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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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Sean Sullivan / The Fix:
Florida Rep. Allen West concedes
Discussion: Election 2012, The Agonist and Truthdig
New York Times:
Truce in Gaza Is Close, Egyptian Officials Say  —  JERUSALEM — Diplomatic efforts accelerated on 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 and Egypt's president …
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Reelected Obama Shows No “Daylight” With Israel
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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.
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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: CNN
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: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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Politico:
Messina: Obama built biggest grassroots campaign
Discussion: CNN and Election 2012
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Top Aide: Obama To Keep “Social Movement” — And Use It
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
Steve Schultze / JSOnline:
Campaign, county work intertwined under Walker, prosecutor says  —  By Steve Schultze and Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  Gov. Scott Walker and his top campaign and Milwaukee County aides were named Monday as part of a team that routinely commingled political and official county business.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Firedoglake
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Following Obama's Victory, Wisconsin Governor Proposes New Limits On Voter Registration
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 …
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 …
Andrew Roberts / Bloomberg:
Bionic Mannequins Spy on Shoppers to Boost Luxury Sales  —  Don't Look Now, but That Mannequin is Watching You  —  Store mannequins are meant to catch your eye.  Soon you may catch theirs.  —  Benetton Group SpA is among fashion brands deploying mannequins equipped with technology used …
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”.
DealBook:
Ex-UBS Trader to Serve 7 Years for Large Trading Loss  —  Updated  —  LONDON - Kweku M. Adoboli, a former UBS trader, was given a seven-year jail sentence after he was found guilty on Tuesday of fraud for actions that prompted a multibillion-dollar trading loss at the Swiss bank.
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
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
The Economic Recovery and Economic Policy  —  Good afternoon.  I am pleased to join the New York Economic Club for lunch today.  I know that many of you and your friends and neighbors are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and I want to let you know that our thoughts …
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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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Nate Silver on ‘Morning Joe’: Why pollsters got it wrong
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MIT Technology Review:
Digital Education  —  Explore the powerful Web technologies …
Discussion: AEIdeas and ParaPundit
Cole Stangler / American Prospect:
Wal-Mart: Always Low Wages
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Richard H. Pildes / The Atlantic Online:
The Real Reasons You Waited Hours in Line to Vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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Rep. McIntyre faces recount in NC race
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