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3:55 PM ET, November 15, 2012

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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
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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 …
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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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
Discussion: WCSH-TV and The Raw Story
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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Chris Baltimore / Reuters:
Two BP workers face criminal charges from 2010 spill: source  —  (Reuters) - Two BP Plc (BP.L) employees face criminal indictments for their part in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and charges could be unveiled as early as Thursday, a source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats say deficit package must include stimulus  —  Senate Democrats, feeling confident from their net gain of two seats in last week's election, say any deficit-reduction package negotiated in the coming weeks must include stimulus measures.  —  They have yet to decide which prime …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:   Murray: Can't guarantee 2014 budget
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.”
Nathaniel Persily / Campaign Stops:
Is the Voting Rights Act Doomed?  —  DOES the re-election of the first black president mean the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is unnecessary and perhaps unconstitutional?  The Supreme Court's decision last week to consider a constitutional challenge to a key section of the act suggests …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Ron Meyer / CNSNews:
If Every Food Stamp Recipient Voted For Obama, It Would Account For 75% Of His Total  —  If all 47 million food stamp recipients voted for President Obama, it would account for 75.4 percent of Obama's 62.3 million votes.  —  Harry Hopkins, FDR's close adviser who ran the non-defunct Works …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Benghazi: A Conspiracy Theory With No Conceivable Motive  —  Matt Steinglass makes a point about the whole Benghazi “coverup” narrative that I didn't have space to make in my post yesterday.  He agrees that Susan Rice did nothing wrong, but says there's more to it:
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.
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:
 
 
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Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
Cybersecurity Bill Killed, Paving Way for Executive Order
Politico:
For House GOP, millionaire tax isn't off the table
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Timothybella / CBS DC:
Census: U.S. Poverty Rate Spikes, Nearly 50 Million Americans Affected
John Guerriero / Erie Daily Times-Morning News:
Karl Rove addresses big crowd in Erie
Discussion: Mediaite and Taegan Goddard's …
Elizabeth Warren / The Huffington Post:
The First Week in January … Elizabeth Warren , Congress …
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Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama's Persuasion Army
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Yes, Banks Are Paying “Penalties” in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement With Other People's Money
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Economy, Entitlements, Iran Are Americans' Top Priorities
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Terms of service [updated]
David Weigel / Slate:
Steve King: Let's Not Worry About the Hispanic Vote
Discussion: Washington Post and Ballot Box
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
What Has Movement Conservatism Accomplished in the Last 15 Years?
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