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Nancy Pelosi’s Outrage, Nate Silver’s Next Step, and More

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Posted on Nov 14, 2012

Petraeus to Testify: Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before the Senate about the Benghazi attacks, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told Politico.  Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said there wasn’t a timetable yet. “Mr. Petraeus has indicated his willingness [to testify]. He is eager to come before the committee so we will work out the details,” she said. Granted by now the retired general, who resigned his CIA post after it was revealed he had an extramarital affair, is probably eager to talk about anything other than Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley at this point. (Read more)

King’s Choice: The Democrats have gained another seat in the Senate after independent Angus King decided to caucus with the majority party. His reasoning: “In a situation where one party has the clear majority and effectiveness is an important criteria, affiliating with the majority makes more sense.” (Read more)

Politics as Usual: Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham say they are prepared to block U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s nomination if President Obama picks her to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. McCain did, however, remain coy about whether he would go so far as to filibuster her nomination. Rice is considered the front-runner for the job. (Read more)

Pot Pressure: Democrat Barney Frank and Republican Ron Paul are joining forces on the issue of marijuana, asking President Obama to respect new state laws in Washington and Colorado that allow the recreational use of the drug. Federal law prohibits the possession of marijuana. The two representatives have also sponsored federal legislation to end the ban on pot. (Read more)

Super Freak: Talking Points Memo has compiled a list of the Top 6 most bizarre freakouts after President Obama’s re-election. Among those that made the cut: the phenomenon of CEOs who laid off employees; the riots and racial slurs that erupted on two college campuses; and Texas’ “lame” attempt to secede from the U.S. Not making the list: Donald Trump’s and Ted Nugent’s Twitter meltdowns and the Arizona woman who allegedly ran her husband down because he didn’t vote. (Read more)

Hollywood Bound?: Election predictor extraordinaire Nate Silver is hot property these days, and Hollywood has taken note. The FiveThirtyEight blogger has attracted strong interest in the industry from producers and agents. He’s even been pitched his own television program. Silver told The Hollywood Reporter that regardless of what he does, he wants to ensure he makes a “good choice.” Of his bright future he said, “Between now and the end of the year, I am going to try to do some planning. Everything is on the table. I have to think about how to not spread myself too thin. It’s a really great problem to have.” (Read more)

Video of the Day: After announcing she would seek the House minority leadership position once more, Nancy Pelosi slammed NBC’s Luke Russert for asking what she deemed an “offensive” question.

Bonus Video of the Day: In honor of Joe Biden’s upcoming guest appearance on “Parks & Recreation” on Thursday, here’s video of him appearing on the game show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” in 1993. Why not?

 

—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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