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8:15 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.
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 …
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
John McCain Supported Condi Rice After Massive Intelligence Failure
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 …
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Politico:
Jindal rejects Romney's ‘gifts’ theory
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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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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The Seattle Times:
Shirtless FBI agent: Photo was joke emailed to friends, reporter
Discussion: New York Magazine and BuzzFeed
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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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Simon Plosker / HonestReporting:
Exposed: Pallywood Returns to Gaza  —  What happens when the cameras turn up at the scene of an airstrike in Gaza and there simply aren't enough Palestinian dead and injured to produce dramatic footage that can be used against Israel in the international media?  We've seen it before.
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Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Miraculous Recovery by Injured Gaza Man?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Right Scoop
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 …
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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: HUD Secretary to head post-Sandy rebuilding efforts  —  President Obama announced Thursday he was appointing Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as the administration's point person for rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy after a tour of some of the areas …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: Donovan to take on recovery role
Discussion: CNN
Spencer Kent / New Jersey Online:
Man admits he committed voter fraud to make a point, now being investigated by Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office  —  FAIRFIELD TWP.  — The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office is investigating a man from Fairfield Township who admitted to voting twice on Election Day in order to prove that the local voting process is flawed.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Micah Cohen / New York Times:
Gay Support Buoyed Obama  —  While President Obama's lopsided support among Latino and other minority voters has been a focus of postelection analysis, the overwhelming support he received from another growing demographic group — Americans who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual — has received much less attention.
BuzzFeed:
Israeli Prime Minster Deletes Tweet Thanking Obama  —  The campaign Twitter account for the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted, then quickly deleted a statement thanking President Obama for his support.  “Wouldn't give it any significance,” a spokesman responds.  —  Andrew Kaczynski
Discussion: Israel Matzav and WorldViews
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 …
 
 
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