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1:20 PM ET, November 15, 2012

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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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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 …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Republicans Return Romney's Parting Gift (The Note)  —  By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter)  —  NOTABLES:  — UNMASKED — THE AGENT WHO LAUNCHED THE PETRAEUS PROBE: ABC's Brian Ross reports for “Good Morning America” that the FBI agent who launched the probe was identified overnight.
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Romney reflects on his loss in call with campaign donors
CNN:
Petraeus: I did not pass classified info  —  (CNN) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, in conversations with an HLN journalist, insisted that his resignation had nothing to do with his scheduled testimony about the September attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
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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” …
James Nye / Daily Mail:
Revealed: FBI Agent Shirtless, the man who emailed topless pictures of himself to socialite Jill Kelley …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Andrew Napolitano / Reason:
Silencing General Petraeus
Politico:
Benghazi inquiry sparks Hill turf battle
Discussion: Business Insider and Corrente
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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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
GOP chief: Mystery black voters  —  The head of Maine's Republican Party is claiming unknown groups of black people showed up in the state's towns and cast ballots on election day.  —  “In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day …
Krister Rollins / WCSH-TV:
Maine GOP Chair Charlie Webster discusses GOP legislative losses  —  Webster won praise in 2010 for engineering the Republican takeover of the Maine Legislature - the first total GOP control in Maine in forty years.  But last week, Democrats won back control of the House and Senate by decisive margins …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Maine GOP Head Suspects Voter Fraud Because ‘Dozens, Dozens Of Black People’ Voted
Discussion: Gawker and Mock, Paper, Scissors
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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James Nye / Daily Mail:
Denny's to charge 5% ‘Obamacare surcharge’ and cut employee hours to deal with cost of legislation  —  President Obama's election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power - but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
McCain Skipped A Briefing On Benghazi To Hold A Press Conference  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is demanding a special select committee to investigate the events leading up to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya and has held around-the-clock television appearances pressing for a complete review of the incident.
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David Weigel / Slate:
John McCain's Long War Against Susan Rice
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.
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.”
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BBC:
Gaza rocket fire kills three Israelis
Discussion: Truthdig and Biased BBC
New York Times:
Attacks Resume After Israeli Assault Kills Hamas Leader
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Tax Math  —  We're beginning to think he wants to go over the cliff this year.  —  'You know, the math tends not to work," declared President Obama at his Wednesday press conference, as part of his explanation for why closing tax loopholes for the wealthy wouldn't provide enough revenue for a budget deal.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Republicans say they will not back down
Discussion: Politico
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
High-Ranking GOP Senator Advances UN Gun Conspiracy Theory  —  Speaking to 1290 KWFS-AM in Texas, the chief GOP vote counter claimed that the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, an attempt to regulate the international spread of weapons to deadly conflict zones, was a U.N. plot to take control of gun regulation:
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Yes, Banks Are Paying “Penalties” in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement With Other People's Money  —  This one offers a bit of vindication.  I cannot tell you how much grief I got from “official sources” over the clear reality that banks would be able to pay off their penalties in the foreclosure fraud settlement with investor money.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
What Has Movement Conservatism Accomplished in the Last 15 Years?  —  The list isn't nearly as long as its boosters would have us think.  —  Flickr/Secret Pilgrim  —  Try as I might, I still can't find any evidence of Jonah Goldberg's claim that conservatives are the best at rigorously examining their own dogma.
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 …
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.
 
 
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