No Wonder Republicans Are Confused And Lost

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A southern Kentucky sheriff facing federal civil rights violations charges has been indicted on two additional counts. [H-L]

Republican presidential nominee Mittens Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the “gifts” he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters and because of the president’s effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant. [HuffPo]

Fortunately, Bobby Jindal isn’t as delusional as Mittens Romney. Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) rebuffed Mittens Romney’s claim that President Obama won reelection because of “gifts” to minorities and young voters, calling the statement “wrong.” [More HuffPo]

As part of a proposed settlement with environmental groups, St. Louis-based Patriot Coal has agreed to phase out mountaintop removal mining at several of its mines in West Virginia, saying the controversial mining practice isn’t in the company’s best interest. [WFPL]

Seems the Red Cross response to Sandy has failed to met expectations. [Reuters]

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Tuesday that there is probably a ”zero percent” chance of congressional leaders reaching a grand bargain on the looming fiscal cliff. [Politico]

Roughly 1,500 people are living on the streets of Lexington today. The growing problem has prompted the city to join an ongoing effort to raise awareness about homelessness. [WLEX18]

Was Patraeus Borked? In 1987, when Judge Robert Bork was enmeshed in a partisan struggle over his Supreme Court nomination, a reporter for an alternative weekly in Washington, D.C., got a tip that the judge was a patron of a local video store. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is reaching out to thousands of homeowners who might be eligible for help with their mortgage. Conway has begun a public service campaign to alert people before a Jan. 18 deadline to apply for money from the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement reached this spring. [H-L]

Mittens Romney’s top strategists don’t have to look very far to see where things went terribly wrong. All they have to do is check the bottom line. According to Kantar Media’s post-election tally of 2012 spending, the Romney campaign spent an average of $666 per television spot—$72 more than its Democratic rival. [Mother Jones]

Marco Rubio, who we have been told is the New Face of the Republican party, has a brilliant take on solving the so-called fiscal cliff: let’s just go ahead and let rich people do whatever they want because they’ll hire a bunch of lawyers and do what they want no matter what so we might as well go with it. [Wonkette]