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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Allen West concedes to Patrick Murphy  —  Florida Rep. Allen West — the tea party pugilist and face of the class of House Republicans that stormed to power two years ago — conceded Tuesday to 29-year-old construction executive Patrick Murphy in one of the nation's highest-profile congressional races.
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George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Rep. Allen West concedes House race to Patrick Murphy  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West is announcing today that he won't challenge Democrat Patrick Murphy's narrow victory in their nationally watched battle for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 seat.
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
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama sends Clinton to Middle East to seek end to Gaza violence  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to the Middle East amid escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, the White House announced.  —  “Secretary Clinton and the President spoke about the situation in Gaza …
Discussion: Politico
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Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Israel using Gaza as “warm-up” round for Iran?
Discussion: msnbc.com
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tareq Salahi: I'm no Jill Kelley
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 …
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
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Oklahoma is latest to reject state-based health exchange  —  Add Oklahoma to the list of Republican-led states that won't implement the key feature of President Obama's healthcare law.  —  Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday that she won't set up a state-based insurance exchange …
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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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Michael Clinton / bizjournals:
Hostess employees hope buyers will put them back to work
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 …
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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Politico:
Gay marriage takes next steps  —  The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide on Tuesday whether to consider legalizing gay marriage.  —  But gay activists don't plan to wait to press the advantage they feel they have coming off of this year's election wins.  —  The Court will decide …
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 …
Daily Mail:
Four California men arrested after they ‘planned to join al-Qaeda to commit jihad against Americans’  — Arrested were Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34; Ralph Deleon, 23; Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21; and Arifeen David Gojali, 21  —  Federal authorities say four Southern California men …
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 …
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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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Conservative Future  —  If you listened to the Republican candidates this year, you heard a conventional set of arguments.  But if you go online, you can find a vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation.  Most of the young writers and bloggers in this conversation intermingle …
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.
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.
 
 
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Fox News:
Attorney General Holder to stay into second term ‘about a year,’ source says
Bloomberg:
2013 Looks a Lot Like 1937 in Four Fearsome Ways
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Joanna Paraszczuk / Jerusalem Post:
Islamic Jihad leader: Hamas rockets ‘Iranian made’
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Let's go over the fiscal cliff
Nate Cohn / The New Republic:
A Blue Texas? Keep Dreaming
Wall Street Journal:
Drillers Begin Reusing ‘Frack Water’
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Melissa Gira Grant / The Atlantic Online:
Organized Labor's Newest Heroes: Strippers
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and msnbc.com
Zoe Tillman / The BLT:
At Federalist Society, Scalia Says He Doesn't ‘Live or Die’ for Bill of Rights Cases
Discussion: Above the Law and Law Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The worst candidate of 2012  —  Running for office has often …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Big Banks vs. Elizabeth Warren: It's On (Again!)
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Michael Moore / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to President Obama
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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