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3:55 PM ET, November 28, 2012

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Stuart Stevens / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: A good man.  The right fight.  —  Over the years, one of the more troubling characteristics of the Democratic Party and the left in general has been a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing.  It would be a shame if we Republicans took a narrow presidential loss …
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Melinda Henneberger / She The People:
Tom Ricks to MSNBC: You're just like Fox, only not as good at it … Most of those chortling over Tom Ricks's highly unusual ninety seconds on Fox News this week were wowed by the way he spoke liberal truth to conservative power, informing his astonished interviewer, Jon Scott …
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Top Romney Adviser Brags About Losing Poor, Minority Voters To Obama  —  Mitt Romney can take some solace in his devastating loss on Nov. 6: at least he won the voters who really count.  —  That's the thesis anyway of top adviser Stuart Stevens, who penned an op-ed in the Washington Post …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney To Meet With Obama Thursday  —  No cameras allowed.  —  Image by Jason Reed / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Defeated Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have lunch with President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow, the administration announced Wednesday.
CNN:
Obama to meet with Romney Thursday
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
For Obama and Romney, Lunch at the White House
David Weigel / Slate:
Romney at 47 Percent  —  It seemed only fair to Mitt Romney to wait on this one.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Boehner shoots down proposal to agree to Obama tax demand  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other top Republicans on Wednesday shot down a proposal by a senior GOP lawmaker that the House agree to President Obama's demand to extend current tax rates for the middle class.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Cole: Join with Obama on quick deal  —  Republican Rep. Tom Cole urged colleagues in a private session Tuesday to vote to extend the Bush tax rates for all but the highest earners before the end of the year — and to battle over the rest later.  —  The Oklahoma Republican said in an interview …
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Grover Norquist: No GOP fingerprints on fiscal cliff tax hikes  —  Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said Wednesday that Republicans need to have “credible” separation from any tax hike as part of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff — in order to make a case to voters …
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
John Boehner Signals No Softening On Taxes In Fiscal Cliff Standoff … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Darrell Issa, John Boehner, Budget 2012, John Boehner, Video, Tom Cole, Barack Obama Fiscal Cliff, Darrell Issa Fiscal Cliff, Darrell Issa Taxes, Fiscal Cliff, John Boehner Fiscal Cliff, John Boehner Taxes, Politics News
Tom Cohen / CNN:
GOP divide over Obama tax plan goes public
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Patrick J. Buchanan / Human Events:
WHO'S AFRAID OF THE FISCAL CLIFF?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Majority Now Against Gov't Healthcare Guarantee  —  Views of healthcare system overall more positive in some respects  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage.
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Patience: Just What the Doctor Ordered (For Deficit Reduction)
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
Hope and Exchange  —  The feds blame the states for refusing …
Discussion: Hot Air
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Make Up Turned Break Up  —  Are the Republican senators unreasonable?  Or is the secretary of state-manqué undiplomatic?  Did the senators sandbag Susan Rice?  Or did Rice further inflame a tense situation?  Is it a case of shooting the messenger and playing politics?
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Sen. Isakson on Rice: 'You don't want to shoot the messenger'
Discussion: Politico, CNN and ABCNEWS
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Five Different Reasons Why Susan Rice's Benghazi Talking Points Were Edited
Discussion: CNN, Foreign Policy and Weasel Zippers
Tiffany Gabbay / TheBlaze.com:
YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT GLENN BECK DID TO AN OBAMA BOBBLEHEAD DURING HIS SHOW ON TUESDAY  —  UPDATE: Ebay, the online marketplace where Glenn Beck put his Obama creation up for auction for charity, has now pulled the ad.  At it's last bidding around 11:00 a.m. ET, the bid for the Obama doll in the jar was up to $11,300.
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Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
When Work Is Punished: The Tragedy Of America's Welfare State  —  Exactly two years ago, some of the more politically biased progressive media outlets (who are quite adept at creating and taking down their own strawmen arguments, if not quite as adept at using an abacus, let alone a calculator) …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
John Heilemann Makes Lindsey Graham Joke on ‘Morning Joe;’ Edited Out of 8am Reair  —  Just after 6am, on “Morning Joe” this morning, Joe, Mika and guest John Heilemann were talking about yesterday's New York Times article about “the three amigos” Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama On Filibuster Reform: White House Embraces Harry Reid's Rule Changes … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Harry Reid , Barack Obama , White House, Congress, Barack Obama , Video, Obama Harry Reid, White House Filibuster Reform, Filibuster, Filibuster Reform, Harry Reid Filibuster Reform …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
My Secretary of State  —  President Obama is assembling his new national security team, with Senator John Kerry possibly heading for the Pentagon and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice the perceived front-runner to become secretary of state.  Kerry is an excellent choice for defense.
Nathan Harden / The College Fix:
How much would you pay for 1 hour with Sandra Fluke?  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sandra Fluke, noted advocate for government-subsidized birth control, is auctioning off one hour of her time for an online “strategy session” at the site BiddingForGood.com.  —  According to the auction page …
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
No one reported shot, stabbed or slashed in New York City on Monday, police sources say  —  Neither Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne nor other officials could remember the last time a day ended with three zeros.  It likely didn't happen in 1990, when the city logged a record 2,245 murders …
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
House GOP Committee Chairs Will All Be White Men In Next Congress … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Republican Party, Video, House Committee Chairs, House Committee Chairmen, Republican Party Minorities, Republicans Minorities, Boehner Committee Chairs, House Committees, Minorities …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Rick Warren: Being Gay Is Like ‘Punching A Guy In The Nose’ Or Consuming Arsenic  —  Megachurch pastor Rick Warren remains as ill-informed on gay identity as ever.  Unfazed by the notion that there may be a biological cause for homosexuality, Warren told Piers Morgan on CNN this week that acting …
Kbh / Keith Hennessey:
The President is bluffing  —  I think the President is bluffing on his veto threat.  —  Conventional wisdom: To achieve his desired fiscal policy outcome (big tax rate increases on the rich), the President is willing to risk tax increases on all income tax filers.
 
 
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