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11:30 PM ET, November 15, 2012


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Ted Barrett / CNN:
McCain skips Benghazi briefing, gets testy when questioned by CNN  —  (CNN) - Most of the Republican members of a Senate committee investigating the terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, skipped a classified briefing by administration officials on the incident Wednesday, CNN has learned.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Benghazi Is about: Scandal Envy  —  If you're looking at the Republican harumphing over Benghazi and asking yourself, “Why are we supposed to be so mad about this again?” you're not alone.  Let's review: There was an attack on our consulate that killed four Americans, including our ambassador.
Kirsten Powers / Fox News:
President Obama's silly, sexist defense of Susan Rice  —  Nov. 14, 2012: President Obama answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.AP  —  Don't pick on the little lady.  —  Wednesday, President Obama bizarrely cast the U.N. Ambassador …
CBS News:
CIA talking points for Susan Rice called Benghazi attack “spontaneously inspired” by protests  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON - CBS News has obtained the CIA talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Sept. 15 regarding the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, four days earlier.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Republicans skip Benghazi hearing; complain about lack of information on Benghazi
The Seattle Times:
Shirtless FBI agent: Photo was joke emailed to friends, reporter
Discussion: New York Magazine and BuzzFeed
Yousef Munayyer / Open Zion:
Bodies for Ballots  —  They say when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  But when you are a politician and all you have is a hammer, you must convince voters every problem looks like a nail.  This is the only thinking that can explain Israel's behavior in escalating bombardment of Gaza.
Gershon Baskin / Open Zion:
Assassinating The Chance For Calm
Discussion: The Agonist and The Daily Beast
Eric Russell / Portland Press-Herald:
Maine Republican chairman questions black voters  —  Charlie Webster causes a stir with claims that hundreds of unknown black people cast ballots in rural Maine towns.  —  Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster is once again alleging possible voting irregularities …
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Maine GOP Chair: ‘Unusual’ To See Black People Voting
Discussion: New York Magazine
Chris Carroll / Times Free Press:
Scott DesJarlais supported ex-wife's abortions, slept with patients, divorce transcript shows … A decade before calling himself “a consistent supporter of pro-life values,” Tennessee physician and Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais supported his ex-wife's decision to get two abortions …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt's Inglorious Shuffle Off the National Stage  —  In 1952 Adlai Stevenson was the presidential nominee of the Democratic party and lost.  He was renominated in 1956 to face Dwight Eisenhower again.  And again he lost.  There are some other cases like this in American history.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Obama's ‘Gifts’ and Sandy; Romney Explains Away Election Loss  —  Why did Mitt Romney lose the election?  If you ask him—as some donors did—it's because President Obama gave “extraordinary financial gifts” to Hispanic voters and other demographic blocs in his voting coalition.
Jim Epstein / Reason:
Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare  —  Surgery center provides free-market medicine.  —  Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry …
Discussion: Power Line, AEIdeas and Hot Air
Surreal Instagrams From Israel Defense Forces Soldiers  —  As drama unfolds between Israel and Hamas — both in real life and over their Twitter accounts — young soldiers Instagram photos of themselves at ease.  —  Katie Notopoulos  —  an hour ago  —  96 responses
Discussion: Gizmodo
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Murray: Can't guarantee 2014 budget  —  Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) confirmed Thursday that she will seek the chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee next year but told The Hill that she cannot commit to doing a budget.  —  This opens up the possibility that Senate Democrats …
Micah Cohen / New York Times:
Gay Support Buoyed Obama  —  While President Obama's lopsided support among Latino and other minority voters has been a focus of postelection analysis, the overwhelming support he received from another growing demographic group — Americans who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual — has received much less attention.
Mark Murray / First Read:
RNC report suggests other reasons why Romney lost  —  While Mitt Romney has attributed his defeat, in part, to “gifts” President Obama was able to shower on key constituencies, a Republican National Committee report on the election points to other reasons — like changing demographics …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
BP settles criminal charges for $4 billion in spill; supervisors indicted on manslaughter  —  View Photo Gallery — Oil spills throughout history: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has surpassed the size of the 1969 Santa Barbara spill and the Exxon Valdez.  Here are some other historical spills.
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller has obtained details of an ACHIEVE Act proposal being floated by some senate Republicans.  —  It appears similar to the conservative alternative to the Dream Act that Sen. Marco Rubio worked on last summer (before President Obama issued his executive order, effectively tabling the issue until after the election).
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
Petraeus speaks  — HLN's Kyra Phillips has been talking to the former CIA director since last week.  What's he been saying?  — Petraeus says this is not about Benghazi, and that he never passed classified information on to mistress  — Read the full transcript of Phillips' conversation …
Spencer Kent / New Jersey Online:
Man admits he committed voter fraud to make a point, now being investigated by Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office  —  FAIRFIELD TWP.  — The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office is investigating a man from Fairfield Township who admitted to voting twice on Election Day in order to prove that the local voting process is flawed.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Simon Plosker / HonestReporting:
Exposed: Pallywood Returns to Gaza  —  What happens when the cameras turn up at the scene of an airstrike in Gaza and there simply aren't enough Palestinian dead and injured to produce dramatic footage that can be used against Israel in the international media?  We've seen it before.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Captions Footage Of Illegal Border Crossings With ‘The Hispanic Vote’  —  Since Mitt Romney lost the Hispanic vote in record numbers on Election Day, some Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits have openly conceded that the party has a “rhetoric” problem when it comes …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Lessons of Defeat for the GOP  —  Everything from the ground game to the date of the next convention needs to be re-examined.  —  The GOP is undergoing the type of re-examination that occurs whenever a party loses.  That useful exercise should be guided by facts.  Here is some of what we know.
Discussion: Capital New York
Alexander Burns / Politico:
McAuliffe taps Mook, Stoney to lead campaign  —  Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe is quickly ramping up his bid for governor of Virginia, hiring the outgoing executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to serve as his campaign manager, a McAuliffe campaign official said.
Discussion: The Fix
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Assess What Obama Can Accomplish in Next Term
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and CNN
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rubio gently rebuts Romney
Israeli Prime Minster Deletes Tweet Thanking Obama
Discussion: Israel Matzav and WorldViews
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: HUD Secretary to head post-Sandy rebuilding efforts
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Ron Meyer / CNSNews:
If Every Food Stamp Recipient Voted For Obama, It Would Account For 75% Of His Total
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Is it game over for Grover Norquist?
For House GOP, millionaire tax isn't off the table
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and Political Watch
John Guerriero / Erie Daily Times-Morning News:
Karl Rove addresses big crowd in Erie
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama's Persuasion Army
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The President's Tax Math
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS Never Filed Legally Required Registration
Discussion: Addicting Info
Janean Chun / The Huffington Post:
John Metz, Denny's Franchisee And Hurricane Grill & Wings Owner, Imposes Surcharge For Obamacare