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12:50 PM ET, November 25, 2012


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New York Post:
Race rants over Rice  —  Republicans last week finally began hitting back at the absurd accusation by their Capitol Hill adversaries that criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice is racist and sexist.  —  “When you can't answer the question, you attack the questioner,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCain: Rice could change my mind on Secretary of State vote  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice should have the opportunity to change his mind about a potential nomination to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, days after the Arizona lawmaker pledged to block her nomination.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Saturday Night Card Game (WaPo plays the Rice card)  —  I know I sound like a broken record.  —  Everytime I think the Democratic race card players could not get more vile, more deranged, more patronizingly demeaning to blacks, someone manages to defy even my vivid imagination.
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Obama Administration Was Not Willing to Trust Romney With a Secret Kill List  —  Obama with advisors in the Oval Office on July 27, 2010  —  The administration of United States President Barack Obama feared they might lose re-election and in the summer of last year began to develop a set …
Discussion: The Agonist
Scott Shane / New York Times:
White House Presses for Drone Rule Book  —  WASHINGTON — Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCain demands administration renounce Morsi statement, warns of Islamist coup
Discussion: Politico
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Barney Frank Calls Out Republican Senator: Stop Using ‘Weasel Words’  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) challenged the GOP's implications that the Obama administration or the FBI sat on the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal until after the election, describing such claims underhanded and unsubstantiated.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Booman Tribune
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Graham ready to ‘violate’ anti-tax pledge for ‘fiscal cliff’ deal  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said he is ready to violate conservative activist Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge to reach a deal to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.”  —  “I will violate the pledge …
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Ben Affleck
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Douglas A. Blackmon / Washington Post:
Republicans face unexpected challenges in coastal South amid shrinking white vote  —  OXFORD, Miss. — Late on election night, a small melee erupted at the University of Mississippi here when a group of white students frustrated by the reelection of President Obama marched outside …
New York Times:
Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines  —  THE oceans have risen and fallen throughout Earth's history, following the planet's natural temperature cycles.  Twenty thousand years ago, what is now New York City was at the edge of a giant ice sheet, and the sea was roughly 400 feet lower.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Daily Kos
AJE - Al Jazeera English:
Explosions hit church at Nigeria army base  —  Car bombs believed to be detonated by suicide bombers reportedly kill at least 11 at a church in a military barracks.  —  At least 11 people have reportedly been killed after car bombs were detonated at a Protestant church inside a military barracks in Jaji in Nigeria's Kaduna State.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Levin: Obama must warn Morsi over power grab  —  Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Sunday that he believes President Obama must signal strong concern to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi over the leader's move to exempt himself from judicial oversight.
Discussion: Politico
Americas view:
“Impossible” to end drug trade, says Calderón  —  ENDING the consumption and the trafficking of illegal drugs is “impossible”, according to Felipe Calderón, Mexico's outgoing president.  In an interview with The Economist Mr Calderón, whose battle with organised crime …
Discussion: WorldViews and Outside the Beltway
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Tim Mak / Politico:
McCain on abortion: GOP should leave issue alone
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Retailers pressure Congress to tax next ‘Cyber Monday’
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
UN Climate Chief Calls Out U.S. For Climate Inaction: Hurricane Sandy Is ‘Yet Another Wake-up Call’
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Economic View: A Liberal Obama vs. a Moderate Obama in the Fiscal Debate
Kathy Matheson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
U.S. officials tell state to use same standards to grade charter schools
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Rahm Emanuel / Washington Post:
It's time to rebuild America
Discussion: The Agonist
New York Post:
Thieves strike storm-damaged Breezy Point homes over Thanksgiving holiday
Discussion: ABCNEWS
That Shortage of Skilled Manufacturing Workers is Really a Shortage of Employers Willing to Pay the Market Wage
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In Manhattan, Largely Blue, One Bright Spot and a Tie for Romney
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico