Today's Takeaway | November 19, 2012

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Monday, November 19, 2012

A rebel machine gunner watches Syrian army positions 500 metres away in the town of Maarat al-Numan, on November 17, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian-Americans Experience Unrest in their Homes from Afar | Hamas in the Gaza Strip | Could Morell Be the Next Director of the CIA? | Fiscal Cliff Could Hinder Sandy Recovery Efforts | Nicholas Kristof Visits War-Torn Syria

Palestinian-Americans Experience Unrest in their Homes from Afar

The death toll from fighting between Israel and Hamas continues to rise. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry and our partner The New York Times, the death toll in Palestine death toll had reached 91 as of Monday. Three Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the conflict. Lena Ibrahim is a first generation Palestinian-American and activist.

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Hamas in the Gaza Strip

Hostilities in the Middle East escalated over the weekend as rockets targeting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were launched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza. Rashid Khalidi, professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University, discusses the structure of Hamas and their economic, social, and political role in Gaza.

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Nicholas Kristof Visits War-Torn Syria

With a death toll well above 37,000, fighting in Syria is reaching its 20th month. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently returned from the war-torn country, and in his latest column he details the dissolution of families as a result of war.

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Fiscal Cliff Could Hinder Sandy Recovery Efforts

President Obama and Republicans in Congress have yet to agree on a solution to the impending fiscal cliff, a package of tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect in the New Year. Thus far neither side has shown a strong willingness to concede to what the other wants. Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor of TIME Magazine, explains.

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Could Morell Be the Next Director of the CIA?

In the aftermath of the David Patraeus scandal, Michael Morell is serving as the acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency. And if the speculation is to be believed, he’ll soon be Patraeus’s permanent replacement. But who is Morell? And is he really the best man for the job? Brian Fung, associate editor at The Atlantic, recently profiled Morell for The Atlantic.

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How Should the United States Respond to Conflict in Gaza?

The "optics," as they say, could be better. Overnight, more died in Gaza as Israel continued its air strikes. In response, Hamas has launched fewer rockets — but some have hit southern Israeli towns. This, along with his trip to Asia, presents another trial for Obama's foreign policy. David Sanger is chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times.

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