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2:45 AM ET, November 29, 2012

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Politico:
Behind the Susan Rice meeting meltdown  —  In just two quick meetings on Capitol Hill, Susan Rice may have blown up any goodwill she had with the very senators she'll need for confirmation if she's ever tapped as the next secretary of state.  —  Over the past two days …
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Melinda Henneberger / She The People:
Tom Ricks to MSNBC: You're just like Fox, only not as good at it … Most of those chortling over Tom Ricks's highly unusual ninety seconds on Fox News this week were wowed by the way he spoke liberal truth to conservative power, informing his astonished interviewer, Jon Scott …
The Caucus:
Obama Calls Rice ‘Extraordinary,’ as Another Republican Voices Concerns  —  Updated President Obama came to the defense of Susan E. Rice, his embattled ambassador to the United Nations, on Wednesday even as she came under fire from another Republican senator and saw her prospects for becoming secretary of state further clouded.
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Who changed the Benghazi talking points?  —  United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice talks with Bob Schieffer for the Sept 16th “Face the Nation”  —  Who within the Obama administration deleted mention of “terrorism” and “al-Qaeda” from the CIA's talking points …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Chuck Hagel being vetted for national security post
Discussion: The Hill
Stuart Stevens / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: A good man.  The right fight.  —  Over the years, one of the more troubling characteristics of the Democratic Party and the left in general has been a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing.  It would be a shame if we Republicans took a narrow presidential loss …
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Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Top Romney Adviser Brags About Losing Poor, Minority Voters To Obama  —  Mitt Romney can take some solace in his devastating loss on Nov. 6: at least he won the voters who really count.  —  That's the thesis anyway of top adviser Stuart Stevens, who penned an op-ed in the Washington Post …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Colorlines
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
For Obama and Romney, Lunch at the White House
Allison Brennan / CNN:
President uses hashtag ‘My2K’ in fiscal cliff PR effort  —  (CNN) - The White House looked to harness the power of social media - again - to boost its public relations push on the fiscal cliff by launching the #My2K hashtag Wednesday.  —  The effort to popularize the Twitter subject hashtag coincided …
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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Bowles Says Fiscal Cliff Deal Unlikely by End of Year
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Boehner shoots down proposal to agree to Obama tax demand
Tom Cohen / CNN:
GOP divide over Obama tax plan goes public
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mario Trujillo / Ballot Box:
Rep. McIntyre wins recount  —  Blue Dog Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) will serve his ninth term in Congress after his Republican opponent conceded Wednesday night following a recount that upheld initial election results.  —  GOP candidate David Rouzer dropped out of the contest …
Discussion: Politico
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CNN:   Rouzer concedes House bid after recount in North Carolina race
TIME:
Transcript: TIME's Interview with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi  —  [Note: TIME had spelled the president's surname as “Morsy” based on his Ph.  D. dissertation for the University of Southern California; his advisers in Cairo say the preferred spelling is now Morsi.]  —  TIME: You're on the world stage now.
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NBC / World News:
US-based anti-Islam filmmaker, 6 others sentenced to death by Egypt court
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Lamar Smith, Global Warming Skeptic, Set To Chair House Science Committee … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Climate Change, Climate Change, Climate Change, NASA, Video, Obama: Take 2, House Committee On Science, House Science Committee, NASA Funding, Rep. Lamar Smith, Global Warming Deniers …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House GOP women press Boehner for committee spots
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and msnbc.com
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama campaign: 'There's more to come'  —  More than a million people responded to Obama for America's survey about the group's direction and the vast majority said they are interested in volunteering in support of the president's agenda.  —  In an email sent Wednesday to survey participants …
Discussion: CNN
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
John Heilemann Makes Lindsey Graham Joke on ‘Morning Joe;’ Edited Out of 8am Reair  —  Just after 6am, on “Morning Joe” this morning, Joe, Mika and guest John Heilemann were talking about yesterday's New York Times article about “the three amigos” Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Rick Warren: Being Gay Is Like ‘Punching A Guy In The Nose’ Or Consuming Arsenic  —  Megachurch pastor Rick Warren remains as ill-informed on gay identity as ever.  Unfazed by the notion that there may be a biological cause for homosexuality, Warren told Piers Morgan on CNN this week that acting …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Resistance on Method for Curbing Filibuster  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid of Nevada knew he would anger Republicans when he threatened to change the rules of the Senate to make it harder for the minority to gum up legislation.  But he is also running into resistance from fellow Democrats …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama On Filibuster Reform: White House Embraces Harry Reid's Rule Changes
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Convicted former Rep. Mel Reynolds wants Jackson seat in Congress  —  Clout Street  —  Disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds said he will ask voters to focus on his congressional experience rather than his state and federal criminal record as he announced his bid today for the seat held by Jesse Jackson Jr., who has resigned.
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Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:   Feds believe Jesse Jackson Jr. got tip about probe into his finances
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Silicon Valley, Technology Talent Gap Threatens G.O.P. Campaigns  —  SAN FRANCISCO - I live in Brooklyn, where President Obama won 81 percent of the vote earlier this month.  It's hard to find anywhere in the country that is more Democratic-leaning.  —  But San Francisco qualifies.
Yousaf Butt / Web Edition:
DIY graphic design  —  The diagram leaked to the Associated Press this week is nothing more than either shoddy sources or shoddy science.  In either case, the world can keep calm and carry on.  —  This week the Associated Press reported that unnamed officials “from a country critical …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Grover Norquist is winning  —  You might think that Grover Norquist would be in hiding right now.  Republicans are parading before the cameras, one after the other, to proclaim their intention of breaking his anti-tax pledge.  And yet Norquist is everywhere.  He's doing television shows and talking with reporters.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Problems With a Reporter's Facebook Posts, and a Possible Solution  —  Start with a reporter who likes to be responsive to readers, is spontaneous and impressionistic in her personal writing style, and not especially attuned to how casual comments may be received in a highly politicized setting.
 
 
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National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, Part II
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Kim Murphy / Los Angeles Times:
In Hawaii, a coral reef infection has biologists alarmed
Discussion: New York Times
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Herman Cain not interested in U.S. Senate seat
Discussion: Georgia Tipsheet and Daily Kos
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
California Shows Signs of Resurgence
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
How Access To Food Stamps Leads To Better Health And Economic Outcomes
Reuters:
U.S. bans BP from new government contracts after oil spill deal
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Sluss / Blue Ridge Caucus:
Could Bolling run for governor as an independent?
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Georgia's government takes a wrong turn
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Politico
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Glenn Beck's shocking Obama art piece
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
The No-Tax-Hike Pledge Is an IQ Test for Republicans
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and msnbc.com
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Discussion: The Verge