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10:35 AM ET, November 14, 2012

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Politico:
Hard questions await Obama at news conference  —  This is not what the White House wanted for President Barack Obama's first news conference of his second term.  —  He won't be able to dwell much on his stronger-than-expected victory or even press his agenda for the next four years.
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Krauthammer: White House 'Held Affair Over Petraeus's Head' For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi  —  Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday said the White House used David Petraeus's affair to get the CIA director to give testimony about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi …
Fox News:
Petraeus agrees to testify on Libya before congressional committees  —  Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify about the Libya terror attack before the House and Senate intelligence committees, Fox News has learned.  —  Petraeus had originally been scheduled to testify …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Jill Kelley claims ‘honorary’ diplomatic status  —  Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of scandals swirling around Gens.  David Petraeus and John Allen, tried to invoke what she claimed was honorary diplomatic status in a 911 call complaining about trespassers on her lawn.
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Who's doing who in the Obama team's sex scandals: A handy guide
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Tara McKelvey / The Atlantic Online:
The Writer and the General: What the Petraeus Affair Exposed About D.C.
Investor's Business Daily:
Look Who's Refusing To Compromise To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff  —  Budget Talks: If President Obama wants to get a deficit deal done to avoid the fiscal cliff, his biggest challenge won't be Republicans, but his own hard-core left-wing supporters.  —  Two days after the election …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:   Obama Appeals To Activist Base For Help With Fiscal Cliff
Ryan Tracy / Washington Wire:
Gov. O'Malley to GOP: Remove Tea Party ‘Stench’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Eschaton
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi to stay on as House minority leader  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will remain atop the Democratic caucus for at least two more years, her office announced Wednesday.  —  Pelosi will remain the most vocal liberal voice in Congress opposing the Republican agenda …
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Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Pelosi To Stay On As Minority Leader  —  The House minority leader meets with her caucus and puts the rumors to rest.  —  Image by Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a packed Caucus meeting on Wednesday morning that …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Truthdig
Washington Post:
Obama to open talks with $1.6 trillion plan to raise taxes on corporations, wealthy
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ryan: It ‘Looked Like We Stood A Pretty Good Chance Of Winning’ On Election Day  —  In an interview with WISN 12 News in Milwaukee on Monday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted that he and Mitt Romney were indeed caught off guard by the results of last week's election, claiming …
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John R. Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Paul Ryan Exclusive: Obama Lacks Mandate to Raise Taxes
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Majority Supports Path to Citizenship; Greater Division on Other Social Issues  —  Most Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, an issue that may be high on the agenda of newly re-elected President Obama and the 113th Congress, given the increased importance of nonwhites …
BuzzFeed:
A Mormon Reporter On The Romney Bus  —  On the night of the South Carolina Republican primary in January, I sat near the front of a dark campaign press bus, and listened to reporters talk about Mitt Romney's underwear.  —  Earlier in the day, one of them had happened upon the candidate …
Discussion: GOP 12
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Relationship between Boehner, McConnell faces tough test  —  The relationship between House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) will be tested in the months ahead as political forces pull them in different directions.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Carol Marin / Chicago Sun Times:
Emanuel downplays eavesdrop act  —  Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at a Monday news conference, didn't like questions about whether his press office had recorded reporters' conversations without first seeking their consent.  —  That's a big no-no under the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, one of the toughest two-party consent laws in the country.
Andrew Kohut / Wall Street Journal:
Misreading Election 2012  —  The GOP might be out of step with some voters, but Mitt Romney was an unusually unpopular party standard-bearer.  —  Postelection talk of “lessons learned” is often exaggerated and misleading, and so it is in 2012.  —  A week after President Obama won re-election, two themes are dominant.
Reuters:
Anti-austerity strikes sweep Europe  —  (Reuters) - Police and protesters clashed in Spain on Wednesday as millions of workers went on strike across Europe to protest spending cuts they say have made the economic crisis worse.  —  Hundreds of flights were cancelled, car factories and ports …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
ABC Affiliate: ‘All Up In My Snatch’ Petraeus Book Graphic A ‘Mistake’  —  Today in adventures in television news: graphics gone wrong.  An ABC affiliate in Denver, Colo., said it was a “mistake” to run an image of Paula Broadwell's David Petraeus biography that listed the title as …
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EndPlay / TheDenverChannel.com:
Photoshopped book title from Paula Broadwell's Gen. David Petraeus' biography goes viral on web
 
 
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Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Diluting the future: Republicans did poorly among Hispanics last week.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
US deficit was $120 billion in October
Phoebe Greenwood / Telegraph:
Syrian rebels seize territory north of Golan Heights
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weasel Zippers
Slavoj iek / Guardian:
Why Obama is more than Bush with a human face | Slavoj iek
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Michael Cohen / Guardian:
General Petraeus' fatal flaw: not his affair, but the Afghan surge
Joshua Davis / Wired:
Audio: McAfee, Still in Hiding, Predicts ‘They Will Track Me Down’
Discussion: National Updates and Gizmodo
New York Times:
Drug Compounders Get Help on Capitol Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Colbert's super-PAC files termination paperwork with FEC
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
‘A lot of energy’ in Obama's meeting at White House with liberal groups
Media Decoder:
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Discussion: BuzzFeed, Guardian, Tucson Weekly and Gawker
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona Republicans Sue To Block Ballots In Latino Precinct
Wesley P. Hester / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Allen reflects on failed Senate bid; won't run again
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
W.H. Petition Calls for Stripping Citizenship and Exile for Anyone Who Signs Petition to Secede
NationalJournal.com:
GOP Grapples With Embarrassing Polling Failures
Discussion: Daily Kos and GOP 12
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Is It Time to Roll Up the Welcome Mat Here?