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7:25 PM ET, November 21, 2012

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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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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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
White House To Boehner: Obamacare Not Part Of Fiscal Cliff Deal
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Many Americans unaware of health-care law changes
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senators Attack Obama, Praise Egyptian President In Statement On Gaza Ceasefire  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Prime Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr today announced a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, ending eight days of violence that resulted in nearly 150 dead and more wounded.
Discussion: The Hill, Gawker and CNN
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CNN:
Cease-fire hopes flicker amid tension over Tel Aviv bus bombing
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
White House condemns Tel Aviv bus attack as Clinton heads to Cairo
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.
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 …
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John Dodge / CBS Chicago:
Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigning From Congress
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Daily Kos, theGrio and Gawker
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:   Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. resigns
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 …
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’
Nick Squires / Telegraph:
Jesus was born years earlier than thought, claims Pope  —  The entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation, the Pope has declared, as he claims in a new book that Jesus was born several years earlier than commonly believed.  —  The Pope also weighs in on the debate over Christ's birthplace
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Commentary Editor John Podhoretz Has Awkward Postelection Epiphany  —  The first few weeks after a losing presidential election are an awkward period for the most devoted ideological polemicist.  Months of optimistic spin about your candidate must be cast aside for an entirely different sort of spin …
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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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 …
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 …
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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Bloomberg:
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Paul Krugman:
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