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12:10 PM ET, November 20, 2012

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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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New York Times:
Clinton Visits in Effort to Defuse Gaza Conflict; Egypt Hints at Truce  —  JERUSALEM — Diplomatic efforts accelerated Tuesday to end the deadly confrontation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, as the United States sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama sends Clinton to Middle East to seek end to Gaza violence
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg and Taylor Marsh
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The callousness of Hamas
Washington Post:
Clinton heads to Mideast as Israel weighs risky choices on Gaza
Discussion: CNN, BBC, Hot Air and News Desk
BBC:
Gaza ground attack plan ‘on hold’
Discussion: The Agonist
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie's Post-Hurricane Embrace of Obama Outrages Many in G.O.P.  —  A few days after Hurricane Sandy shattered the shores of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie picked up the phone to take on a different kind of recovery work: taming the Republican Party fury over his effusive embrace of President Obama.
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?
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Top African American Lawmaker Says GOP Attacks On Susan Rice Use Racial ‘Code Words’  —  Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) this morning defended U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, calling out Republican use of “code words” in attacking Rice's professional capabilities.
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
97 House members oppose Susan Rice
Discussion: The Hill, TIME, msnbc.com and The Week
Politico:
Messina: Obama built biggest grassroots campaign  —  Obama campaign manager Jim Messina spoke with Mike Allen at POLITICO's Playbook Breakfast about the campaign's grassroots efforts.  11/20/2012 8:56 AM EDT
Discussion: CNN and Election 2012
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Top Aide: Obama To Keep “Social Movement” — And Use It
Discussion: The Huffington Post
cps.gov.uk:
Charging announcement in relation to Operation Elveden  —  Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, oversees CPS decision making and all potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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New York Times:
Former Murdoch Aides to Be Charged With Bribery
Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks face charges over payments to officials
Discussion: www.wnyc.org and Balloon Juice
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Surfaces At A Gas Station Looking Very Normal  —  Long time no see, old friend.  —  Dorsey Shaw  —  a few minutes ago  —  44 responses
NY Daily News:
Menacing emails sent by David Petraeus' ex-mistress Paula Broadwell to socialite Jill Kelley promised to make the apparent rival ‘go away’  —  The notes Broadwell sent to Kelley were far more sinister than previously reported and seemed like the rantings of someone ‘clearly unhinged,’ a close friend of Kelley told The News.
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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 …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Chip Somodevilla / Rolling Stone:
SEC Rocked By Lurid Sex-and-Corruption Lawsuit  —  Move over, adulterous generals.  It might be time to make way for a new sexual rats'nest - at America's top financial police agency, the SEC.  —  In a salacious 77-page complaint that reads like Penthouse Forum meets The Insider meets the Keystone Kops …
Discussion: Wonkette
Wall Street Journal:
Liberal Man of the Year  —  Chief Justice Roberts shares the dais with Lena Dunham.  —  No Supreme Court Justice has ever said “Live from New York, it's Saturday night,” at least on national television, but give it time.  This month Glamour magazine named Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg one of its “Women of the Year.”
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
House Democrats Inch Closer to Becoming a Two-State Caucus  —  Californians and New Yorkers will comprise a record percentage of the Democratic caucus when the 113th Congress convenes in January at nearly 30 percent  —  Although gains by Democrats were modest in 2012 U.S. House races …
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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Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Robert Redford on Obama's Environmental Agenda and Unveiling a New Conservancy  —  The actor tells THR he's optimistic that the president will “take what his words were and put some teeth behind them.”  —  Longtime conservationist Robert Redford is relieved that President Obama won re-election …
Discussion: Associated Press and Taylor Marsh
Paul Krugman:
A Public Service Reminder: Paul Ryan is a Con Man  —  So now that the Unperson/Ryan ticket has lost, Republicans are clearly expecting Paul Ryan to move right back into his previous role as Washington's favorite Serious, Honest Conservative.  —  He might get away with it; but I hope not.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama's union allies work to pull negotiations over ‘fiscal cliff’ to the left  —  President Obama's allies in the labor movement are targeting centrists in both parties in an attempt to pull the “fiscal cliff” talks to the left.  —  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees …
Discussion: CNN
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Let's go over the fiscal cliff
 
 
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Peter Diamond / New York Times:
Down With Supercommittees
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Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Goldman Sachs CEO: Entitlements must be contained
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Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Cory Booker to live a week on food stamps
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Emmanuel Touhey / Campaign:
DREAM Act, not the ACHIEVE Act , is the right solution for undocumented youth
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Case Pits Technology-Based Police Search Against Citizens' Rights
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Four California men arrested after they ‘planned to join al-Qaeda to commit jihad against Americans’
Politico:
Gay marriage takes next steps
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