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1:55 PM ET, November 21, 2012


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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 …
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
Cease-fire hopes flicker amid tension over Tel Aviv bus bombing  —  CNN has multiple crews in Gaza, Israel and neighboring countries to bring you the latest accurate information on the conflict, the impact on people and talks to stop the violence.  Turn to CNN TV and for what you need to know now.
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.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Politico
Edmund Sanders / Los Angeles Times:
Tel Aviv bus bombing wounds at least 21
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Business Insider
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
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and Prairie Weather
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.
Daniel Engber / Slate:
Who Said It: Marco Rubio or Barack Obama?
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Mitt Romney seen pumping gas in La Jolla
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
11 Simple Economic Lessons to Make You a Smarter Shopper on Black Friday  —  Getting the best deals starts with understanding the science of prices — and the games retail companies play to fool us into paying more than we should  —  The first and last rule of prices is that nobody knows what anything is really worth.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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
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
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Jon Lovett / The Atlantic Online:
Pass the Turkey, Hold the Politics
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
Rough start for fiscal cliff talks
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Washington Post and Reuters
Cynthia Kouril / Firedoglake:
Why the Florida and Missouri Guilty Pleas from Docx Founder May Change the Mortgage Crisis
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama, Hillary Clinton wax nostalgic as she nears exit
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Among potential contenders, Christine Quinn leads in New York City mayoral race
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Christie's approval rating soars
Discussion: Politico
Joe Klein / TIME:
Campaign 2012: The Report Card
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Democrats preparing candidates in case Kerry moves to Obama's Cabinet
Discussion: Associated Press
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
The best tax deduction to chop

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Servers of Chinese tech toy maker VTech breached: data of 4.8M parents and 200K kids may have been accessed

Richard Lai / Engadget:
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