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7:05 PM ET, November 14, 2012

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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 …
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Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney Blames Loss on Obama's ‘Gifts’ to Minorities and Young Voters  —  A week after losing the presidential election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies …
Andrew Kohut / Wall Street Journal:
Misreading Election 2012  —  The GOP might be out of step with some voters, but Mitt Romney was an unusually unpopular party standard-bearer.  —  Postelection talk of “lessons learned” is often exaggerated and misleading, and so it is in 2012.  —  A week after President Obama won re-election, two themes are dominant.
Fox News:
Petraeus agrees to testify on Libya before congressional committees  —  Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify about the Libya terror attack before the House and Senate intelligence committees, Fox News has learned.  —  Petraeus had originally been scheduled to testify …
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Politico:
Hard questions await Obama at news conference  —  This is not what the White House wanted for President Barack Obama's first news conference of his second term.  —  He won't be able to dwell much on his stronger-than-expected victory or even press his agenda for the next four years.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Krauthammer: White House 'Held Affair Over Petraeus's Head' For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi
Paul Wolfowitz / AEIdeas:   Forget the gossip: Focus on Benghazi
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Attacks on Susan Rice ‘outrageous’  —  President Barack Obama offered a fiery defense Wednesday of his administration's handling of the attack on Americans in Benghazi, calling R epublicans' critiques of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice “outrageous.”
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Talking Points Memo:
Obama Defends Susan Rice Against ‘Outrageous’ McCain, Graham Attack  —  President Obama on Wednesday defended Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a possible replacement for Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, against criticism from Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
McCain: Obama Administration Benghazi Investigation Has “No Credibility”
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama defends UN Amb. Rice, invites critics to ‘go after me’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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Tom Raum / Associated Press:
THE RESET: Pelosi Decision May Affect Budget Talks
Discussion: CNN
Reuters:
Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari killed by Israeli strike  —  LIVE BLOG: Israel strikes more than 20 targets in Gaza, killing Ahmed Jabari, who was behind the 2006 abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit; IDF says ready for ground operation in Gaza if necessary; Hamas …
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IDF Blog:
Live Updates: Operation Pillar of Defense on Terror Targets in Gaza
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
GOP Lawmaker Nominates Newt Gingrich For Speaker  —  “You don't have to be a member of the body to be speaker,” Rep. Gohmert says.  Hijinks in the closed-door leadership election.  —  Image by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Texas conservative Rep. Louie Gohmert submitted …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Texas rep. nominates Gingrich for Speaker
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
New York Times:
Transcript of President Obama's Press Conference  —  The following is the complete transcript of President Obama's press conference on Wednesday in Washington.  (Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.)  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody.  Please have a seat.
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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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Shakesville
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
White House ‘secede’ petitions reach 675,000 signatures, 50-state participation  —  Less than a week after a New Orleans suburbanite petitioned the White House to allow Louisiana to secede from the United States, petitions from seven states have collected enough signatures to trigger a promised review from the Obama administration.
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Paul rips big government in farewell  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) delivered a blistering farewell speech on the House floor Wednesday in which he ripped the drastic tilt of the U.S. toward expanded government, a devalued currency, persistent wars and the constant erosion of personal freedoms.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Pete Wells / New York Times:
Restaurant Review: Guy's American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square  —  GUY FIERI, have you eaten at your new restaurant in Times Square?  Have you pulled up one of the 500 seats at Guy's American Kitchen & Bar and ordered a meal?  Did you eat the food?  Did it live up to your expectations?
WSVN-TV:
Almost 1K ballots found in Broward elections warehouse  —  LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WSVN) — Nearly a thousand ballots that were not included in Florida's final count have been found in a warehouse in Broward County.  —  Tuesday morning and into the night, there was a buzz of activity …
Sean Kinney / MiamiHerald.com:
Death of Key West man linked to Obama's reelection  —  A Key West man who told his partner that “if Barack gets re-elected, I'm not going to be around” was found dead on Nov. 8, with the words “F— Obama!” scrawled on his will and two empty prescription bottles nearby.
New York Times:
Ryan Sees Urban Vote as Reason G.O.P. Lost  —  WASHINGTON — As Representative Paul D. Ryan casts about to find an explanation for the defeat of the Republican presidential ticket, on which he was Mitt Romney's running mate, he is looking to the nation's big cities for answers.
 
 
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Obama Wants ‘Conversation’ on Climate Change
Discussion: Politico
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Walden to chair NRCC
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Nominates Out Gay Black Judge To Federal Bench
Discussion: Advocate
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
Notes for Next Time  —  Thanks to David Petraeus's adultery …
Discussion: National Review
Adam C. Smith / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Jeb's son eyes Texas Land Commissioner post
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama plans to meet with Romney soon
Discussion: CNN
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie Reverses Stand on Tax Increases After Storm
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