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1:45 AM ET, December 2, 2012


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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
A detached Romney tends wounds in seclusion after failed White House bid  —  SAN DIEGO — The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan.  —  Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house here in La Jolla, a moneyed and pristine enclave of San Diego …
What Allen West And Abraham Lincoln Have In Common … U.S. Rep. Allen West came to Washington as part of the 2010 wave of Tea Party-backed candidates.  He became known as aggressive and outspoken, but his tenure in Congress was short-lived.  He recently conceded a close race for Florida's 18th District.
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
West: Lincoln only served one term, too  —  GOP Rep. Allen West, the outspoken Florida conservative who lost his bid for a second term, doesn't sound like someone who's finished with national politics.  —  From his interview Friday with National Public Radio's Michel Martin:
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Hillary Clinton no fan of Susan Rice, prefers Kerry for State  —  American Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice speaks to reporters after a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo)  —  The Rice Report...
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
One generation got old; one generation got sold  —  I got a kick out of the following letter to the editor of Barron's that seems to be making the rounds: … We baby boomers made more mistakes than any one generation has a right to indulge in.  But at least we managed to avoid electing a radical president.
Keegan Gibson / PoliticsPA:
Republican State Rep. Mike Fleck: I'm Gay  —  State Rep. Mike Fleck (R-Huntingdon) publicly acknowledged Saturday that he is gay, making him the first openly gay lawmaker in Pa. and the only* currently sitting openly gay Republican state legislator in the entire country.
Discussion: Gawker and Towleroad News #gay
Paul Singer / USA Today:
West Point chapel hosts first same-sex marriage  —  The ceremony comes a little more than a year after President Obama ended the military policy banning openly gay people from serving.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  3:17PM EST December 1.  2012 - The U.S. Military Academy's Cadet Chapel …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Sen. Hatch: Obama fiscal proposal ‘classic bait and switch’  —  The top-ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee accused President Obama of pulling a “bait and switch” this week with the administration's proposed deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Sohrab Ahmari / Wall Street Journal:
The Crisis of American Self-Government  —  Harvey Mansfield, Harvard's ‘pet dissenter,’ on the 2012 election, the real cost of entitlements, and why he sees reason for hope.  —  'We have now an American political party and a European one.  Not all Americans who vote for the European party want to become Europeans.
Discussion: Power Line and Balloon Juice
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Drone crashes mount at civilian airports  —  Video: The U.S. Air Force suspended Reaper drone operations in the Seychelles after two crashes in the past year.  The Washington Post's Craig Whitlock has obtained previously unreleased photographs from Air Force investigative reports showing what happened to the drones involved.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Andrew Michalscheck / KASW-TV:
Brewer discusses global warming before Governor's meeting  —  PHOENIX - Governor Jan Brewer will be talking energy this weekend when she attends the Western Governor's Association meeting.  —  Intertwined with the discussion of energy is one of the biggest hot button issues in the country: global warming.
Paul Finkelman / New York Times:
The Monster of Monticello  —  Durham, N.C.  —  THOMAS JEFFERSON is in the news again, nearly 200 years after his death — alongside a high-profile biography by the journalist Jon Meacham comes a damning portrait of the third president by the independent scholar Henry Wiencek.
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Ed Krayewski / Hit & Run:
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Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
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Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
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Discussion: The Impolitic and Weasel Zippers
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Administration marks World AIDS Day
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Dream Act Gives Young Immigrants a Political Voice
Discussion: 24Ahead and Washington Monthly
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Sen. Ayotte offers GOP an influential new voice
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Mitt Romney's loss creates GOP leadership vacuum
Ron Scherer / Reuters:
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: and Crooks and Liars
Hans Bader / Col·lege In·sur·rec· tion:
School Quotas and Speech Codes May Result From Senate Amendment to Defense Bill
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
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