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12:40 PM 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
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 and brought down a general  — Frederick W. Humphries, 47, has confirmed that he is the FBI agent who initiated the investigation that brought down ex-CIA boss David Petraeus
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
Andrew Napolitano / Reason:
Silencing General Petraeus
Benghazi inquiry sparks Hill turf battle
Discussion: Business Insider and Corrente
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 …
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 …
Krister Rollins / WCSH-TV:
Maine GOP Chair Charlie Webster discusses GOP legislative losses  —  Webster won praise in 2010 for engineering the Republican takeover of the Maine Legislature - the first total GOP control in Maine in forty years.  But last week, Democrats won back control of the House and Senate by decisive margins …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Maine GOP Head Suspects Voter Fraud Because ‘Dozens, Dozens Of Black People’ Voted
Discussion: Gawker and Mock, Paper, Scissors
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.
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
McCain Skipped A Briefing On Benghazi To Hold A Press Conference  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is demanding a special select committee to investigate the events leading up to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya and has held around-the-clock television appearances pressing for a complete review of the incident.
Discussion: Wonkette, Daily Kos and The Hill
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.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS Never Filed Legally Required Registration  —  When Karl Rove's Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) formed in 2010, it established its official address in Warrenton, VA, and registered with the Internal Revenue Service a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “social welfare organization.”
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.
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
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.
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
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Terms of service [updated]  —  YouTube has removed the 10-second IDF video of the pinpoint strike on Hamas terrorist commander Ahmed Jabari yesterday.  The IDF had posted the video in its excellent Twitter feed providing real time information and updates on its ongoing operation.  —  The video was posted here.
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Darlene Hill / Chicago News and Weather:
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
FHA Nears Need for Taxpayer Funds
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Your daily jolt: Allen West rejects move to Ga. — 'I'm not an NFL free agent'
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and Ballot Box
David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement:
Fischer: GOP Must ‘Clamp Down’ On Hispanics Who Are ‘Socialists By Nature’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rubio pushes Republicans for new message on illegal immigration
Discussion: CNN
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Economy, Entitlements, Iran Are Americans' Top Priorities
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
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 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / Slate:
Steve King: Let's Not Worry About the Hispanic Vote
Discussion: Ballot Box
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Republican Governors Say Party Needs to Rebuild
Allen West for Congress:
Gertrude Walker's Math Simply Doesn't Add Up
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans' election lesson is to work on fielding better candidates
Discussion: Politico
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Republicans say they will not back down
Discussion: Politico
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Impeach Obama Robocall Campaign Launched By Conservative Group
Discussion: The Raw Story