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2:15 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 …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Republicans Return Romney's Parting Gift (The Note)  —  By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter)  —  NOTABLES:  — UNMASKED — THE AGENT WHO LAUNCHED THE PETRAEUS PROBE: ABC's Brian Ross reports for “Good Morning America” that the FBI agent who launched the probe was identified overnight.
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney Blames Loss on Obama's ‘Gifts’ to Minorities and Young Voters
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Jindal: ‘Absolutely reject’ Romney's explanation of loss
Discussion: Hit & Run and Talking Points Memo
Andrew Napolitano / Reason:
Silencing General Petraeus  —  No keen observer could believe the government's Pollyanna version of these events.  —  The evidence that Gen. David Petraeus, formerly the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the author of the current Army field manual, Princeton Ph.D. and, until last week …
New York Times:
Frederick Humphries, F.B.I. Agent in Petraeus Case
Barton Gellman / TIME:
Spyfall: The Petraeus Scandal's Impact on National Security
Discussion: Business Insider and The Greenroom
James Nye / Daily Mail:
Revealed: FBI Agent Shirtless, the man who emailed topless pictures of himself to socialite Jill Kelley …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Maine GOP Head Suspects Voter Fraud Because ‘Dozens, Dozens Of Black People’ Voted … The head of the Republican Party in Maine thinks there might have been voter fraud in his state because “nobody in town knows anyone who's black,” but black voters came in to vote on election day.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:   GOP chief: Mystery black voters
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: The Raw Story, Wonkette and BuzzFeed
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Republicans skip Benghazi hearing; complain about lack of information on Benghazi
Discussion:, CNN and Politico
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.
LIVE BLOG: Rockets strike Tel Aviv area; three Israelis killed in attack on south  —  Rockets strike Holon, Rishon Letzion; IDF: Expect a night without calm in central Israel' three soldiers wounded in attack on Eshkol region; Military sources: more than 250 rockets fired by Gaza militants explode …
Washington Post:
15 Palestinians, 3 Israelis dead as intense air assaults and rocket fire continue
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.”
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
High-Ranking GOP Senator Advances UN Gun Conspiracy Theory  —  Speaking to 1290 KWFS-AM in Texas, the chief GOP vote counter claimed that the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, an attempt to regulate the international spread of weapons to deadly conflict zones, was a U.N. plot to take control of gun regulation:
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Tax Math  —  We're beginning to think he wants to go over the cliff this year.  —  'You know, the math tends not to work," declared President Obama at his Wednesday press conference, as part of his explanation for why closing tax loopholes for the wealthy wouldn't provide enough revenue for a budget deal.
Xinhua News Agency:
World leaders, parties congratulate Xi on election as CPC chief  —  Leaders of countries and political parties across the globe sent congratulatory messages Thursday to Xi Jinping on his election as general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Julia Werdigier / New York Times:
BP to Admit Crimes and Pay $4.5 Billion in Gulf Settlement  —  LONDON — BP, the British oil company, said Thursday it would pay $4.5 billion in fines and other payments to the United States government and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges in connection with the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Yes, Banks Are Paying “Penalties” in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement With Other People's Money  —  This one offers a bit of vindication.  I cannot tell you how much grief I got from “official sources” over the clear reality that banks would be able to pay off their penalties in the foreclosure fraud settlement with investor money.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney slams Romney ‘gifts’ critique as being ‘at odds’ with election results  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney blasted Mitt Romney's statement that the president had prevailed in last week's election because of “gifts” given by the administration to black, Hispanic and young voters …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement:
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David Weigel / Slate:
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