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9:40 AM ET, November 21, 2012

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Daniel Engber / Slate:
Who Said It: Marco Rubio or Barack Obama?  —  Willful ignorance of science is a bipartisan value.  —  By now you've heard the outrageous quote from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on his doubts about the origins of planet Earth.  When asked to give its age, he replied: “I'm not a scientist, man. ...
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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.
Washington Post:
Gaza fighting rages as Clinton pursues durable cease-fire  —  TEL AVIV — A bus bombing Wednesday morning brought the Gaza conflict to central Tel Aviv, as intensified fighting between Hamas militants and the Israeli military raised doubts about the prospects of a durable cease-fire being sought …
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Frank J. Gaffney Jr / Washington Times:
GAFFNEY: Middle East melting down into ‘Obamawar’
Discussion: Althouse
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Reelected Obama Shows No “Daylight” With Israel
Discussion: Guardian and The Maddow Blog
Hamed Aleaziz / ThinkProgress:
McCain Backs Away From Benghazi Conspiracies  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today issued a statement essentially conceding that he was wrong in accusing the White House of changing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's talking points on Benghazi for political purposes.  —  Former CIA Director David …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CBS: “Office of the DNI” cut al-Qaeda and terrorism references from Benghazi talking points
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Poetic justice: Romney likely to finish at 47 percent  —  When all the votes are counted, could Mitt Romney really end up achieving perfect poetic justice by finishing with 47 percent of the national vote?  Yup.  Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report says new votes in from Maryland put Romney at 47.56 percent.
Paul Krugman:
The New Republicans  —  There has been a lot of talk since the election about the possible emergence of a new faction within the Republican party, or at least among the conservative intelligentsia.  These new Republicans, we're told, are willing to be more open-minded on cultural issues …
John Schnatter / The Huffington Post:
The Real Scoop on Papa John's and Obamacare … Affordable Care Act , Obamacare , Papa Johns , Papa Johns Health Care , Papa Johns Obama , Papa Johns Obamacare , Papa Johns Pizza , Pizza Health Care , Business News  —  Reading what has been written about statements I made on the effect …
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Went To Disneyland  —  Earlier: Mitt Romney fills up his gas tank.
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Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Mitt Romney seen pumping gas in La Jolla
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: Huntsman would have been ‘tough’ candidate
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Weigel / Slate:
From the Maker of Unskewed Polling Comes: The Obama Voter Fraud Map  —  In the last weeks of the election, Dean Chambers became famous for putting into numbers what other conservative put into words.  The polls that showed Mitt Romney losing must, said Chambers, have been skewed.
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Neal J. Riley / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. barely passes public-nudity ban  —  Protester Gypsy Taub speaks out against the Board of Supervisors decision to ban public nakedness while naked at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.  San Francisco lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness …
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
U.S. Deficit Shrinking At Fastest Pace Since WWII, Before Fiscal Cliff  —  Believe it or not, the federal deficit has fallen faster over the past three years than it has in any such stretch since demobilization from World War II.  —  In fact, outside of that post-WWII era …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and FT Alphaville
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
The best tax deduction to chop  —  What's the least defensible special break in the U.S. tax code?  With so many distortions to choose from, it's hard to name just one.  If forced to pick, I might say the deduction for state and local taxes, which cost $67 billion in fiscal 2011 …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Nate Silver on ‘Morning Joe’: Why pollsters got it wrong  —  New York Times statistician Nate Silver stopped by MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Tuesday to discuss how he got it right this election when so many others didn't.  —  Host Joe Scarborough — who during the campaign questioned Silver …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Democrats preparing candidates in case Kerry moves to Cabinet  —  Democrats in Massachusetts are culling a list of candidates for a 2013 special election should Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) be appointed to President Obama's cabinet.  —  Recently-defeated Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) …
Discussion: Associated Press
Joe Palca / NPR:
Big News From Mars?  Rover Scientists Mum For Now … Scientists working on NASA's six-wheeled rover on Mars have a problem.  But it's a good problem.  —  They have some exciting new results from one of the rover's instruments.  On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found …
Alissa / Truthout Stories:
Anonymous, Karl Rove and 2012 Election Fix?  —  At around 11:25 pm EST on election night, Karl Rove knew something had gone terribly wrong.  —  Minutes earlier, Fox News called the key battleground state of Ohio for President Obama, sealing his re-election.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Discourse.net
 
 
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Norma Love / Associated Press:
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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
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Associated Press:
Church of England governing body blocks move to approve female bishops
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Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel:
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Richard H. Pildes / The Atlantic Online:
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Andrew Roberts / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Betabeat
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Can the Senate Be Saved?
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Truthdig
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Petraeus' Image Takes Hit, Still More Positive Than Negative
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
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Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants
 

 
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