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10:20 AM ET, November 20, 2012


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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Allen West concedes to Patrick Murphy  —  Florida Rep. Allen West — the tea party pugilist and face of the class of House Republicans that stormed to power two years ago — conceded Tuesday to 29-year-old construction executive Patrick Murphy in one of the nation's highest-profile congressional races.
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Rep. Allen West concedes House race to Patrick Murphy  —  UPDATED with response from Murphy  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West announced this morning that he won't challenge Democrat Patrick Murphy's narrow victory in their nationally watched battle for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 seat.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama sends Clinton to Middle East to seek end to Gaza violence  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to the Middle East amid escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, the White House announced.  —  “Secretary Clinton and the President spoke about the situation in Gaza …
Discussion: Politico and Taylor Marsh
Washington Post:
Clinton heads to Mideast as Israel weighs risky choices on Gaza
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Gaza ground attack plan ‘on hold’
Discussion: The Agonist
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The callousness of Hamas
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Israel using Gaza as “warm-up” round for Iran?
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Advocates for Palestinians While Brokering Truce Talks
Joanna Paraszczuk / Jerusalem Post:
Islamic Jihad leader: Hamas rockets ‘Iranian made’
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie's Post-Hurricane Embrace of Obama Outrages Many in G.O.P.  —  A few days after Hurricane Sandy shattered the shores of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie picked up the phone to take on a different kind of recovery work: taming the Republican Party fury over his effusive embrace of President Obama.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama's union allies work to pull negotiations over ‘fiscal cliff’ to the left  —  President Obama's allies in the labor movement are targeting centrists in both parties in an attempt to pull the “fiscal cliff” talks to the left.  —  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees …
Discussion: CNN
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
More Following ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Debate than Petraeus Investigation
Discussion: CNN and Washington Wire
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Let's go over the fiscal cliff
How The Conservative Media Lost The Election  —  The plan was to unmask Obama.  It didn't work.  —  President Obama's decisive reelection has promised the conservative new media four more years of fodder, but it's also left some of its more earnest participants with a gnawing question: What went wrong?
Discussion: Riehl World News
David Weigel / Slate:
The Rich People Who Don't Know How Tax Rates Work  —  How do you get to be as rich as the people in this New York Times story without ever figuring out how taxes work? … You see these idiots every time a tax hike becomes possible again.  They have no apparent idea how marginal rates work.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Following Obama's Victory, Wisconsin Governor Proposes New Limits On Voter Registration  —  Two weeks after Barack Obama and Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) carried the state of Wisconsin with the support of minorities and young voters, Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced one of his major policy proposals …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Conservative Future  —  If you listened to the Republican candidates this year, you heard a conventional set of arguments.  But if you go online, you can find a vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation.  Most of the young writers and bloggers in this conversation intermingle …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
California, Home of the Destitute  —  Last spring, my wife and youngest daughter and I spent a week in California.  We were reminded of the extraordinary natural wealth and beauty that were showered on that uniquely blessed state.  For a century or so, guided by brilliant private sector leadership …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: AP reporter clashes with State Dep't spokesman over Turkey calling Israel a terrorist state  —  Via the Blaze, I don't think I've ever seen a reporter take a tone with a government functionary at a press conference quite like this.  And it's not the first time he's done it, either.
Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage  —  It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Oklahoma is latest to reject state-based health exchange  —  Add Oklahoma to the list of Republican-led states that won't implement the key feature of President Obama's healthcare law.  —  Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday that she won't set up a state-based insurance exchange …
Mitt Romney Surfaces At A Gas Station Looking Very Normal  —  Long time no see, old friend.  —  Dorsey Shaw  —  a half hour ago  —  2 responses
Emmanuel Touhey / Campaign:
DREAM Act, not the ACHIEVE Act , is the right solution for undocumented youth  —  Republicans, fresh from their electoral defeat, are considering their own legislation to compete with the DREAM Act.  Sen. Kay Hutchinson (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) have put forward the ACHIEVE Act …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Yahoo! News:
A GOP Plan for 2016: Pot, immigration and defense cuts  —  Spinners and Winners  —  Ron Paul supporters might want to think twice before throwing away their “Paul for President” signs.  Though the frequent presidential candidate is retiring at the end of the year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Examiner
Gay marriage takes next steps  —  The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide on Tuesday whether to consider legalizing gay marriage.  —  But gay activists don't plan to wait to press the advantage they feel they have coming off of this year's election wins.  —  The Court will decide …
Daily Mail:
Four California men arrested after they ‘planned to join al-Qaeda to commit jihad against Americans’  — Arrested were Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34; Ralph Deleon, 23; Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21; and Arifeen David Gojali, 21  —  Federal authorities say four Southern California men …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
97 House members oppose Susan Rice  —  Almost 100 House Republicans have signed a letter opposing Susan Rice's possible nomination to be secretary of state.  —  Led by South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, 97 GOP members wrote a letter to Obama on Monday announcing their opposition to Rice's potential appointment to State.
Discussion: The Hill, The Week, Scared Monkeys and TIME
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Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks face charges over payments to officials
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
David Petraeus' Response to Climate Change: MOAR DRONZ!
Discussion: and Business Insider
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Case Pits Technology-Based Police Search Against Citizens' Rights
Discussion: Law Blog
2013 Looks a Lot Like 1937 in Four Fearsome Ways
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Mike Scarcella / The BLT:
In D.C. Circuit, Judge Calls Use of Acronyms ‘Painful’
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tareq Salahi: I'm no Jill Kelley
Discussion: Business Insider
Wall Street Journal:
Drillers Begin Reusing ‘Frack Water’
Hostess, unions agree to mediation
Melissa Gira Grant / The Atlantic Online:
Organized Labor's Newest Heroes: Strippers
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and
Rush Limbaugh:
The GOP Consultant Class Blames Me
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The worst candidate of 2012  —  Running for office has often …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Big Banks vs. Elizabeth Warren: It's On (Again!)
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos