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6:45 PM ET, November 20, 2012

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New York Times:
Clinton Arrives in Middle East as Egypt Says Truce in Gaza Is Close  —  JERUSALEM — Diplomatic efforts accelerated on Tuesday to end the lethal confrontation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza on one of the most violent days yet in the conflict, as the United States sent Secretary …
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Reelected Obama Shows No “Daylight” With Israel
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Frank J. Gaffney Jr / Washington Times:
GAFFNEY: Middle East melting down into ‘Obamawar’
Discussion: Althouse
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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Sean Sullivan / The Fix:
Florida Rep. Allen West concedes
Discussion: Election 2012, The Agonist and Truthdig
CBS News:
Sources: DNI cut “al Qaeda” reference from Benghazi talking points, and CIA, FBI signed off  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” …
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Can the Senate Be Saved?  —  The most important action the Senate takes in January may not involve any legislation at all.  Early next year, when the latest group of senators convene for the first time, the “world's greatest deliberative body” may finally do something worthy of its nickname: reform the filibuster.
Discussion: Truthdig
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Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
Sen. Mark Warner passes on 2013 governor bid
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Warner sticks with Senate, won't run for Virginia governor
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Media Decoder:
Elmo Puppeteer Resigns After Fresh Allegation  —  5:11 p.m. |  Updated Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind “Sesame Street's” Elmo character, resigned on Tuesday after a new allegation was made that he had underage sexual relationships.  —  Announcing the decision with what he called a …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
I Believe and Am Thankful  —  Marco Rubio is getting beaten up by the press for not decisively and convincingly saying he thinks the world is billions of years old.  It has become the new litmus test in the media.  Believing what was believed to be literally true for a few thousand years is now nutty.
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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.
Yahoo! News:
A GOP Plan for 2016: Pot, immigration and defense cuts  —  Spinners and Winners  —  Ron Paul supporters might want to think twice before throwing away their “Paul for President” signs.  Though the frequent presidential candidate is retiring at the end of the year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) …
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Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Rand Paul says he's eyeing 2016 run
Discussion: Washington Monthly
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Surfaces At A Gas Station Looking Very Normal  —  Long time no see, old friend.  —  Dorsey Shaw  —  a few minutes ago  —  63 responses
Discussion: The Impolitic
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants  —  Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy.  Then law enforcement complained.  Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
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 …
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Iowa's GOP Governor: Time to End the Straw Poll  —  Is one of the quirkiest rituals of the Republican presidential election calendar heading for the grave?  —  It is, if Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has his say.  —  Eyeing the wreckage of the 2011 Ames Straw Poll …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Peter Nicholas / Washington Wire:
Obama Campaign Viewed Huntsman as ‘Very Tough Candidate’  —  When Obama campaign aides surveyed the field of Republican presidential hopefuls early on, they saw a certain handsome Mormon candidate and thought he'd be trouble in a general election showdown.  —  It wasn't Mitt Romney.
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Politico:
Messina: Obama built biggest grassroots campaign
Discussion: CNN and Election 2012
Richard H. Pildes / The Atlantic Online:
The Real Reasons You Waited Hours in Line to Vote  —  An Obama campaign legal adviser explains the humiliating meltdown in voting we saw around the country during this year's presidential election.  —  Voters in Miami on November 6 (Andrew Innerarity/Reuters)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.”
Washington Post:
Conservative Republicans fight back after Romney loss  —  View Photo Gallery — Republicans run from Romney: Mitt Romney said “gifts” to youth, minorities and the poor helped President Obama win.  Leaders of his Republican Party rushed to disagree, some vehemently.  Here's what they've said.
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Gingrich Explains Romney, GOP Defeat
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
‘Unskewed Polls’ Founder Dean Chambers Launches Vote Fraud Website  —  Dean Chambers, the founder of UnSkewedPolls.com, launched a new website last week alleging that President Barack Obama did not legitimately carry Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, but instead won those states thanks to voter fraud.
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Plots Outside Game To Leave Washington, Add Pressure On Lame-Duck Congress … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Bush Tax Cuts, Barack Obama , Barack Obama , Video, Obama Lame Duck, The Action, Fiscal Cliff, Obama Barnstorm, Obama Fiscal Cliff, Obama Outside Game, Outside Game, Theaction, Politics News
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Janean Chun / The Huffington Post:
John Metz Denny's Obamacare Surcharge Stirs Big Mess For Restaurant Chain … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Hurricane Grill & Wings, IFA Obamacare, International Franchise Association, Joel Libava, John Metz, John Miller, Denny's Backlash, Denny's Boycott, Denny's Franchisee, Denny's Obamacare …
Guardian:
Women bishops: Church of England votes no - Live reaction  —  Live coverage with Paul Owen as the Church of England votes whether to allow women to become bishops, its biggest decision for 20 years  —  Sort by:  —  Christopher Lowson, the Bishop of Lincoln, has described today as “a very dark day for the church”.
 
 
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Nate Silver on ‘Morning Joe’: Why pollsters got it wrong
Discussion: Brad DeLong and National Review
Cole Stangler / American Prospect:
Wal-Mart: Always Low Wages
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Roberts / Bloomberg:
Bionic Mannequins Spy on Shoppers to Boost Luxury Sales
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Grover Norquist, Author of Antitax Pledge, Faces Big Test
Washington Post:
Democrats push to redeploy Obama's voter database
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Campaign, county work intertwined under Walker, prosecutor says
DealBook:
Ex-UBS Trader to Serve 7 Years for Large Trading Loss
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Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Top African American Lawmaker Says GOP Attacks On Susan Rice Use Racial ‘Code Words’
NY Daily News:
Menacing emails sent by David Petraeus' ex-mistress Paula Broadwell to socialite Jill Kelley promised …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Paul Krugman:
A Public Service Reminder: Paul Ryan is a Con Man
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
House Democrats Inch Closer to Becoming a Two-State Caucus
 

 
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