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November 16, 2012
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National Pulse 
  • Obama meets lawmakers for deficit talks
      
    Geithner, Boehner, Obama, Reid/Reuters
    President Barack Obama will meet top lawmakers from both parties at the White House today as postelection efforts to resolve the country's fiscal crisis begin in earnest. The election didn't change the lineup of who will be attempting to cement a deal, but the cost of failure would be higher now, experts say. "We had the same cast of characters before the election, but we have to have a different ending," says Republican economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin. NBC News (11/16) , The Hill (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Reader Polls 
  • Poll results: Abolish the electoral college
    On Monday, we asked you if our system of electoral votes in presidential elections needed changing. Nearly half of those who responded said they would like to see the nation shift to a system using a straight popular vote. New poll coming Monday.
    Yes -- amend the Constitution to abolish the Electoral College and decide the race by popular vote  42.97%
    Yes -- modify the system to allow proportional distribution of electoral votes within each state  27.22%
    No -- the system does not need reform. It should be left as is  22.08%
    Yes -- reform the system through means other than those mentioned above  4.61%
    Yes -- states should assign their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote  3.12%
Agenda Items 
  • White House considers alternative spending-cuts strategy
      
    Reuters
    White House officials have formulated a plan to replace the sweeping "sequester" spending cuts, which are set to kick in in January, with a more targeted package of tax increases and spending cuts. The alternative package would defer major deficit-reduction decisions, including a tax-code overhaul and entitlement reforms, until mid-2013. The Wall Street Journal (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Where's the national CFO that Obama promised?
      
    Reuters
    President Barack Obama pledged to "appoint a chief financial officer to oversee" post-disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts -- but no such official has yet been appointed. Still, the administration has taken steps to minimize waste and abuse in post-disaster situations, even if no CFO has been appointed, suggesting a compromise solution rather than a broken campaign promise, writes Louis Jacobson. PolitiFact.com (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Did you get your postelection goodie bag?
      
    Reuters
    Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama won because he gave "gifts" to his supporters -- and "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is celebrating. In the goodie bag he claims to have received from Obama: a food-stamp cozy, a copy of the Quran and a piƱata filled with green cards. Comedy Central (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

SmartQuote 
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half."
--Gore Vidal, American writer
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