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4:25 PM ET, November 21, 2012

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CNN:
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 CNN.com for what you need to know now.
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
White House condemns Tel Aviv bus attack as Clinton heads to Cairo
BuzzFeed:
Israel, Hamas Agree to Gaza Cease-Fire
Discussion: American Spectator
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Brother: Rep. Jesse Jackson to announce resignation … Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will announce his resignation from Congress “momentarily” in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Jackson's brother Jonathan Jackson said.  —  He spoke to the Chicago Tribune by telephone.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns, acknowledges federal probe  —  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) submitted a letter announcing his resignation from Congress to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday, according to a Boehner aide.  —  “For seventeen years I have given 100 percent of my time …
John Dodge / CBS Chicago:
Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigning From Congress
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Daily Kos, theGrio and Gawker
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
CNN Host Exposes GOP's Hypocrisy On Benghazi  —  Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) appeared on CNN Wednesday morning to press his case against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, the target of Republican criticism for initially claiming that the Sept. 11 attacks on Benghazi were inspired by spontaneous protests to an anti-Islamic video.
Discussion: Politico, Prairie Weather and The Week
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
McCain Officially Admits He Was Wrong on Benghazi Without Admitting It  —  NOTE: TMVer Dorian de Wind wrote an extensive post HERE about McCain being increasingly isolated, which is updated with this recent news.  MUST READING.  —  If you hear a slight sound, its the sound of an Etch-a-Sketch.
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
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 …
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 …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Adviser: Right-Wing Polling Facing ‘Some Kind Of Systemic Crisis’
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.
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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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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 …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sens. Alexander, Bennet give leaders emergency plan to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’  —  Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) have given their leaders an emergency backup plan to keep Congress from plunging off the “fiscal cliff” at year's end.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 and The Atlantic Online
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 …
BuzzFeed:
Obama Mocks Romney In Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon, Won't Comment On Gaza Ceasefire  —  Jokes about re-election.  —  Image by Jacquelyn Martin / AP  —  WASHINGTON — Fresh off a four-day trip to Asia, President Barack Obama pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey Wednesday …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
 
 
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Emmanuel Touhey / Campaign:
GOP ignores low-information voters at their peril
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Unions urge Congress to avoid federal-worker cuts
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Rise Above, CNBC's move into advocacy
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
My (semi) apology to Nate Silver
Jon Lovett / The Atlantic Online:
Pass the Turkey, Hold the Politics
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Activists, White House Mark Transgender Day Of Remembrance
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Christie's approval rating soars
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