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3:40 PM ET, November 27, 2012

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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.
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Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Republican Senators Still “Troubled” After Meeting With Susan Rice  —  Ayotte says she will hold the nomination until all of her questions have been answered.  A harsher tone from the GOP after recent hedging.  —  Image by J. Scott Applewhite / AP  —  WASHINGTON — A trio …
Discussion: Guardian, National Review and Marbury
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   After Benghazi Meeting, 3 Republicans Say Concerns Grow
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Rice fails to convince Republican senators on Benghazi attack
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and Nice Deb
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Associated Press:
China's Communist Party newspaper falls for Onion story about Kim Jong Un
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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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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Tom Ricks: Fox News ‘is making it up’  —  Author Tom Ricks on Tuesday said Fox News is “making it up” that he apologized after slamming the network during an on-air interview as “operating as a wing of the Republican Party” and hyping Benghazi for political reasons.
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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.
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.
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Attorney General Suggests Obama Stole The Election … Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) told a radio host he completely agreed with her assertion that investigations are needed to determine why President Obama lost “every one” of the states with photo identification requirements for voting, yet won re-election.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Laura Ingraham: ‘Wobbly’ GOP Can ‘Look Forward To A 2014 Wipeout’ If They Raise Taxes Without Cuts  —  On Tuesday, Laura Ingraham lashed out at Congressional Republicans who have indicated publically that they would be willing to waiver on their pledge to not raise taxes in the wake of President Barack Obama's reelection.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP plans public push against tax hikes on businesses
Discussion: Politico
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
The Next Mitt Romney  —  Jeb was neutral.  —  Say again, neutral.  —  As Ronald Reagan might say, there he went again.  —  What was Jeb Bush neutral about?  —  The choice between liberal Charlie Crist and conservative Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination for United States Senator from Florida.
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Betsy Z. Russell / Idaho Statesman:
Idaho lawmaker shares ‘last chance’ idea to elect Romney  —  A state senator from north-central Idaho is touting a scheme that's been circulating on tea party blogs, calling for states that supported Mitt Romney to refuse to participate in the Electoral College in a move backers believe would change the election result.
Discussion: Daily Kos and msnbc.com
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
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.
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.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Internet's Best Terrible Person Goes to Jail: Can a Reviled Master Troll Become a Geek Hero?  —  On a gray Wednesday morning in October, the car headed west on the Lincoln Highway Bridge hit 100 miles per hour and I started to worry it might hurtle off into the tangle of rusted …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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: Addicting Info
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 …
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Martha Coakley's got it made on road to Corner Office  —  She is the woman who couldn't beat Scott Brown, but now she's the Democrats' best hope to keep the governor's office in 2014.  —  Don't laugh, but that woman is Attorney General Martha Coakley.  —  Lt. Gov. Tim Murray?  Treasurer Steve Grossman?
Discussion: Election 2012
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Republican senators introduce alternate DREAM Act legislation  —  Sens. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) on Tuesday introduced an alternative bill to the DREAM Act that would allow undocumented immigrants brought here as children to stay in the U.S. without an expedited pathway to citizenship.
Discussion: Politico
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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