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12:55 PM ET, November 23, 2012

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New York Times:
President Morsi in Egypt Seizes New Powers  —  CAIRO — With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court …
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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Egypt's President Morsi takes sweeping new powers
Discussion: Power Line and BuzzFeed
Washington Post:
The GOP's bizarre attack on Susan Rice  —  SINCE THE Senate is solely responsible for the confirmation of Cabinet officers, it's not often that members of the House of Representatives jump into a debate about the nomination of a secretary of state — particularly before there has been a nomination.
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Who's Really to Blame for the Wal-Mart Strikes?  The American Consumer  —  The Wal-Mart workers threatening to walk off the job on Black Friday aren't just fighting their employer.  They're fighting a whole system.  —  Forget the stampeding shoppers, the half-priced waffle irons …
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Michelle Malkin:
Wal-Mart vs. the Mob
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senator: ‘I Care More About My Country Than I Do About A 20-Year-Old Tax Pledge’  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said that fixing the nation's debt problem may require breaking Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge, telling a Georgia television station Wednesday that “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge.”
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David Earl / WMAZ-TV:
Chambliss Edges Away From Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Letter: Employers using loopholes in ACA  —  When my better half told me that her boss was thinking about cutting all full-time employees to part time in order to avoid the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance requirements (for full-time employees), my initial response was …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP Plan B on taxes: Protect business owners  —  It may be time to add another phrase to the fiscal cliff lexicon: carve-out.  —  Republicans in the Senate are brainstorming ways to shield small businesses from tax hikes should they be unable to persuade President Barack Obama to extend the Bush tax rate cuts for everyone.
New York Times:
Jeb Bush in 2016?  Not Too Early for Chatter  —  CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Now that the Obama and Romney campaigns have closed their headquarters in Chicago and Boston, the attention of the political world is shifting to an office suite tucked behind the colonnades of the Biltmore Hotel complex here.
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Daily Caller
Monica Davey / New York Times:
One-Party Control Opens States to Partisan Rush  —  CHICAGO — Come January, more than two-thirds of the states will be under single-party control, raising the prospect that bold partisan agendas — on both ends of the political spectrum — will flourish over the next couple of years.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Turnout Myth  —  To win future elections, Republicans will need more than better get-out-the-vote software.  —  To win the next presidential race, the GOP will have to understand what went wrong in 2012.  To do that, they've got to come to grips with what did, and did not, happen with turnout.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
@Karoli: Weiner Truther?  And Other Questions of Remaining Interest … Two days ago, I called attention to an article by Karoli, a Crooks and Liars contributor, who wrote an article in defense of Neal Rauhauser and Brett Kimberlin.  I made this point:  —  Karoli's excuse-making amounts …
Joshua Green / Business Week:
Barack Obama, Fashion Magnate  —  One of the funnier story lines of the 2012 presidential campaign was Barack Obama's decision—or rather, campaign manager Jim Messina's decision—to inaugurate a fashion line that the campaign sold on its website.  This included everything from Thakoon Panichgul silk scarves …
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Seeking Ways to Raise Taxes but Leave Tax Rate As Is  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators, trying to avert a fiscal crisis in January, are examining ideas that would allow effective tax rates to rise for the wealthy without technically raising the top tax rate of 35 percent.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Monkey Cage
 
 
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The White House:
Weekly Address: Wishing the American People a Happy Thanksgiving
Christopher Bedford / The Daily Caller:
Obama Thanksgiving address: Calls to unite behind WH, doesn't thank God
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Economists, Obama administration at odds over role of mortgage debt in recovery
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Israel dominates the new Middle East
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Wynton Hall / BREITBART.COM:
SURPRISE: PA COLLEGE SLASHES INSTRUCTORS' HOURS TO AVOID OBAMACARE
Bill Frezza / Forbes:
A Guide To Talking Politics At The Thanksgiving Table
Discussion: Whiskey Fire