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3:15 PM ET, November 15, 2012

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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 …
Barton Gellman / TIME:
Spyfall: The Petraeus Scandal's Impact on National Security
Discussion: Business Insider and The Greenroom
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.
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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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
McCain Skipped A Briefing On Benghazi To Hold A Press Conference
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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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.
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
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.
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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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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David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement:
Fischer: GOP Must ‘Clamp Down’ On Hispanics Who Are ‘Socialists By Nature’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hullabaloo
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
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.”
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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Nathaniel Persily / Campaign Stops:
Is the Voting Rights Act Doomed?
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:
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 …
Bobby Jindal / CNN:
How Republicans can win future elections  —  Editor's note: Bobby Jindal, a Republican, is governor of Louisiana.  —  (CNN) — In the aftermath of the presidential election, Republicans have been inundated with advice to moderate, equivocate, and even abandon their core principles …
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.
Elizabeth Warren / The Huffington Post:
The First Week in January … Elizabeth Warren , Congress , 113th Congress , Elizabeth Warren Senate , Filibuster , Filibuster Reform , Politics News  —  I'm honored to serve the people of Massachusetts in the United States Senate, and I'm grateful for everything you've done to help send me to Washington.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Daily Kos
 
 
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John Guerriero / Erie Daily Times-Morning News:
Karl Rove addresses big crowd in Erie
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Live Coverage of the Washington Ideas Forum, Day II
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama's Persuasion Army
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney slams Romney ‘gifts’ critique as being ‘at odds’ with election results
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Garett Jones / EconLog:
Which hurts more in the short run, tax hikes or spending cuts?
Discussion: National Review
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Terms of service [updated]
David Weigel / Slate:
Steve King: Let's Not Worry About the Hispanic Vote
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
What Has Movement Conservatism Accomplished in the Last 15 Years?
Reuters:
Euro zone falls into second recession since 2009
 

 
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