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It's All Politics, Nov. 16, 2012

The week after Election Day is full of surprises, with news of scandal enveloping top Gens. David Petraeus and John Allen. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney reflects on his loss and what he calls Obama's "gifts" to the electorate, while the president pledges not to overreach in his second term.
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Florida Judge Denies Call For Recount, But Allen West Continues Quest

And 10 days after the election, three other too-close-to-call House races also remain undecided — in North Carolina, Arizona and Louisiana
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Congressional Leaders Optimistic On Budget Deal

President Obama brought congressional leadership to the White House Friday morning for the first direct talks about the impending tax hikes and spending cuts that economists say could return the country to recession if not modified.
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Looking Back On 2012 Election Technology

The country knew who its next president would be late in the evening of Election Day. But despite a nationwide push to electronic voting, some municipalities took days longer to finish counting their votes. Larry Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice looks at technologies and systems that worked during this year's election, and at voting processes that fell short of the mark in counting the vote.
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Fiscal Cliff Talks Get Started; Two Sides Sound Optimistic

President Obama and congressional leaders from both major parties met at the White House for the first of what will likely be many negotiations aimed at averting a plunge over the so-called fiscal cliff. Afterward, Congressional leaders sounded optimistic about the chances for a deal.
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Can A Lame-Duck Congress Save The Day?

As members of the House and Senate head to Capitol Hill for the final weeks of this Congress, perhaps they will bring the "Spirit of 2010" with them. Despite partisan bickering, the lame-duck session two years ago got big things done. Then again, those lawmakers weren't being asked to avert a fiscal cliff.

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