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12:45 PM ET, November 27, 2012

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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Is Grover Finally Over?  —  I once took a long train ride with Grover Norquist.  This wasn't intentional.  We found ourselves next to each other on the line to board an Acela from Washington, D.C., to New York, and we fell into a conversation, by which I mean that he did a great deal of talking …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Grover Norquist to Peter King: Don't be a ‘weasel’  —  Anti-tax hike crusader Grover Norquist is slamming Rep. Peter King, saying he hopes “his wife understands that commitments last a little longer than two years” after the New York lawmaker said the no-taxes pledge is binding for only one session of Congress.
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and the Tax Pledge  —  Grover Norquist is not the problem in Washington.  —  One of the more amazing post-election spectacles is the media celebration of Republicans who say they're willing to repudiate their pledge against raising taxes.  So the same folks who like to denounce politicians …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP plans public push against tax hikes on businesses  —  President Obama won't be the only one hitting the campaign trail to push his deficit plan to avert the fiscal cliff.  —  House Republicans are planning their own campaign-style events to argue against Obama's insistence …
Discussion: Politico
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Exec VP: Guest Who Slammed Network Apologized - But Not Publicly  —  UPDATED: Author Tom Ricks accused the network of “hyped” Benghazi coverage; Fox News' Michael Clemente says Ricks apologized but “doesn't have the strength of character to do that publicly.”  Ricks disputes.
Wall Street Journal:
Cox and Archer: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt  —  Hiding the government's liabilities from the public makes it seem that we can tax our way out of mounting deficits.  We can't.  —  A decade and a half ago, both of us served on President Clinton's Bipartisan Commission …
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Politics in Play Over Safety Net in Deficit Talks
Washington Post:
Marijuana's foot in the door  —  SMALL-TIME MARIJUANA use will soon be legal in Colorado and Washington state.  Sort of.  —  This month voters in those states approved ballot measures permitting possession of up to an ounce of pot.  But the federal government has not changed its policy, which labels the drug an illegal substance.
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Scott Wong / Politico:
Senators ‘troubled’ after Rice talk  —  Sen. John McCain and two other GOP senators said they were “significantly troubled” after a private meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about her erroneous explanation of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Discussion: Power Line
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Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Republican Senators Still “Troubled” After Meeting With Susan Rice
Discussion: Guardian and Marbury
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Most-Racial America  —  Antiwhite bigotry goes mainstream.  —  “Everytime [sic] I think the Democratic race card players could not get more vile, more deranged, more patronizingly demeaning to blacks, someone manages to defy even my vivid imagination,” thunders blogger William Jacobson.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans rate W.H. response to Benghazi attack and Petraeus resignation  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans are giving the White House low marks for how it's handled the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus, according to a new national survey.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Epistemic Closure of the Epistemic Closure Pundits  —  Not THAT again.  —  More “right-wing epistemic closure” rhetoric.  It's all the rage these days in the wake of Mitt Romney's loss (keeping a large House majority and gaining in the States conveniently is ignored or belittled).
Discussion: American Power
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Kate Pickert / TIME:
Who Should Be TIME's Person of the Year 2012?  —  As always, TIME's editors will choose the Person of the Year, but that doesn't mean readers shouldn't have their say.  Cast your vote for the person you think most influenced the news this year for better or worse.
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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
TIME HONORS SANDRA FLUKE AS ‘PERSON OF THE YEAR’ FINALIST
DailyTelegraph:
Germany to ban sex with animals: report  —  THE German government is about to reintroduce a ban on bestiality, after pressure from animal welfare groups.  —  Newspaper die Tageszeitung reports that the governing coalition are soon to amend the country's Animal Welfare Act to make sex …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
City Is Amassing Trove of Cellphone Logs  —  When a cellphone is reported stolen in New York, the Police Department routinely subpoenas the phone's call records, from the day of the theft onward.  The logic is simple: If a thief uses the phone, a list of incoming and outgoing calls could lead to the suspect.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
New federal building to be named for Tip O'Neill  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday a proposal to rename a Capitol Hill federal building undergoing renovation after the man who held their top leadership period …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Rick Ungar / Forbes:
The U.S. Supreme Court Allows New Challenge To Obamacare To Go Forward  —  Under the heading of “it's not over until it's over”, the United States Supreme Court has vacated a decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, ordering the appellate court to hear arguments on the constitutionality …
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court revives challenge to President Obama's healthcare law
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Prairie Weather
Marton Dunai / Reuters:
Anger as Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews  —  (Reuters) - A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a “national security risk”, stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Algemeiner.com
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Dems Defend Filibuster Reform Effort: ‘McConnell Has Broken The Social Contract’  —  On the Senate floor Monday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell railed against his counterpart, Harry Reid, and a “cohort of short-sighted Senate sophomores,” for proposing to modify …
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Fox Host: People Who Died In Walmart Factory Fire Were Thankful For Their Jobs  —  The 129 Bangladeshis who died in a fire caused by poor fire safety conditions in their garment factory should be thankful for their jobs, according to Fox Business host Charles Payne.
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Enclaves, Long Gated, Seek to Let In Storm Aid  —  Sea Gate looks the same as many storm-scattered waterfront communities do.  Home after home torn apart by the ocean.  Streets filled with sand.  Shattered sidewalks and clogged sewers.  A sea wall, which had already been inadequate …
 
 
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The Internet's Best Terrible Person Goes to Jail: Can a Reviled Master Troll Become a Geek Hero?
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Santorum's new cause: opposing the disabled
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
State Department Warns On “Criminalization Of Homosexuality” In Uganda
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Japan Expands Its Regional Military Role
Philip Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Single Moms Can't Be Scapegoated for the Murder Rate Anymore
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Michael Doyle / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Grape growers can sue USDA as Supreme Court stays out of the fight
Ian Black / Guardian:
Britain ready to back Palestinian statehood at UN
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Mortgage Interest Deduction, Once a Sacred Cow, Is Under Scrutiny
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Romney's final share of the vote? You guessed it: 47 percent.
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
France's conservative party splits into two
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sen. Inhofe: Obama has an ‘obsession’ with tax hikes
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
McGurn: How Obama's ‘Life of Julia’ Prevailed
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Same-sex case ruling favors gay employee
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