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8:05 AM ET, November 16, 2012


 Top Items: 
CNN: PETRAEUS TO TESTIFY HE KNEW LIBYA WAS TERRORISM ‘ALMOST IMMEDIATELY’  —  Just a few minutes ago on CNN, Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reported that a high-placed source informed her that former CIA Chief David Petraeus will use his upcoming testimony to amend his previous testimony.
Fox News:
Intel officials struggle to explain Libya talking points, pressure on Petraeus to clear the air  —  Top intelligence officials struggled to explain to lawmakers Thursday why their initial talking points after the Libya attack minimized the role of militant groups, putting pressure …
Discussion: Power Line, NO QUARTER USA NET and CNN
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.
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.
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama, GOP Leaders Hold Fiscal Summit at White House  —  President Obama and top congressional leaders on Friday will convene their first “fiscal cliff” summit, seeking to avert an economically-toxic package of sweeping tax hikes and deep spending cuts that will take effect in 46 days without a bipartisan deal.
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama, Boehner launch second effort to reach grand fiscal deal  —  President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and their staffs will be the principal negotiators in talks to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”  —  As the talks begin formally at the White House Friday, lawmakers and special interest groups …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Murray: Can't guarantee 2014 budget
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
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 …
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
Respected agent in Seattle terror probe leaked Petraeus case  —  The FBI agent who started the email inquiry that eventually led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus is known for his work in Seattle leading the investigation into millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam.
The Seattle Times:
Shirtless FBI agent: Photo was joke emailed to friends, reporter
Discussion: New York Magazine and BuzzFeed
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: AEIdeas, Power Line and Hot Air
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 Week and The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders' Debate: Change Message or Candidates?  —  LAS VEGAS—Two weeks after their presidential election defeat, Republican Party leaders are falling into roughly two camps as they struggle to explain what happened and devise ways to broaden the party's base.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Governors Gather, Prescriptions and Whispers for 2016
Discussion: Washington Post, The Fix and Hot Air
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 …
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
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Paradise Valley Journal: Arizona Still Awaiting Some Election Results  —  PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — The question of tipping the political scales in Arizona, like anyplace, is “purely mathematical,” Bruce Merrill said.  More people voting for the other side matters only if enough of them vote …
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
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.
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Spencer Kent / New Jersey Online:
Man admits he committed voter fraud to make a point, now being investigated by Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Assess What Obama Can Accomplish in Next Term
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and CNN
Alexander Burns / Politico:
McAuliffe taps Mook, Stoney to lead campaign
Discussion: The Fix
Micah Cohen / New York Times:
Gay Support Buoyed Obama
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rubio gently rebuts Romney
 Earlier Items: 
James Barron / New York Times:
Obama Visits Storm-Ravaged Areas in New York
Discussion: Above the Law
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Lessons of Defeat for the GOP
Discussion: Capital New York
Israeli Prime Minster Deletes Tweet Thanking Obama
Discussion: WorldViews and Israel Matzav
Ron Meyer / CNSNews:
If Every Food Stamp Recipient Voted For Obama, It Would Account For 75% Of His Total
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Benghazi: A Conspiracy Theory With No Conceivable Motive
Discussion: Slate, Hullabaloo and Right Wing Watch