Top Links: Israel, Gaza, ‘fiscal cliff’, 2016, and TSA’s grenade travel tips

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President Barack Obama, seen here pardoning last year's turkey, will do so again today.
President Barack Obama, seen here pardoning last year's turkey, will do so again today.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Today’s our last show until Monday. So have a happy Thanksgiving.

  • A bus explosion injured 19 people, 3 seriously, as the U.S., Egypt, and others work on an Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire. (NBC News)
  • The fake Arab village where Israelis conduct urban warfare training is named Chicago, “because of all the shooting.” Ouch. (Charles Levinson)
  • Ben Bernanke: Fix the “fiscal cliff” and 2013 looks great, don’t fix it and we’re sunk. (National Journal)
  • And the “fiscal cliff” negotiations may determine Paul Ryan’s 2016 relevancy. (The Washington Post)
  • “Upwards of 15 prominent Republicans are privately contemplating 2016 campaigns for the presidency.” It begins. (Politico)
  • Iowa’s governor: “I think the straw poll has outlived its usefulness.” (Washington Wire)
  • Remembering the quirkiest, departing members of Congress. (The New York Times)
  • The man behind conservatives’ favorite polling site— UnSkewed Polls— is back with a site to “prove” that President Obama stole the election. Unskewed polling gives this a 75% chance of succeeding. (The Hill)
  • The New York Times editorial section argues we should standardize federal elections: “This is where Congress can play a role. It has the power to establish a nonpartisan federal elections board to maintain a national registration database, mandate the choice of voting machines and set standards for counting provisional ballots.”

    (The New York Times)
  • The National Transportation Safety Board is the latest government agency to say it no longer will use Blackberrys. The reason? They crash too much. And the NTSB has a thing about crashing. (All Things D)
  • If your boss casually asks if you’re staying in town for Thanksgiving, casually lie. (Dealbreaker)
  • Oh, and note to Thanksgiving travelers: Don’t hide your pot in a novelty grenade. TSA notices that kind of stuff. (Lizzie O’Leary)

Top Links: Israel, Gaza, ‘fiscal cliff’, 2016, and TSA’s grenade travel tips

Updated