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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 …
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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 …
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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Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
Jill Kelley Loses VIP Privileges at Military Base  —  Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite at the center of the Petraeus scandal, has lost the privilege of visiting MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa without an escort.  The base is home to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command …
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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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.”
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Sen. Graham Responds To Obama: I Hold You ‘Ultimately Responsible’ For Benghazi
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Details Battle Lines in Budget Plan
Discussion: The Fix, The Week and The Caucus
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
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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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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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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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?
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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Washington Post:   President Obama's news conference in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012 (Full Transcript)
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Impeach Obama Robocall Campaign Launched By Conservative Group … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Barack Obama , Video, Impeach Obama, Impeachment Robocalls, Obama Conservative Group, Obama Impeach, Obama Impeachment, Robocall Campaign, Politics News
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:
Discussion: Power Line and protein wisdom
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
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
Paul Owen / Guardian:
Hamas: killing of military chief by Israel has ‘opened gates of hell’ - live  —  Israel says assassination of Ahmed al-Jaabari is the start of a broader operation against Gazan militants  —  Sort by:  —  Al Jazeera is reporting that Egypt has condemned the killing of Jaabari.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Macy's CEO Defends Trump Partnership  —  It's about customer choice and not politics, CEO Terry Lundgren tells petition organizer.  “Trump's brand has become toxic and contemptible, it represents mean spirited bullying and chicanery,” Angelo Carusone replied.
Lisa Balde / nbcchicago.com:
Rahm Cracks Down on Chicago Vending Machines  —  Time for Chicago's vending machines to chip up or chip out.  —  Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he's cracking down on the caloric content of vending machines in city buildings and plans to replace them all with healthy vending by next year.
 
 
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Obama says climate change to take backseat to economy
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Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Petraeus Biography Underscores Ethics Questions for Authors
Graeme Wearden / Guardian:
Anti-austerity protests turn violent as European workers strike - live
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
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The Boston Globe:
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WSVN-TV:
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Fox News:
Petraeus agrees to testify on Libya before congressional committees