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2:44 AM ET, November 19, 2012


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Simon Plosker / Honest Reporting:
Gaza Child Killed... By Hamas  —  This iconic image made its way around the world.  Fighting back tears at Gaza's Shifa Hospital, Egyptian Prime Minister held 4-year old Mahmoud Sadallah in his arms and called on Israel to end its military operations.  —  A PR gift for Hamas, eager to portray the IDF as vicious child killers.
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
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lieberman splits from ‘my 2 amigos’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. Chambliss: Rice needs to share what ‘White House directed her to say’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Lieberman Breaks With McCain, Graham On Libya Investigation: ‘I Respectfully Separate From My Two Amigos’
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
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
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Graham to Romney: 'When you're in a hole, stop digging'
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 …
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
Matt DeLong / Washington Post:
Joe Biden to Sandy victims: 'You've got a homeboy' who ‘gets it’  —  Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), left, and Vice President Joe Biden walk off their helicopter Sunday in Island Beach State Park, N.J. (Rich Schultz / AP)  —  Seeking to reassure victims of Hurricane Sandy following a tour …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Biden tours Sandy damage in NJ, pledges continued federal aid
Discussion: CNN
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
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: The Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Petraeus scandal puts four-star general lifestyle under scrutiny
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Agonist
Christy Wampole / Opinionator:
How to Live Without Irony
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:
Ron Barber defeats Martha McSally in race for Giffords's former seat
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Mary Bruce / Associated Press:
Obama Asks for Prayer on Budget Deal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mike Allen / Politico:
44 days to cliff; 64 days to inauguration …