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7:25 AM ET, November 20, 2012

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How The Conservative Media Lost The Election  —  The plan was to unmask Obama.  It didn't work.  —  President Obama's decisive reelection has promised the conservative new media four more years of fodder, but it's also left some of its more earnest participants with a gnawing question: What went wrong?
Discussion: Riehl World News
David Weigel / Slate:
The Rich People Who Don't Know How Tax Rates Work  —  How do you get to be as rich as the people in this New York Times story without ever figuring out how taxes work? … You see these idiots every time a tax hike becomes possible again.  They have no apparent idea how marginal rates work.
Discussion: Mother Jones
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage  —  It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times …
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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David Weigel / Slate:
Marco Rubio Drops Some Science About the Age of the Earth
Reuters:
Hostess, unions agree to mediation  —  Judge pushes parties toward mediation to save more than 18,000 jobs  —  Hostess Brands Inc. agreed in court on Monday to enter private mediation with its lenders and leaders of a striking union to try to avert the liquidation of the maker of Twinkies snack cakes and Wonder Bread.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
California, Home of the Destitute  —  Last spring, my wife and youngest daughter and I spent a week in California.  We were reminded of the extraordinary natural wealth and beauty that were showered on that uniquely blessed state.  For a century or so, guided by brilliant private sector leadership …
Discussion: Daily Mail
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Following Obama's Victory, Wisconsin Governor Proposes New Limits On Voter Registration  —  Two weeks after Barack Obama and Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) carried the state of Wisconsin with the support of minorities and young voters, Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced one of his major policy proposals …
Selcan Hacaoglu / Bloomberg:
Erdogan Calls Israel a Terror State, Sends Minister to Gaza  —  Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a terrorist state because of its offensive in Gaza and said he does not trust the United Nations because it lacks a Muslim voice.  —  Some delegates listening …
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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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Rush Limbaugh:
The GOP Consultant Class Blames Me  —  RUSH: Couple of sound bites.  First, Mike Murphy.  He is a Republican consultant.  He was on Meet the Press yesterday, and among other things, he said this.  —  MURPHY: The biggest problem that Romney had was the Republican primary.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The worst candidate of 2012  —  Running for office has often been compared to walking a tight rope without a net or hosting live television.  If you are good, it shines through.  If you aren't, it, well, shines through.  —  Today we are handing out the Fixy — the coveted political awards that we …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Governors Stonewall Key Obamacare Provision, Inviting Federal Takeover  —  Late last week more than a dozen Republican governors declared that they will not build the insurance market exchanges called for by the Affordable Care Act, including prominent names like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana …
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Wall Street Journal:
Capretta and Levin: Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing
Barbara Starr / CNN:
U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed  —  Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials.
Mike Scarcella / The BLT:
In D.C. Circuit, Judge Calls Use of Acronyms ‘Painful’  —  By now, if lawyers haven't already taken notice, they should: Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit isn't a big fan of abbreviations, including acronyms.  Today, the judge twice questioned the space-saving practice of shortening.
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Israel using Gaza as “warm-up” round for Iran?  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Israel may soon take its airstrikes into Hamas-controlled Gaza to Lebanon, as practice for “a likely war with Iran,” Washington Post defense writer David Ignatius suggested Sunday on “Face the Nation.”
Discussion: msnbc.com
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Let's go over the fiscal cliff  —  Here's an idea for how to start the New Year in a bipartisan fashion: Let's go over the fiscal cliff!  —  Today, the only ones in Washington who advocate fiscal cliff-diving are liberal Democrats.  It's time for conservatives to join them.
Joanna Paraszczuk / Jerusalem Post:
Islamic Jihad leader: Hamas rockets ‘Iranian made’  —  Supplying proxies with weapons, training is part of Iran's doctrine of asymmetric warfare.  —  The deputy leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziad Nakhleh, has said that rockets fired by Hamas and the “Palestinian resistance” …
Emily Jane Fox / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart warns workers on Black Friday strike  —  Protesters at a June anti-Wal-Mart rally in Los Angeles.  Store workers in 12 cities have been walking out in protest since October, which Wal-Mart said violates national labor law.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — As Wal-Mart workers prepare …
 
 
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Drillers Begin Reusing ‘Frack Water’
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Melissa Gira Grant / The Atlantic Online:
Organized Labor's Newest Heroes: Strippers
Discussion: msnbc.com
Zoe Tillman / The BLT:
At Federalist Society, Scalia Says He Doesn't ‘Live or Die’ for Bill of Rights Cases
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Big Banks vs. Elizabeth Warren: It's On (Again!)
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Investors Rush to Beat Threat of Higher Taxes
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
State to widen tuition breaks to include immigrants
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Michael Moore / The Huffington Post:
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Rob Crilly / Telegraph:
Islamic hardliners announce fatwa on Malala Yousafzai
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
I Didn't Come Back to Jerusalem To Be in a War
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Losing Humanity  —  This 50-page report outlines concerns …
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Treasury Secretary Geithner: Lift Debt Limit to Infinity
 

 
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