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7:05 PM ET, November 15, 2012

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Ted Barrett / CNN:
McCain skips Benghazi briefing, gets testy when questioned by CNN  —  (CNN) - Most of the Republican members of a Senate committee investigating the terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, skipped a classified briefing by administration officials on the incident Wednesday, CNN has learned.
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Benghazi Is about: Scandal Envy  —  If you're looking at the Republican harumphing over Benghazi and asking yourself, “Why are we supposed to be so mad about this again?” you're not alone.  Let's review: There was an attack on our consulate that killed four Americans, including our ambassador.
CBS News:
CIA talking points for Susan Rice called Benghazi attack “spontaneously inspired” by protests  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has obtained the CIA talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Sept. 15 regarding the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, four days earlier.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Republicans skip Benghazi hearing; complain about lack of information on Benghazi  —  This week, a number of Republican senators have strongly criticized the administration for failing to properly explain the circumstances surrounding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
Kirsten Powers / Fox News:
President Obama's silly, sexist defense of Susan Rice  —  Nov. 14, 2012: President Obama answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.AP  —  Don't pick on the little lady.  —  Wednesday, President Obama bizarrely cast the U.N. Ambassador …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
John McCain Supported Condi Rice After Massive Intelligence Failure
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
Respected agent in Seattle terror probe leaked Petraeus case  —  The FBI agent who started the email inquiry that eventually led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus is known for his work in Seattle leading the investigation into millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam.
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Andrew Napolitano / Reason:
Silencing General Petraeus
The Seattle Times:
Shirtless FBI agent: Photo was joke emailed to friends, reporter
Discussion: New York Magazine and BuzzFeed
Eric Russell / Portland Press-Herald:
Maine Republican chairman questions black voters  —  Charlie Webster causes a stir with claims that hundreds of unknown black people cast ballots in rural Maine towns.  —  Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster is once again alleging possible voting irregularities …
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Maine GOP Head Suspects Voter Fraud Because ‘Dozens, Dozens Of Black People’ Voted … The head of the Republican Party in Maine thinks there might have been voter fraud in his state because “nobody in town knows anyone who's black,” but black voters came in to vote on election day.
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Maine GOP Chair: ‘Unusual’ To See Black People Voting
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 …
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Chris Carroll / Times Free Press:
Scott DesJarlais supported ex-wife's abortions, slept with patients, divorce transcript shows … A decade before calling himself “a consistent supporter of pro-life values,” Tennessee physician and Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais supported his ex-wife's decision to get two abortions …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Murray: Can't guarantee 2014 budget  —  Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) confirmed Thursday that she will seek the chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee next year but told The Hill that she cannot commit to doing a budget.  —  This opens up the possibility that Senate Democrats …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats say deficit package must include stimulus
Janean Chun / The Huffington Post:
John Metz, Denny's Franchisee And Hurricane Grill & Wings Owner, Imposes Surcharge For Obamacare … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Obama Health Care, Video, Hurricane Grill & Wings, John Metz, John Metz Dairy Queen, John Metz Dennys, John Metz Obamacare Surcharge, Obamacare, Obamacare Hiring Freezes …
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BBC:
Gaza missiles fired at Tel Aviv  —  Palestinian militants have attempted to hit Israel's largest city, Tel Aviv, with missiles fired from the Gaza Strip.  —  An Israeli military spokesman said two missiles had been launched towards the Tel Aviv area but neither had hit it.
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: Donovan to take on recovery role  —  President Barack Obama Thursday tapped Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to be the federal government point-person for Washington's involvement in New York's Hurricane Sandy recovery.  —  “He knows a little bit about New York and building …
Discussion: CNN
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: HUD Secretary to head post-Sandy rebuilding efforts
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Mark Murray / First Read:
RNC report suggests other reasons why Romney lost  —  While Mitt Romney has attributed his defeat, in part, to “gifts” President Obama was able to shower on key constituencies, a Republican National Committee report on the election points to other reasons — like changing demographics …
Darlene Hill / Chicago News and Weather:
Jackson Jr. won't resign until he gets disability pay: EXCLUSIVE  —  Sources tell FOX 32 News that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is willing to give up his 2nd Congressional District seat if he's given disability when he steps down.  —  Jackson Jr. was re-elected to his tenth term but last month …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Captions Footage Of Illegal Border Crossings With ‘The Hispanic Vote’  —  Since Mitt Romney lost the Hispanic vote in record numbers on Election Day, some Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits have openly conceded that the party has a “rhetoric” problem when it comes …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Lessons of Defeat for the GOP  —  Everything from the ground game to the date of the next convention needs to be re-examined.  —  The GOP is undergoing the type of re-examination that occurs whenever a party loses.  That useful exercise should be guided by facts.  Here is some of what we know.
Discussion: Capital New York
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS Never Filed Legally Required Registration  —  When Karl Rove's Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) formed in 2010, it established its official address in Warrenton, VA, and registered with the Internal Revenue Service a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “social welfare organization.”
Discussion: Addicting Info
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rubio gently rebuts Romney  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gently distanced himself from Mitt Romney's comments that “gifts” to targeted voting blocs helped turn the election for President Barack Obama.  —  The potential 2016 hopeful told POLITICO that he hadn't seen the full context of Romney's comments …
Discussion: The Fix and Daily Kos
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama's Persuasion Army  —  The president has finally made the permanent campaign a reality.  —  Two days after the election, a friend told me that because he has an Asian surname, he was inundated for months with emails from liberal Asian groups urging him to vote for Barack Obama.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Is it game over for Grover Norquist?  —  The anti-tax activist's grip on power, even in the GOP, has never been weaker — just as he faces a critical test  —  Two meetings in Washington today tell the story of the decline of Grover Norquist, the conservative activist who is seeing …
 
 
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Spencer Kent / New Jersey Online:
Man admits he committed voter fraud to make a point, now being investigated by Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Assess What Obama Can Accomplish in Next Term
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and CNN
Alexander Burns / Politico:
McAuliffe taps Mook, Stoney to lead campaign
Discussion: The Fix
Micah Cohen / New York Times:
Gay Support Buoyed Obama
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Miraculous Recovery by Injured Gaza Man?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Right Scoop
BuzzFeed:
Israeli Prime Minster Deletes Tweet Thanking Obama
Discussion: WorldViews
Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
Cybersecurity Bill Killed, Paving Way for Executive Order
Ron Meyer / CNSNews:
If Every Food Stamp Recipient Voted For Obama, It Would Account For 75% Of His Total
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Two BP workers face criminal charges from 2010 spill: source
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Karl Rove addresses big crowd in Erie
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Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
High-Ranking GOP Senator Advances UN Gun Conspiracy Theory
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Tax Math
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What Has Movement Conservatism Accomplished in the Last 15 Years?
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