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2:20 PM ET, November 12, 2012

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New York Times:
Officials Say F.B.I. Knew of Petraeus Affair in the Summer  —  WASHINGTON — High-level officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department were notified in the late summer that F.B.I. agents had uncovered what appeared to be an extramarital affair involving the director …
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Wall Street Journal:
FBI Scrutinized on Petraeus  —  Complaints by Female Social Planner Led to Email Trail That Undid CIA Chief  —  A social planner's complaints about email stalking launched the monthslong criminal inquiry that led to a woman romantically linked to former Gen. David Petraeus …
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Petraeus mistress may have revealed classified information at Denver speech on real reason for Libya attack  —  Biographer Paula Broadwell could be facing questions about whether she revealed classified information about the Libya attack that she was privy to due to her relationship with then-CIA Director David Petraeus.
CBS News:
Petraeus resignation: Just sex scandal or serious security concern?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Reaction
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Did Paula Broadwell Leak U.S. Secrets?
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Petraeus Replacement Search Is Under Way
Discussion: JustOneMinute
New York Post:
Woman who received ‘threatening’ e-mails from Gen. David Petraeus' mistress is ID'd
Discussion: Wizbang
Michael Schmidt / New York Times:
Woman Who Reported Threats Is Identified
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
The GOP's media cocoon  —  A long-simmering generational battle in the conservative movement is boiling over after last week's shellacking, with younger operatives and ideologues going public with calls that Republicans break free from a political-media cocoon that has become intellectually suffocating and self defeating.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Grover Norquist: Obama reelected by characterizing Romney as ‘a poopy-head’  —  Grover Norquist, the man who to many represents the GOP's hard line stance against raising taxes, said Monday that the results of the recent election and the looming fiscal cliff are no reason for the GOP to compromise on a deficit deal.
Discussion: CNN
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New York Magazine:   The 2013 Campaign  —  The shiniest such prize would be the achievement …
Politico:   Grover Norquist: Mitt Romney painted as ‘poopy head’
TMZ.com:
Elmo Voice Kevin Clash Denies Sex w/ Underage Boy — Takes Leave of Absence from Sesame Street  —  Takes Leave of Absence from Sesame Street  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Kevin Clash — the man known as the voice of Elmo — has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations …
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Jill Reilly / Daily Mail:
Voice of Elmo on leave from Sesame Street after he was accused of having ‘sexual relationship with underage boy’  — Accuser claims he had a sexual relationship with the puppeteer seven years ago, when he was aged 16  —  The man who voices the puppet of Elmo on Sesame Street …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and The Other McCain
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
GOP's Red America forced to rethink what it knows about the country  —  HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — She arrived early to take apart the campaign office piece by piece, just as she felt so many other things about her life were being dismantled.  Beth Cox wore a Mitt Romney T-shirt …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC, Its Ratings Rising, Gains Ground on Fox News  —  On Tuesday night, with a minute to go until the polls closed in the battleground state of Virginia, the MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews received word through their earpieces that the state was too close to call …
Deborah Montesano / Addicting Info:
Outrage Builds As Arizona Continues To Count Votes  —  Nearly a third of votes cast in Arizona remained uncounted the day after the election.  Most of them were probably cast by Latinos, organized and newly registered by multiple civil rights groups in the state to combat candidates …
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
No Meat on Mondays in Los Angeles  —  (CNSNews.com) - The Los Angeles City Council is urging all residents to observe “meatless Mondays” from now on.  —  A resolution adopted on Oct. 24 reads: “Be it resolved, that the Council of the City of Los Angeles hereby declares all Mondays …
Telegraph:
Man arrested for posting image of burning poppy on Twitter  —  A man has been arrested for posting an image of a burning poppy on a social network site.  —  Kent Police said in a statement that the man, from Aylesham, was detained last night on suspicion of making malicious telecommunications …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Cornel West: Obama A ‘Republican In Blackface,’ Black MSNBC Hosts Are ‘Selling Their Souls’  —  During an interview last week with Democracy Now, author and activist Cornel West offered harsh criticism of President Barack Obama, calling him a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface” …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker:
‘We the People’ Petitions Filed in Nineteen States Seeking Permission to Secede from the Union  —  In the aftermath of last week's presidential election, residents in at least nineteen states have put up petitions on the government's “We the People” petitioning website seeking the right to secede from the rest of the country.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Kyrsten Sinema Wins Arizona House Seat, First Out Bi Member Of Congress  —  Sinema will follow Tammy Baldwin, elected to the Senate, as the second out LGBT woman in Congress.  —  Image by Ross D. Franklin / AP  —  Kyrsten Sinema is the victor for a House seat in Arizona that had been too close to call …
 
 
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Discussion: National Review
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