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November 19, 2012
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National Pulse 
  • Legislators say fiscal deal is just a matter of time
    Lawmakers say they're optimistic that the fiscal negotiations will yield a workable solution to the nation's deficit problems, but neither side has yet shown willingness to give ground on tax and entitlement reform. Republicans in particular have little incentive to strike a quick compromise deal, notes David Frum. "The president will never again be stronger than he is this month. The later into his presidency this deal is done, the better deal Republicans will get," he writes. The Daily Beast/Newsweek (11/18) , CNN/Political Ticker blog (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Reader Polls 
  • Today's poll: The challenges ahead for the Republican Party
    Republicans disappointed with the party's performance in the recent elections are looking for ways to improve their candidate's chances in 2016. In your opinion, what is the single most important step the party can take to win the White House four years from now? Results Wednesday.
Stay the course; no change needed
Nominate a candidate with broader appeal
Emphasize the party's conservative values
Adopt more moderate positions on social issues and immigration
Adopt more moderate positions on taxes and entitlements
Reach out to women and minorities
Change party leadership
None of the above

Agenda Items 
  • As "Romney Republicanism" fades, GOP seeks new direction
    Top Republicans are distancing themselves from Mitt Romney's failed presidential campaign, with many GOP governors calling for the party to take a more conciliatory approach and to reconsider its position on divisive issues such as immigration. "The election is over," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott. "We may not be happy with the current occupant of the White House, but the question is what are we going to do about it?" Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/19) , BuzzFeed (11/17)

Data Points 
  • Mapping the changing population of the U.S.
    Source: Esri
    The U.S. population is changing. This had a large effect on the 2012 presidential and other elections and will continue to do so. It is especially important for the Republican Party to engage with the minority audience and to understand where it is growing and what their needs are. The growth of the minority population is a critical figure to watch as the changing population affects politics, businesses, education and more. It is changing the dynamics in communities across the U.S. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • The face is familiar and contagious!
    U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney was not happy winning a silver medal in London, and she let her expression show it. The 16-year-old athlete now enjoys her celebrity status as fans ask to pose for pictures with her wearing her "not impressed" face. And the famous expression is reaching some high places. The Huffington Post (11/19) , The Washington Post (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Hot Topics 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on Business & Politics readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Thursday and Friday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least."
--Robert Byrne, American writer
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