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11:40 AM ET, November 15, 2012


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Romney attributes loss to ‘gifts’ Obama gave minorities
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Jindal says Romney ‘gifts’ argument ‘absolutely wrong’
Discussion: The Hill
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:   Republican Governors Say Party Needs to Rebuild
Janean Chun / The Huffington Post:
John Metz, Denny's Franchisee And Hurricane Grill & Wings Owner, Imposes Surcharge For Obamacare … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Obama Health Care, Video, Hurricane Grill & Wings, John Metz, John Metz Dairy Queen, John Metz Dennys, John Metz Obamacare Surcharge, Obamacare, Obamacare Hiring Freezes …
James Nye / Daily Mail:
Denny's to charge 5% ‘Obamacare surcharge’ and cut employee hours to deal with cost of legislation  —  President Obama's election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power - but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring.
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” …
James Nye / Daily Mail:
Revealed: FBI Agent Shirtless, the man who emailed topless pictures of himself to socialite Jill Kelley …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
Gaza rocket fire kills three Israelis
Discussion: Truthdig, Guardian and Biased BBC
New York Times:
Attacks Resume After Israeli Assault Kills Hamas Leader
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
Benghazi inquiry sparks Hill turf battle
Discussion: Business Insider, Corrente and The Hill
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
GOP chief: Mystery black voters  —  The head of Maine's Republican Party is claiming unknown groups of black people showed up in the state's towns and cast ballots on election day.  —  “In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day …
Eric Russell / Portland Press-Herald:
Maine Republican chairman questions black voters
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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.
Jobless Claims in U.S. Jumped Last Week After Sandy  —  More Americans than forecast submitted claims for unemployment insurance last week as superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the job market.  —  Applications for jobless benefits surged by 78,000 to 439,000 in the week ended Nov. 10 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
What Has Movement Conservatism Accomplished in the Last 15 Years?  —  The list isn't nearly as long as its boosters would have us think.  —  Flickr/Secret Pilgrim  —  Try as I might, I still can't find any evidence of Jonah Goldberg's claim that conservatives are the best at rigorously examining their own dogma.
Euro zone falls into second recession since 2009  —  (Reuters) - The debt crisis dragged the euro zone into its second recession since 2009 in the third quarter despite modest growth in Germany and France, data showed on Thursday.  —  The two leading economies both managed 0.2 percent growth in the July-to-September period.
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
United Nations Declares Access To Contraception A ‘Universal Human Right’  —  For the first time, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) explicitly described family planning as a “universal human right.”  In its annual report, the organization said that improved access to contraception and other methods …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Allen West for Congress:
Gertrude Walker's Math Simply Doesn't Add Up  —  Every statement from St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections raises more questions about election results  —  Stuart, FL - West for Congress released this statement regarding the growing inconsistencies and continued obfuscation coming …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Economy, Entitlements, Iran Are Americans' Top Priorities  —  Partisans agree on many top goals, but disagree on taxes and immigration  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are very clear on what President Barack Obama's top priority should be in his second term.
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rubio pushes Republicans for new message on illegal immigration
Discussion: CNN
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
And, Voila, Something That Will Finally Stop Your Crazy Uncle From Sending You More Cracked Forwards
Discussion: Addicting Info
David Weigel / Slate:
Steve King: Let's Not Worry About the Hispanic Vote
Discussion: Ballot Box
Fox News:
Latino Poverty Rate Climbs to 28%
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans' election lesson is to work on fielding better candidates
Discussion: Politico
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
European-style austerity: Obama's new ‘balanced’ debt plan is 73% tax hikes
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Impeach Obama Robocall Campaign Launched By Conservative Group
Discussion: The Raw Story
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Obama says climate change to take backseat to economy
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Macy's CEO Defends Trump Partnership