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7:20 AM ET, November 15, 2012

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Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney Blames Loss on Obama's ‘Gifts’ to Minorities and Young Voters  —  Saying that he and his team still felt “troubled” by his loss to President Obama, Mitt Romney on Wednesday attributed his defeat in part to what he called big policy “gifts” that the president had bestowed …
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Politico:
Jindal rejects Romney's ‘gifts’ theory  —  LAS VEGAS — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal forcefully rejected Mitt Romney's claim that he lost because of President Barack Obama's “gifts” to minorities and young voters.  —  Asked about the failed GOP nominee's reported comments on a conference call …
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Romney reflects on his loss in call with campaign donors  —  The stage from Mitt Romney's election gathering at the Boston Convention Center, left standing overnight following his electoral defeat.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times / November 7, 2012)  —  Mitt Romney told his top donors Wednesday …
David Weigel / Slate:
John McCain's Long War Against Susan Rice  —  From left, Sens. Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, and John McCain at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday  —  You probably don't need the lesson, but here's how the filibuster works.  A nomination or bill is produced.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Details Battle Lines in Budget Plan
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Sen. Graham Responds To Obama: I Hold You ‘Ultimately Responsible’ For Benghazi
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Obama Defends Susan Rice Against ‘Outrageous’ McCain, Graham Attack
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama defends UN Amb. Rice, invites critics to ‘go after me’
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Obama defends Susan Rice from McCain attacks
Washington Post:   President Obama's news conference in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012 (Full Transcript)
New York Times:
Frederick Humphries, F.B.I. Agent in Petraeus Case  —  By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, SCOTT SHANE and ALAIN DELAQUÉRIÈRE  —  DOVER, Fla. — The F.B.I. agent who helped start the investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director is a “hard-charging” …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Republicans say they will not back down  —  Congressional leaders took a hard line on taxes ahead of a meeting Friday at the White House, with rank-and-file Republicans expressing opposition to a “fiscal cliff” deal that would bring in more revenue to the government.
Discussion: Politico
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Wall Street Journal:   Obama Presses For Higher Taxes, But Adds Caveats
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Texas rep. nominates Gingrich for Speaker  —  Former Speaker and failed presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was nominated for the position of Speaker on Wednesday by conservative Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas).  There was no second.  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
GOP Lawmaker Nominates Newt Gingrich For Speaker
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Top Georgia GOP Lawmakers Host Briefing on Secret Obama Mind-Control Plot  —  President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as “Delphi” to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities.
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Changing Times  —  When people talked during the presidential campaign about the potential impact of the election on the Supreme Court, most meant the impact on the court's membership: whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would get to fill any vacancies during the next four years.
Grace Mahan / The Hill:
Man asks McCain: Are you mad that you look like McCain?  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday recounted an interesting exchange he recently had with a man at an airport in Phoenix.  —  At the Washington Ideas Forum sponsored by The Atlantic, McCain said, “I was recently at Sky Harbor …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans' election lesson is to work on fielding better candidates  —  Senate Republicans spent much of Wednesday behind closed doors as they pondered strategies for overcoming last week's dismal performance at the polls.  —  The emerging consensus: They need better candidates.
Discussion: Politico
William J. Bennett / CNN:
Republicans lost the culture war  —  Editor's note: William J. Bennett, a CNN contributor, is the author of “The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood.”  He was U.S. secretary of education from 1985 to 1988 and director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush.
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
European-style austerity: Obama's new ‘balanced’ debt plan is 73% tax hikes  —  President Obama's opening bid in budget talks with congressional Republicans is a reheating of his 80-page deficit reduction package from September 2011.  The president calls it a “balanced” plan.  Well, here it is:
BuzzFeed:
How To Wage War On The Internet  —  The Israel Defense Forces live tweet their assault on Hamas.  This is something new.  —  Matt Buchanan  —  an hour ago  —  16 responses
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Obama says climate change to take backseat to economy  —  Climate change will take a backseat to efforts to boost the economy in the near term, but the issue would return to the agenda in the future, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.  —  The president, who won an endorsement …
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:   Obama Wants ‘Conversation’ on Climate Change
Laura Clawson / Daily Kos:
Nancy Pelosi swats down Luke Russert's ‘offensive’ question with a lesson on earning your job  —  You have to hand it to Nancy Pelosi.  When emblem of establishment media nepotism Luke Russert asked if she shouldn't clear the way for younger leadership, being all old and stuff …
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