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10:30 PM ET, November 18, 2012


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Gilad Sharon / Jerusalem Post:
A decisive conclusion is necessary  —  There is no middle path here - either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip.  —  Anyone who thinks Hamas is going to beg for a cease-fire, that Operation Pillar of Defense will draw to a close …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. McCain calls for Bill Clinton to lead Israel-Palestinian talks  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested on Sunday that President Obama should send former President Bill Clinton to lead cease fire talks between Israelis and Palestinians.  —  “We need a person of enormous prestige …
New York Times:
Gaza Violence Is Unabating as Other Nations Push for Truce  —  GAZA CITY — Israeli forces killed at least 11 people, including several children, in a single airstrike that destroyed a home here on Sunday, as Israel pressed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip for a fifth day …
LIVE BLOG: Day 5 of Israel's Gaza offensive
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Allen West falls further behind  —  Florida Rep. Allen West's reelection prospects grew dimmer Sunday, as a recount of early ballots showed him falling further behind his Democratic opponent.  —  Democrat Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old construction company executive, gained 242 votes …
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:   Murphy claims victory after recount deadline, West weighs challenge
Republicans say party needs revamp after Romney drubbing  —  (Reuters) - The Republican Party needs to stop insulting voters and broaden its appeal after Democratic President Barack Obama won re-election this month over Mitt Romney with overwhelming support from Hispanics, blacks and single women, top Republicans said on Sunday.
Discussion: Hot Air, and BuzzFeed
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Top Republicans Excoriate Romney On Sunday Talk Shows  —  If Mitt Romney has any friends left in the Republican Party, they're in hiding.  —  On the Sunday talk shows, senior Republicans, former Romney surrogates and prominent conservatives piled on their defeated presidential nominee …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Graham to Romney: 'When you're in a hole, stop digging'
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
McCain Refuses To Support Any Secretary Of State Nominee  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has not hesitated to voice his distaste towards U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, who may be nominated to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  On Face the Nation Sunday morning …
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
New York businessman says Jill Kelley tried to parlay honorary South Korean consul gig into $80 million check  —  Socialite linked to David Petraeus sex scandal tried to broker pricey deal on fuel conversion project  —  Energy businessman Adam Victor says Tampa socialite Jill Kelley requested …
Pedro Oliveira Jr / New York Post:
White House denies terror delete  —  The White House yesterday denied it edited talking points about the terrorist attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya — contradicting remarks made a day earlier by disgraced ex-CIA chief David Petraeus.  —  “The only edit that was made by the White House …
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Congress to Investigate Benghazi ‘Talking Points’
Discussion: Politico
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. Chambliss: Rice needs to share what ‘White House directed her to say’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Talking Points Memo:
Tom Price: Balanced Approach Means No Revenue Through Tax Hikes  —  Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) said Sunday on CNN's “State of the Union” that a deficit-reduction deal should not raise taxes but can increase revenue through “pro-growth” reforms.  —  “We need to look at increasing revenue through …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lieberman splits from ‘my 2 amigos’  —  Count two more top senators who think a special committee to investigate the government's response to the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi is not such a good idea.  —  Three Republican senators - John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Lieberman Breaks With McCain, Graham On Libya Investigation: ‘I Respectfully Separate From My Two Amigos’
Charlotte Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Hey GOP, take the Palin cure  —  She's hot, she's blue collar, she's electable.  —  Is Sarah Palin the new Ronald Reagan?  (Jon C. Hancock / Associated Press )  —  The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Liberal Gloat  —  WINNING an election doesn't just offer the chance to govern the country.  It offers a chance to feel morally and intellectually superior to the party you've just beaten.  This is an inescapable aspect of democratic culture: no matter what reason tells us about the vagaries of politics …
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Former hotel insider's memoir reveals dirty secrets of hospitality industry  —  Any big hotels have got scandals.  Just like every big hotel has got a ghost.  Why?  Hell, people come and go.  — “The Shining” by Stephen King  —  The most memorable guest Jacob Tomsky ever came across …
Discussion: Althouse
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Biden tours Sandy damage in NJ, pledges continued federal aid
Discussion: CNN
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
New York City Will Demolish Hundreds of Storm-Hit Homes
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Occupy Wall Street's Debt Jubilee: A Gimmick with Tax Risk
Associated Press:
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Mary Bruce / Associated Press:
Obama Asks for Prayer on Budget Deal
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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James Surowiecki / News Desk:
Who Killed the Twinkie?  —  Hostess Brands is not dead just yet …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama arrives in Thailand, defends Burma visit
Discussion: CNN and Pirate's Cove
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Transition Chief Is Encouraging States To Implement Obamacare
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Politico
56% of Britons would vote to quit EU in referendum, poll finds
Discussion: Spectator
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
VIEWPOINT: Republicans Lost Because Voters Rejected Their Economic Vision
Discussion: The Raw Story