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Sundown: Syrian Rebels Make More Gains

Plus, is Israel retaliating for the UN vote?

Adam Chandler
November 30, 2012
Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya in 'The Princess Bride'(IMBD)

Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya in ‘The Princess Bride’(IMBD)

• As Syrian rebels begin to challenge the Assad regime’s control of the airport and the skies, calls for the United States to recognize and arm the rebels grow louder. [CNN]

• As the United Nations vote unfolded, Israeli plans to expand settlements in an East Jerusalem neighborhood quickly became the focus of international ire. [NYT]

• A farewell event to Senator Joe Lieberman, hosted by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, drew some bon mots from Senator John McCain. [Forward]

• Irin Carmon writes on the future of the anti-abortion movement as its initiatives suffered in the 2012 election cycle. [Salon]

• Perhaps a sign of things to come in the 2016 election cycle, Republican Senator Rand Paul is making a trip to Israel. [Politico]

• Jews have been Time’s Person of the Year two of the past three years. Jewcy has a shortlist of candidates for 2012. [Jewcy]

• A frightening and inspiring Mandy Patinkin video for his 60th birthday:

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.