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“‘We must rely on ourselves and on our resources and build our country,” Issam Al-Aryan, a top Muslim Brotherhood official, said, according to The Times of Israel. ‘In the absence of direct American influence, Egypt can affect and lead the process of building a democratic and constitutional regime that will become a dream for Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.’”

- (From a news brief filed Wednesday by CBS, Washington Bureau, and the Associated Press)

THE BIG TENT

Interest groups wasted no time identifying the many demographics of voters who ultimately contributed to President Obama’s victory, from Hispanics to “women of color.” Did such voters just not “get” the Republican Party, even after a billion-dollar campaign? One Florida lawmaker thinks so.

“The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them,” insists Sen. Marco Rubio.

ELECTION RATINGS DERBY

Despite excruciating hype, not quite as many Americans tuned in to follow the election night results as they did four years ago. In 2008, some 38.1 million tuned in on broadcast channels; this year, it was 37.1 million viewers.

NBC won among the broadcast channels with 12.6 million viewers, followed by ABC (11.1 million), CBS (8.4 million) and Fox (5 million).

On cable, CNN proved the victor, garnering 8.8 million viewers, barely edging out Fox News with 8.7 million viewers. In third place: MSNBC, with 4.6 million.

THE BIG REVIEW

Leisure reading, perhaps. The legal and lobbyist enclave at Patton Boggs has assembled 50 attorneys and policy specialists for postelection analysis, ultimately titled “A Narrowly Divided Electorate Has Spoken: How Will the President and the Congress Respond?” It’s free to read and/or download here: http://bit.ly/QoPLnk

The big shot thinkers address the federal budget and sequestration, of course, plus 15 other topics that range from tax policy and health care to homeland security and government contracts. Of note: The 121-page analysis begins with the phrase “considering that great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities,” gleaned from a letter sent by Thomas Jefferson to Gen. Thaddeus Kosciusko, on May 2, 1808.

POLL DU JOUR

• 93 percent of U.S. manufacturers schedule Thanksgiving and the day after as paid time off; 81 percent of small businesses, 69 percent of “nonmanufacturing companies” and 65 percent of health care facilities and government agencies will do the same.

• 50 percent of companies with holiday work schedules pay overtime; 36 percent of employers impose holidays shifts on at least some workers.

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