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1:30 PM ET, November 21, 2012

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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
White House condemns Tel Aviv bus attack as Clinton heads to Cairo  —  The White House on Wednesday condemned a bomb attack on a Tel Aviv bus, as Secretary Hillary Clinton worked to craft a cease-fire to halt the violence between Hamas and Israel.  —  “The United States condemns today's terrorist attack on a bus in Tel Aviv.
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Jerusalem Post:
Terror attack on Tel Aviv bus injures 21 people  —  Bus explodes on Tel Aviv's Shaul Hamelech Street, of 21 injured, one seriously, one moderately wounded; police confirm explosion was a terror attack, are searching for additional suspects, explosives.  —  Terrorists detonated an explosive device …
Edmund Sanders / Los Angeles Times:
Tel Aviv bus bombing wounds at least 21
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Business Insider
Washington Post:
Gaza fighting rages as Clinton pursues durable cease-fire
Cincinnati.com:
House GOP is angling to repeal health care  —  John Boehner of West Chester Township is Speaker of the House and represents Ohio's 8th congressional district, which includes most of Butler County.  —  President Obama has won re-election, but his health care law is still driving up costs …
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Many Americans unaware of health-care law changes
John Schnatter / The Huffington Post:
The Real Scoop on Papa John's and Obamacare
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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Mark Halperin / The Page:
The Democratic Edge  —  How the left-wing Freak Show is gearing up for '16, keying off of Marco Rubio's recent remarks about the age of Earth, from “Morning Joe”: … Watch the video above.
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Daniel Engber / Slate:
Who Said It: Marco Rubio or Barack Obama?
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
The Genius Who Invented Economics Blogging Reveals How He Got Everything Right And What's Coming Next  —  The economics blogosphere was invented in early 2005 by a retired technology executive in Southern California named Bill McBride.  —  Thank God for that, because his blog, Calculated Risk …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Eschaton
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Former Romney adviser blasts top surrogates for now ‘eviscerating’ Romney  —  (CNN) - A former senior adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign skewered some of the GOP nominee's surrogates Wednesday, saying it was “stunning” how they preened for administration positions when they thought Romney …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Lawyer for Christian Alliance Fighting for Marriage Sanctity Faces Child Porn Charges  —  What do you say about people like this?  It's almost a caricature, it's so disgustingly ridiculous.  Lisa Biron was New Hampshire lawyer who worked for the Alliance Defending Freedom …
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 …
New Jersey Online:
Citizens rush council members as chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting  —  By David Giambusso and James Queally/The Star-Ledger  —  NEWARK — A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight …
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 …
Politico:
Republicans, 2016: In full swing  —  Tired of presidential politics?  Get over it: Upwards of 15 prominent Republicans are privately contemplating 2016 campaigns for the presidency — and the most serious and ambitious of the bunch are already plunging in, some quite publicly.
Discussion: GOP 12, Hot Air and The Atlantic Online
Ken Mehlman / Wall Street Journal:
Making the Same-Sex Case  —  Legalizing marriage for gay couples will cultivate community stability and foster family values.  —  They say demography is destiny, and in American politics destiny has belonged to those who best aligned their core beliefs with the rapidly changing and ever-improving citizenry.
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Went To Disneyland  —  Earlier: Mitt Romney fills up his gas tank.  UPDATE: Even more photos of the family fun times.  —  Jessica Testa  —  a half hour ago  —  57 responses
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Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Mitt Romney seen pumping gas in La Jolla
Christopher Mims / The Atlantic Online:
U.S. Government Hacked Into French Presidential Office, Spied on Senior Officials, Says a French News Report  —  According to the French magazine l'Express, American officials gained almost unlimited access to computers of senior officials in the final days of the Sarkozy administration.  —  AP
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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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Balloon Juice
Bloomberg:
How to End the Great Fiscal Wars  —  In one way, the so-called fiscal cliff threatening the U.S. economy is less dangerous than widely supposed.  In another, it's more.  —  First, as many have said, the cliff is really a slope.  At year's end, the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 automatically expire …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Activists, White House Mark Transgender Day Of Remembrance  —  More than two dozen activists for transgender rights attended a meeting at the White House on Tuesday.  The day was marked with vigils for victims of anti-trans hate crimes.  —  WASHINGTON, DC — More than two dozen activists gathered …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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 …
 
 
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Jon Lovett / The Atlantic Online:
Pass the Turkey, Hold the Politics
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Said to Waver on Antitrust Case Against Google
Ashley Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: 10-year-old with same-sex parents finds pen pal in President Obama
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Politico:
Rough start for fiscal cliff talks
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama, Hillary Clinton wax nostalgic as she nears exit
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Among potential contenders, Christine Quinn leads in New York City mayoral race
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Christie's approval rating soars
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Democrats preparing candidates in case Kerry moves to Cabinet
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