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5:30 PM ET, November 18, 2012


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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 Outsiders Push for a 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  —  Two Israelis moderately wounded in rocket attack on Ofakim; ten Palestinians killed in IDF attack, raising death toll to 65; AP: Israeli envoy landed in Cairo for cease-fire talks.  —  Israeli soldiers watch as an Iron Dome launcher fires …
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: The Raw Story
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Lieberman Breaks With McCain, Graham On Libya Investigation: ‘I Respectfully Separate From My Two Amigos’
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. Chambliss: Rice needs to share what ‘White House directed her to say’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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'  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday took sharp aim at Mitt Romney's assertion that he lost the presidential election because of “gifts” that Democrats had doled out to women and minority voters.  —  “We're in a big hole,” Graham said on NBC's “Meet the Press. ”
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Murphy claims victory, West seeks hearing as recount deadline hits  —  Democrat Patrick Murphy's campaign is claiming victory in his race to unseat GOP Rep. Allen West (Fla.) on Sunday after a deadline passed for officials to report results from a partial recount in the race …
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 …
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 …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
House Republicans: Copyright Law Destroys Markets; It's Time For Real Reform  —  Update: Wow.  It took less than 24 hours for the RSC to fold to Hollywood pressure.  They have now retracted the report and attempted to claim that it was not properly vetted.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Biden tours Sandy damage in NJ, pledges continued federal aid  —  Vice President Joe Biden visited New Jersey on Sunday to tour the damage from Superstorm Sandy, telling residents of his personal connection to the region and pledging Washington's help.  —  Biden flew in a helicopter …
Discussion: CNN
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William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
New York City Will Demolish Hundreds of Storm-Hit Homes
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Occupy Wall Street's Debt Jubilee: A Gimmick with Tax Risk
Discussion: Firedoglake and
Associated Press:
Ron Barber defeats Martha McSally in race for Giffords's former seat
Discussion: Addicting Info and The Raw Story
Mary Bruce / Associated Press:
Obama Asks for Prayer on Budget Deal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Congress to Investigate Benghazi ‘Talking Points’
Big Brother's Border Blindness
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / Politico:
44 days to cliff; 64 days to inauguration …
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