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2:45 PM ET, November 18, 2012


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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Lieberman splits from ‘my 2 amigos’  —  Count two more top senators who think a special committee to investigate the government's response to the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi is not such a good idea.  —  Three Republican senators - John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Lieberman Breaks With McCain, Graham On Libya Investigation: ‘I Respectfully Separate From My Two Amigos’  —  Today on Fox News Sunday, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said they did not think the U.S. Senate should create a special committee to investigate the deaths …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. Chambliss: Rice needs to share what ‘White House directed her to say’  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said on Sunday that he expects Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will testify before the Senate about the deadly September attack …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Susan Rice's tarnished resume
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Susan E. Rice Caught Up in Furor Over Benghazi
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary and Libya  —  The policy failure goes beyond the murder …
Discussion: The Reaction and Hot Air
LIVE BLOG: Day 5 of Israel's Gaza offensive  —  Two Israelis moderately wounded in rocket attack on Ofakim; ten Palestinians killed in IDF attack, raising death toll to 65; AP: Israeli envoy landed in Cairo for cease-fire talks.  —  Israeli soldiers watch as an Iron Dome launcher fires …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Sen. McCain calls for Bill Clinton to lead Israel-Palestinian talks  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested on Sunday that President Obama should send former President Bill Clinton to lead cease fire talks between Israelis and Palestinians.  —  “We need a person of enormous prestige …
Discussion: Politico
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Graham to Romney: 'When you're in a hole, stop digging'  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday took sharp aim at Mitt Romney's assertion that he lost the presidential election because of “gifts” that Democrats had doled out to women and minority voters.  —  “We're in a big hole,” Graham said on NBC's “Meet the Press. ”
Charlotte Allen / Los Angeles Times:
Hey GOP, take the Palin cure  —  She's hot, she's blue collar, she's electable.  —  Is Sarah Palin the new Ronald Reagan?  (Jon C. Hancock / Associated Press )  —  The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Transition Chief Is Encouraging States To Implement Obamacare  —  A little more than a week after Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency, the prominent Republican tapped to head his transition is encouraging states to implement the Affordable Care Act, a law which Romney had pledged …
Discussion: Politico and Brad DeLong
Mike Allen / Politico:
44 days to cliff; 64 days to inauguration — PETRAEUS HIRES ROBERT BARNETT — Obama says next 36 to 48 hours critical in Gaza crisis — Rory Cooper baby — Latoff-Holmes wedding  —  EXCLUSIVE: Gen. David Petraeus has retained superlawyer Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly for advice …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama arrives in Thailand, defends Burma visit  —  BANGKOK — As President Barack Obama prepared Sunday to become the first U.S. president to visit Burma, he defended his decision to make such a historic trip even as deadly ethnic violence continues in the Asian country long viewed as a pariah state.
Discussion: CNN
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Congress to Investigate Benghazi ‘Talking Points’  —  Lawmakers said Sunday they want to know who had a hand in creating the Obama administration's now-discredited “talking points” about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and why a final draft omitted the CIA's early conclusion that terrorists were involved.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
House Republicans: Copyright Law Destroys Markets; It's Time For Real Reform  —  Update: Wow.  It took less than 24 hours for the RSC to fold to Hollywood pressure.  They have now retracted the report and attempted to claim that it was not properly vetted.
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Discussion: Spectator
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
VIEWPOINT: Republicans Lost Because Voters Rejected Their Economic Vision
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