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5:35 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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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 …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Colorlines
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Romney To Meet With Obama Thursday
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
For Obama and Romney, Lunch at the White House
CNN:
Obama to meet with Romney Thursday
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.
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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?
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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Sara Murray / Washington Wire:   Sen. Collins Would Prefer Kerry as Secretary of State
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Five Different Reasons Why Susan Rice's Benghazi Talking Points Were Edited
Discussion: CNN, Foreign Policy and Weasel Zippers
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ABCNEWS:
Source: Obama Officials, Lawmakers Set for Talks
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid Called Filibuster Reform He Now Supports ‘Illegal’ and ‘Un-American’
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.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Towleroad News #gay
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Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
The No-Tax-Hike Pledge Is an IQ Test for Republicans  —  Eugene Robinson is one of the group-think columnists at the Washington Post.  Like E.J. Dionne, he is an utterly predictable proponent of big government.  So it won't surprise you to know that he wants taxes to go up and he's a big fan of Obama's class-warfare agenda.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and msnbc.com
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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 …
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.
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Jordan Fabian / ABCNEWS:
Education Secretary Arne Duncan Says No To Secretary Of State
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Problems With a Reporter's Facebook Posts, and a Possible Solution  —  Start with a reporter who likes to be responsive to readers, is spontaneous and impressionistic in her personal writing style, and not especially attuned to how casual comments may be received in a highly politicized setting.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Silicon Valley, Technology Talent Gap Threatens G.O.P. Campaigns  —  SAN FRANCISCO - I live in Brooklyn, where President Obama won 81 percent of the vote earlier this month.  It's hard to find anywhere in the country that is more Democratic-leaning.  —  But San Francisco qualifies.
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.
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 …
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) …
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 …
 
 
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Michael Doyle / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
In suicide epidemic, military wrestles with prosecuting troops who attempt it
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Patience: Just What the Doctor Ordered (For Deficit Reduction)
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Feds believe Jesse Jackson Jr. got tip about probe into his finances
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Costco special dividend to beat fiscal cliff
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