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1:45 PM ET, November 15, 2012

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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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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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Jindal: ‘Absolutely reject’ Romney's explanation of loss
Discussion: Hit & Run and Talking Points Memo
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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Andrew Napolitano / Reason:
Silencing General Petraeus  —  No keen observer could believe the government's Pollyanna version of these events.  —  The evidence that Gen. David Petraeus, formerly the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the author of the current Army field manual, Princeton Ph.D. and, until last week …
New York Times:
Frederick Humphries, F.B.I. Agent in Petraeus Case
James Nye / Daily Mail:
Revealed: FBI Agent Shirtless, the man who emailed topless pictures of himself to socialite Jill Kelley …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:   GOP chief: Mystery black voters
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.”
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:
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.
Xinhua News Agency:
World leaders, parties congratulate Xi on election as CPC chief  —  Leaders of countries and political parties across the globe sent congratulatory messages Thursday to Xi Jinping on his election as general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney slams Romney ‘gifts’ critique as being ‘at odds’ with election results  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney blasted Mitt Romney's statement that the president had prevailed in last week's election because of “gifts” given by the administration to black, Hispanic and young voters …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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 …
Reuters:
Euro zone falls into second recession since 2009  —  (Reuters) - The debt crisis dragged the euro zone into its second recession since 2009 in the third quarter despite modest growth in Germany and France, data showed on Thursday.  —  The two leading economies both managed 0.2 percent growth in the July-to-September period.
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.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Terms of service [updated]  —  YouTube has removed the 10-second IDF video of the pinpoint strike on Hamas terrorist commander Ahmed Jabari yesterday.  The IDF had posted the video in its excellent Twitter feed providing real time information and updates on its ongoing operation.  —  The video was posted here.
 
 
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