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11:55 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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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 …
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 …
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
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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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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 …
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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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: Campaign Stops and Politico
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
BuzzFeed:
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
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 …
Ethan Nuss / Tar Sands Blockade:
BREAKING: 40 People Stop Keystone XL Construction: Four Lock to Machinery, Nacogdoches Student and Two Others Launch New Tree Blockade  —  What an incredible day of action!  Over 100 people in Nacogdoches, Texas rallied to defend their homes and protect their water from toxic tar sands.
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 …
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tareq Salahi: I'm no Jill Kelley  —  With some comparing Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite involved in the Petraeus scandal, to the infamous Salahis, one of the White House party crashers says: Not so fast.  —  “I have seen a lot of the references, which are interesting,” Tareq Salahi told POLITICO.
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 …
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
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
Rob Crilly / Telegraph:
Islamic hardliners announce fatwa on Malala Yousafzai  —  British-based Islamic radicals are preparing to announce a fatwa on Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl shot by the Pakistan Taliban, for her role in standing up to extremists.  —  The story of Malala, who is recovering …
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 …
 
 
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Catherine Ruetschlin / Demos:
RETAIL'S HIDDEN POTENTIAL: HOW RAISING WAGES WOULD BENEFIT WORKERS, THE INDUSTRY AND THE OVERALL ECONOMY
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
A Blue Texas? Keep Dreaming
Wall Street Journal:
Drillers Begin Reusing ‘Frack Water’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Via Meadia
Zoe Tillman / The BLT:
At Federalist Society, Scalia Says He Doesn't ‘Live or Die’ for Bill of Rights Cases
Discussion: Law Blog and Above the Law
Kris Turner / Toledo Blade:
Clear Channel quietly pruning scores of staff
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:
State to widen tuition breaks to include immigrants
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
I Didn't Come Back to Jerusalem To Be in a War
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Wall Street Journal:
Capretta and Levin: Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing
Discussion: Power Line, The Hill and Betsy's Page
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Treasury Secretary Geithner: Lift Debt Limit to Infinity
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Changed CIA Talking Points
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Fox News and TIME
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Andrew Cuomo, fake Democrat
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?
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