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8:10 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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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and msnbc.com
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 …
Alex Altman / TIME:
Marco Rubio's Long Road to 2016 Begins Now
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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Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
BLOGGERS SPOT MORE DEAD CHILD FAKERY BY HAMAS; CNN FOOLED
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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Journalism.org:
THE FINAL DAYS OF THE MEDIA CAMPAIGN 2012
Discussion: TVNewser and NewsBusters.org blogs
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:   Pew: Fox, MSNBC more extreme in campaign's last week
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 …
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 …
Michael Moore / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to President Obama  —  Dear President Obama:  —  Good luck on your journeys overseas this week, and congratulations on decisively winning your second term as our president!  The first time you won four years ago, most of us couldn't contain our joy and found ourselves literally in tears over your victory.
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.
Discussion: Politico and Campaign Stops
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Big Banks vs. Elizabeth Warren: It's On (Again!)  —  The fight between the financial industry and Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren heats up again over her possible nomination to the Senate Banking Committee.  —  Ron Sachs/DPA/ZUMAPRESS.com  —  Not even two weeks have passed since Democrat …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Drillers Begin Reusing ‘Frack Water’  —  Energy Firms Explore Recycling Options for an Industry That Consumes Water on Pace With Chicago  —  Companies are racing to find ways to recycle the water used in hydraulic fracturing, chasing an emerging market that could be worth billions of dollars.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Via Meadia
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 …
Melissa Gira Grant / The Atlantic Online:
Organized Labor's Newest Heroes: Strippers  —  Exotic dancers are fighting back against unfair wages, and last week they had a landmark victory.  —  Charlie Riedel/AP Images  —  The words “labor dispute” make a lot of people imagine big men on a picket line.
Discussion: msnbc.com
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.
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.
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, Power Line and Betsy's Page
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.
Patrick Poole / The PJ Tatler:
State Dept. Official to Attend OIC Meeting Today on Banning ‘Defamation of Islam’ UPDATE: OIC Scrubs Website, Screenshot Added, Cover-Up Begins  —  UPDATE: Well, that didn't last long.  Earlier this morning before I posted this item the OIC press release noted that U.S. Consul General …
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
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.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Outside the Beltway
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.
 
 
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At Federalist Society, Scalia Says He Doesn't ‘Live or Die’ for Bill of Rights Cases
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New York Times:
Investors Rush to Beat Threat of Higher Taxes
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
State to widen tuition breaks to include immigrants
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Lawmakers say they're confident they can avoid “fiscal cliff”
Rob Crilly / Telegraph:
Islamic hardliners announce fatwa on Malala Yousafzai
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West Fights On amid Vote-Recount Mayhem
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
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Mark Duell / Daily Mail:
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