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12:45 AM ET, November 26, 2012


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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Obama faces huge challenge in setting up insurance exchanges  —  The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems.  —  The exchanges were designed as the centerpiece …
Discussion: National Review
Jill Vejnoska / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Alleged shoplifter dies after being subdued by Walmart workers  —  The Black Friday shopping weekend apparently took a tragic turn early Sunday morning when an alleged shoplifter died while being apprehended by employees and a contract security officer outside a Lithonia Walmart.
Discussion: and Gawker
WVMetroNews Headline News:
Capito Plans 2014 Senate Run  —  West Virginia Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will announce Monday morning that she is running in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Jay Rockefeller.  —  Capito has long considered a run for the Senate, and passed …
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Obama Administration Was Not Willing to Trust Romney With a Secret Kill List  —  Obama with advisors in the Oval Office on July 27, 2010  —  The administration of United States President Barack Obama feared they might lose re-election and in the summer of last year began to develop a set …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: White House sought to draft rulebook for Romney on drone strikes
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Agonist
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Graham ready to ‘violate’ anti-tax pledge for ‘fiscal cliff’ deal  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said he is ready to violate conservative activist Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge to reach a deal to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.”  —  “I will violate the pledge …
‘This Week’ Transcript: Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Dick Durbin and Ben Affleck
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
An Unusual Absence in the Race for Mayor  —  Where are the Jews?  —  As mayoral election season starts to heat up in a city that has started memorable Jewish political careers like Edward I. Koch's and Bella S. Abzug's, one thing seems to be missing: a major Jewish candidate.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Paul Krugman:
Incredible Credibility  —  There's an interesting mix of contrast and similarity between the policy debates in Britain and the United States right now.  In both countries — as in every country that retains its own currency and has debts denominated in that national currency — interest rates are near record lows:
Zach Pontz /
Online Indiscretion Leads to Islamic Jihad Texting Threats to Israeli Soldiers During Operation Pillar of Defense  —  On Nov. 17, IDF reserve soldiers in staging areas around the Gaza Strip.  They can go home in the coming days if the Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds.  Photo: Israel Defense Forces.
Jerusalem Post:
‘Satellites show Iran moving quickly to rearm Hamas’  —  ‘Sunday Times’ cites Israeli official claiming Tehran shipping Fajr-5 rockets through Sudan to the Gaza Strip.  —  Israeli intelligence satellites have spied the loading of rockets and other material in Iran believed to be destined for the Gaza Strip …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Sen. John McCain talks Egypt, Gaza and Libya; ‘fiscal cliff’ vs. consumers, investors  —  Special Guests: Sen. John McCain, Matthew Shay, John Sweeney  —  The following is a rush transcript of the November 25, 2012, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.”  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and 2chambers
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Our Enemy, the Payroll Tax  —  WE have two political parties in America, runs a saying that conservatives like to quote.  One is stupid, the other is evil.  And when they join forces to do something that's both stupid and evil — well, that's what we call “bipartisanship.”
Douglas A. Blackmon / Washington Post:
Republicans face unexpected challenges in coastal South amid shrinking white vote  —  OXFORD, Miss. — Late on election night, a small melee erupted at the University of Mississippi here when a group of white students frustrated by the reelection of President Obama marched outside …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCain: Rice could change my mind on Secretary of State vote  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice should have the opportunity to change his mind about a potential nomination to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, days after the Arizona lawmaker pledged to block her nomination.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Morsi Urged to Retract Edict to Bypass Judges
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Black Friday sales online top $1 billion for 1st time: comScore
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Freewayblogger / Tales of the Freewayblogger:
Thanksgiving Day Postings  —  I got up before dawn to get this sign …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and AMERICAblog
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Israel successfully tests David's Sling's interceptor
E A R L Y B I R D  —  Pg.  1  —  Hamas's Tactics Garner Support
Discussion: Power Line and
Martin Roberts / Guardian:
Catalans start voting in key election
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Levin: Obama must warn Morsi over power grab
Discussion: Politico
AJE - Al Jazeera English:
Explosions hit church at Nigeria army base
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Barney Frank Calls Out Republican Senator: Stop Using ‘Weasel Words’
Americas view:
“Impossible” to end drug trade, says Calderón
Tim Mak / Politico:
McCain tweaks GOP on abortion
Discussion: New York Magazine
New York Times:
Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines
Discussion: Daily Kos and Right Wing News