LAST WEEK OF THE RACE; ATTENTION TO ROMNEY DROPS  —  In the final week of the 2012 presidential campaign, Barack Obama enjoyed his most positive run of news coverage in months, according to a new study …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Pew: Fox, MSNBC more extreme in campaign's last week
Discussion: Journalism.org and TVNewser
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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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
97 Republicans sign letter urging Obama to avoid Rice nod for State  —  Nearly 100 House Republicans on Monday called on President Obama not to nominate Susan Rice as Secretary of State.  —  In a letter to Obama, the 97 Republicans said the credibility of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Sun Capital wants to buy Hostess  —  Hostess may have a buyer.  —  FORTUNE — Private equity firm Sun Capital Partners wants to buy bankrupt bakery Hostess Brands Inc., Fortune has learned.  —  The proposal would be to operate Hostess as a going concern, including reopening …
hrw.org:
Losing Humanity  —  This 50-page report outlines concerns about these fully autonomous weapons, which would inherently lack human qualities that provide legal and non-legal checks on the killing of civilians.  In addition, the obstacles to holding anyone accountable for harm caused by the weapons …
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.
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
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: Chicago Boyz and 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
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
State to widen tuition breaks to include immigrants  —  Young illegal immigrants to qualify for resident tuition once feds halt their deportations  —  You are reading this article for FREE courtesy of BostonGlobe.com.  Get unlimited access.  —  Governor Deval Patrick will direct state colleges …
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Capretta and Levin: Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing  —  The majority of state governors are Republicans, and they have the power to disarm the health-care law.  —  Champions of ObamaCare want Americans to believe that the president's re-election ended the battle over the law.  It did no such thing.
Discussion: The Hill and Power Line
ABCNEWS:
Twinkies May Have Life After Hostess  —  ABC News Linsey Davis and Taylor Behrendt report:  —  Hostess Brands, the maker of the iconic Twinkies snack cakes, may find a buyer when it heads to bankruptcy court today to liquidate the 82-year-old company, the company's CEO says.
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 …
Mark Duell / Daily Mail:
From wedding dress to suicide vest: How Russian Islamic convert kissed her daughter goodbye and blew herself up at cleric's home  —  Brought up as an Orthodox Christian by her mother, Aminat Kurbanova looked a picture of happiness at her wedding nine years ago - marrying the man with whom she had fallen in love at drama school.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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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