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12:20 PM ET, November 21, 2012


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Cease-fire hopes flicker amid tension over Tel Aviv bus bombing  —  CNN has multiple crews in Gaza, Israel and neighboring countries to bring you the latest accurate information on the conflict, the impact on people and talks to stop the violence.  Turn to CNN TV and for what you need to know now.
Jerusalem Post:
Terror attack on Tel Aviv bus injures 21 people  —  Bus explodes on Tel Aviv's Shaul Hamelech Street, of 21 injured, one seriously, one moderately wounded; police confirm explosion was a terror attack, are searching for additional suspects, explosives.  —  Terrorists detonated an explosive device …
Edmund Sanders / Los Angeles Times:
Tel Aviv bus bombing wounds at least 21
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Business Insider
Washington Post:
Gaza fighting rages as Clinton pursues durable cease-fire
New York Times:
Fighting Continues as U.S. Seeks Truce in Gaza
Discussion: and The Week
Hamed Aleaziz / ThinkProgress:
McCain Backs Away From Benghazi Conspiracies  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today issued a statement essentially conceding that he was wrong in accusing the White House of changing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's talking points on Benghazi for political purposes.  —  Former CIA Director David …
Rough start for fiscal cliff talks
Discussion: Washington Post and Reuters
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CBS: “Office of the DNI” cut al-Qaeda and terrorism references from Benghazi talking points
Daniel Engber / Slate:
Who Said It: Marco Rubio or Barack Obama?  —  Willful ignorance of science is a bipartisan value.  —  By now you've heard the outrageous quote from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on his doubts about the origins of planet Earth.  When asked to give its age, he replied: “I'm not a scientist, man. ...
Neal J. Riley / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. barely passes public-nudity ban  —  Protester Gypsy Taub speaks out against the Board of Supervisors decision to ban public nakedness while naked at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.  San Francisco lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Lawyer for Christian Alliance Fighting for Marriage Sanctity Faces Child Porn Charges  —  What do you say about people like this?  It's almost a caricature, it's so disgustingly ridiculous.  Lisa Biron was New Hampshire lawyer who worked for the Alliance Defending Freedom …
New Jersey Online:
Citizens rush council members as chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting  —  By David Giambusso and James Queally/The Star-Ledger  —  NEWARK — A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight …
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
U.S. Deficit Shrinking At Fastest Pace Since WWII, Before Fiscal Cliff  —  Believe it or not, the federal deficit has fallen faster over the past three years than it has in any such stretch since demobilization from World War II.  —  In fact, outside of that post-WWII era …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and FT Alphaville
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
The Genius Who Invented Economics Blogging Reveals How He Got Everything Right And What's Coming Next  —  The economics blogosphere was invented in early 2005 by a retired technology executive in Southern California named Bill McBride.  —  Thank God for that, because his blog, Calculated Risk …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Eschaton
Mitt Romney Went To Disneyland  —  Earlier: Mitt Romney fills up his gas tank.  UPDATE: Even more photos of the family fun times.  —  Jessica Testa  —  a half hour ago  —  57 responses
Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Mitt Romney seen pumping gas in La Jolla
Christopher Mims / The Atlantic Online:
U.S. Government Hacked Into French Presidential Office, Spied on Senior Officials, Says a French News Report  —  According to the French magazine l'Express, American officials gained almost unlimited access to computers of senior officials in the final days of the Sarkozy administration.  —  AP
Paul Krugman:
The New Republicans  —  There has been a lot of talk since the election about the possible emergence of a new faction within the Republican party, or at least among the conservative intelligentsia.  These new Republicans, we're told, are willing to be more open-minded on cultural issues …
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Iowa's GOP Governor: Time to End the Straw Poll  —  Is one of the quirkiest rituals of the Republican presidential election calendar heading for the grave?  —  It is, if Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has his say.  —  Eyeing the wreckage of the 2011 Ames Straw Poll …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Poetic justice: Romney likely to finish at 47 percent  —  When all the votes are counted, could Mitt Romney really end up achieving perfect poetic justice by finishing with 47 percent of the national vote?  Yup.  Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report says new votes in from Maryland put Romney at 47.56 percent.
Ken Mehlman / Wall Street Journal:
Making the Same-Sex Case  —  Legalizing marriage for gay couples will cultivate community stability and foster family values.  —  They say demography is destiny, and in American politics destiny has belonged to those who best aligned their core beliefs with the rapidly changing and ever-improving citizenry.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Jesse Jackson Jr. Cancels Call to Chicago Staff  —  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. reportedly had planned to break his silence Wednesday during a morning conference call with staff but changed his mind.  —  Jackson spokesman Frank Watkins told Ward Room the South Side Democrat was scheduled to talk …
Joe Klein / TIME:
Campaign 2012: The Report Card  —  Has there ever been a less gracious presidential loser than Mitt Romney?  I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt during the campaign.  I figured he was just dialing for dollars when he massaged the Boca Raton fat cats' fantasies about the lack of …
Cynthia Kouril / Firedoglake:
Why the Florida and Missouri Guilty Pleas from Docx Founder May Change the Mortgage Crisis  —  Now any bank offering these as evidence is committing a fraud on the court and homeowner  —  Yesterday I dashed off a post about the guilty plea taken by Lorraine Brown, the founder of DocX/LPS …
David Weigel / Slate:
From the Maker of Unskewed Polling Comes: The Obama Voter Fraud Map  —  In the last weeks of the election, Dean Chambers became famous for putting into numbers what other conservative put into words.  The polls that showed Mitt Romney losing must, said Chambers, have been skewed.
Republicans, 2016: In full swing  —  Tired of presidential politics?  Get over it: Upwards of 15 prominent Republicans are privately contemplating 2016 campaigns for the presidency — and the most serious and ambitious of the bunch are already plunging in, some quite publicly.
Discussion: GOP 12, Hot Air and The Atlantic Online
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Democrats preparing candidates in case Kerry moves to Cabinet  —  Democrats in Massachusetts are culling a list of candidates for a 2013 special election should Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) be appointed to President Obama's cabinet.  —  Recently-defeated Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama, Hillary Clinton wax nostalgic as she nears exit
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Among potential contenders, Christine Quinn leads in New York City mayoral race
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Christie's approval rating soars
Discussion: Politico
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Church of England governing body blocks move to approve female bishops
Discussion: Shakesville and Corrente
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Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, BuzzFeed and Advocate
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