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9:25 AM ET, November 15, 2012


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Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney Blames Loss on Obama's ‘Gifts’ to Minorities and Young Voters  —  Saying that he and his team still felt “troubled” by his loss to President Obama, Mitt Romney on Wednesday attributed his defeat in part to what he called big policy “gifts” that the president had bestowed …
Jindal rejects Romney's ‘gifts’ theory  —  LAS VEGAS — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal forcefully rejected Mitt Romney's claim that he lost because of President Barack Obama's “gifts” to minorities and young voters.  —  Asked about the failed GOP nominee's reported comments on a conference call …
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Romney reflects on his loss in call with campaign donors  —  The stage from Mitt Romney's election gathering at the Boston Convention Center, left standing overnight following his electoral defeat.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times / November 7, 2012)  —  Mitt Romney told his top donors Wednesday …
New York Times:
Frederick Humphries, F.B.I. Agent in Petraeus Case  —  By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, SCOTT SHANE and ALAIN DELAQUÉRIÈRE  —  DOVER, Fla. — The F.B.I. agent who helped start the investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director is a “hard-charging” …
Wall Street Journal:
In Final Days, Petraeus Hurt by Libya Clash, Then Affair  —  WASHINGTON—In David Petraeus's final days at the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency, his relations with chiefs of other U.S. agencies, including his boss, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, took a contentious turn.
Discussion: Hot Air and emptywheel
David Weigel / Slate:
John McCain's Long War Against Susan Rice  —  From left, Sens. Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, and John McCain at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday  —  You probably don't need the lesson, but here's how the filibuster works.  A nomination or bill is produced.
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Sen. Graham Responds To Obama: I Hold You ‘Ultimately Responsible’ For Benghazi
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Details Battle Lines in Budget Plan
New York Times:
Transcript of President Obama's Press Conference
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Obama defends Susan Rice from McCain attacks
Washington Post:   President Obama's news conference in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012 (Full Transcript)
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Top Georgia GOP Lawmakers Host Briefing on Secret Obama Mind-Control Plot  —  President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as “Delphi” to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Republicans say they will not back down  —  Congressional leaders took a hard line on taxes ahead of a meeting Friday at the White House, with rank-and-file Republicans expressing opposition to a “fiscal cliff” deal that would bring in more revenue to the government.
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:   Obama Presses For Higher Taxes, But Adds Caveats
China names conservative, older leadership  —  (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party unveiled an older, conservative leadership line-up on Thursday that appears unlikely to take the drastic action needed to tackle pressing issues like social unrest, environmental degradation and corruption.
Discussion: Shanghaiist and Guardian
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Ending Congress, China Presents New Leadership Headed by Xi Jinping
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Changing Times  —  When people talked during the presidential campaign about the potential impact of the election on the Supreme Court, most meant the impact on the court's membership: whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would get to fill any vacancies during the next four years.
Jerusalem Post:
UNSC divided on response to Gaza operation  —  Following divisive emergency meeting to discuss Israeli strikes in Gaza, Ban merely expresses “concern” over attacks.  —  The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday night to discuss Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip but took no action …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Texas rep. nominates Gingrich for Speaker  —  Former Speaker and failed presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was nominated for the position of Speaker on Wednesday by conservative Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas).  There was no second.  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
GOP Lawmaker Nominates Newt Gingrich For Speaker
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Obama says climate change to take backseat to economy  —  Climate change will take a backseat to efforts to boost the economy in the near term, but the issue would return to the agenda in the future, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.  —  The president, who won an endorsement …
Discussion: Right Wing News and DeSmogBlog
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:   Obama Wants ‘Conversation’ on Climate Change
Fox News:
Latino Poverty Rate Climbs to 28%  —  While Latinos are gaining in political clout, they are also falling down the economic ladder, new Census numbers show.  —  Latinos poverty rates climbed to 28 percent after the census reconfigured its algorithm to take into account medical costs and government programs.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans' election lesson is to work on fielding better candidates  —  Senate Republicans spent much of Wednesday behind closed doors as they pondered strategies for overcoming last week's dismal performance at the polls.  —  The emerging consensus: They need better candidates.
Discussion: Politico
AVoiceforMen / Blog Talk Radio:
A Voice for Men: Tales from the Infrared!  —  Geek culture from a Red Pill pespective!  Did you ever think there was a problem with the way men and women interact in geek and gaming culture?  We think so too, and its not what either the feminists or the conservative traditionalists think it is either.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Grace Mahan / The Hill:
Man asks McCain: Are you mad that you look like McCain?  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday recounted an interesting exchange he recently had with a man at an airport in Phoenix.  —  At the Washington Ideas Forum sponsored by The Atlantic, McCain said, “I was recently at Sky Harbor …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Macy's CEO Defends Trump Partnership
Discussion: Guardian and
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Nominates Out Gay Black Judge To Federal Bench
Discussion: Advocate
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
Notes for Next Time  —  Thanks to David Petraeus's adultery …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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