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7:10 PM ET, November 23, 2012


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New York Times:
President Morsi in Egypt Seizes New Powers  —  CAIRO — With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court …
Muslim Brotherhood offices torched, Morsi on defensive  —  Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi defended his latest decree granting himself sweeping powers before supporters in Cairo as anti-Morsi demonstrators set fire to Muslim Brotherhood offices in cities across Egypt on Friday.
Egypt's President Mursi assumes sweeping powers
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Egypt's President Morsi takes sweeping new powers
Discussion: Power Line
Josh Eidelson / The Nation:
Walmart Strikers Arrested in SoCal Civil Disobedience (Updated 3:30 PM)  —  Check this space for updates throughout the day, and please send tips to jeidelson at gmail dot com.  —  3:30 PM: Civil disobedience is underway now in Paramount, outside Los Angeles, where organizers say 1,500 workers …
Josh Eidelson / The Nation:
Black Friday Live Blog: 400 picket, leaflet, mic check, and sing in Maryland (Updated 12:30 PM)
Discussion: Gothamist
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Saxby Chambliss takes aim at Grover Norquist  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss took aim at Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist on Wednesday, telling a local television station he's not worried about a potential primary challenge if he votes to raise taxes.  —  “I care more about my country …
Discussion: Reuters, The PJ Tatler, Daily Kos and CNN
Washington Post:
The GOP's bizarre attack on Susan Rice  —  SINCE THE Senate is solely responsible for the confirmation of Cabinet officers, it's not often that members of the House of Representatives jump into a debate about the nomination of a secretary of state — particularly before there has been a nomination.
New York Times:
Jeb Bush in 2016?  Not Too Early for Chatter  —  CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Now that the Obama and Romney campaigns have closed their headquarters in Chicago and Boston, the attention of the political world is shifting to an office suite tucked behind the colonnades of the Biltmore Hotel complex here.
New York Post:
Man dressed as clown dies during Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade  —  DEATH AT THE PARADE:Robert Blasetti is tended to by emergency workers after collapsing at the parade yesterday.  He was later pronounced dead.  —  A 67-year-old man dressed as a clown went into cardiac arrest and died …
Discussion: Gothamist and Mediaite
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Turnout Myth  —  To win future elections, Republicans will need more than better get-out-the-vote software.  —  To win the next presidential race, the GOP will have to understand what went wrong in 2012.  To do that, they've got to come to grips with what did, and did not, happen with turnout.
Michelle Malkin:
Wal-Mart vs. the Mob  —  Black Friday always brings out the worst: long lines, short tempers and random outbreaks of shoppers' rage.  This year, Big Labor will ratchet up the Strikesgiving tension with professional grievance-mongers and workers picketing at 1,000 Wal-Mart stores nationwide.
Wall Street Journal:
Tea Party Seeks to Regroup  —  Movement Sets Sights on Ousting Republicans Seen as Not Conservative Enough  —  The tea-party movement is trying to regroup after taking some licks in this month's elections.  Several groups already are setting their sights on 2014 congressional races …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
One-Party Control Opens States to Partisan Rush  —  CHICAGO — Come January, more than two-thirds of the states will be under single-party control, raising the prospect that bold partisan agendas — on both ends of the political spectrum — will flourish over the next couple of years.
Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Letter: Employers using loopholes in ACA  —  When my better half told me that her boss was thinking about cutting all full-time employees to part time in order to avoid the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance requirements (for full-time employees), my initial response was …
Christopher Bedford / The Daily Caller:
Obama Thanksgiving address: Calls to unite behind WH, doesn't thank God  —  During his fourth Thanksgiving presidential address, President Barack Obama referenced the recent, long and bruising campaign season, urged the country to unite behind his administration and, for the fourth year running, neglected to offer verbal thanks to God.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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New York Times:
Death of a Palestinian Highlights Confusion Over Gaza Truce
Discussion: Truthdig
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Gaza violence leads lawmakers to call for shuttering terror groups on Twitter
Discussion: The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Weekly Address: Wishing the American People a Happy Thanksgiving
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP Plan B on taxes: Protect business owners
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Economists, Obama administration at odds over role of mortgage debt in recovery
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
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Barack Obama, Fashion Magnate
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Israel dominates the new Middle East