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FROM THE BLOGS:

The irrelevance of Susan Rice

The American Conservative’s Eric Margolis argues that Susan Rice is underqualified to bear the responsibility of secretary of State.

America isn’t as decadent as social conservatives think it is
The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf makes the case that the primary contributing factor to declining birth rates is cultural forces. 

Fiscal cliff notes

National Review’s Thomas Sowell predicts that even if tax rates increase for the wealthiest, quantitative easing will lead to inflation.

Will Egypt’s liberals ever win?
Slate’s Tarek Masoud and Wael Nawara say that Egypt’s liberals need to focus on opposing the unchecked power of Mohamed Morsi.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

US oil production hits 15-year high

Domestic crude oil production in September hit its highest level since 1998, 6.5 million barrels per day, reports The Hill's Zack Colman.

Report: Holder’s chief of staff to leave DOJ
Attorney General Eric Holder’s chief of staff, Gary Grindler, is departing from the Justice Department, reports The Hill's Meghashyam Mali.