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4:50 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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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.
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 …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Did Paula Broadwell Leak U.S. Secrets?
Press Pass:
White House Grand Bargain offer to Speaker Boehner Obtained by Bob Woodward  —  Below are documents obtained by the Washington Post's Bob Woodward that show a grand bargain proposal the White House was prepared to make in order to reach agreement with the House Republicans last year.
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Walter Shapiro / Reuters:   Why Obama is surely facing a second term riddled with scandal and upheaval
New York Magazine:
The 2013 Campaign  —  The shiniest such prize would be the achievement …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Kyrsten Sinema is the victor for a House seat in Arizona …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Democrat Sinema wins Arizona House race
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
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.
Talking Points Memo:
Grover Norquist: Romney A ‘Poopy Head’  —  Anti-tax crusader and head of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist told CBS on Monday that President Obama did not deserve a claim to an electoral mandate following his re-election because the candidate Republicans put forth to challenge him …
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CBS News:
Grover Norquist: Obama's goal is to raise energy taxes on middle class
Discussion: New York Magazine and ABCNEWS
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Grover Norquist: Obama reelected by characterizing Romney as ‘a poopy-head’
Discussion: CNN
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’
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and The Other McCain
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona Still Counting Ballots Nearly A Week After Election  —  Hundreds of thousands of ballots have yet to be counted in Arizona nearly a week after Election Day, a majority of which appeared to come from Maricopa County.  —  Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett's said Saturday …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
What's Going on With the Fiscal Cliff?  —  Zhang Jun/Xinhua/Zuma; Anton Reznikov/Shutterstock  —  Where did this whole “fiscal cliff” metaphor come from, anyway?  —  It's the handiwork of Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, the same guy who warned us about a “global savings glut” in 2005.
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Wick Allison / The American Conservative:
The Real GOP Fiasco: Fairness
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 …
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Tea party activists blame losses on Republican establishment  —  Angry tea party activists say Mitt Romney was too moderate and the GOP undermined ‘true conservative’ candidates.  —  Mitt Romney advisor Ed Gillespie, speaking to reporters after the second presidential debate …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The New Math  —  A number of TPM Readers have written in this morning saying, “Josh, how can you of all people be surprised that Republicans or at least Republican pollsters had created their own alternative numbers reality (or in Megan Kelly's now immortal words, “Math you do as a Republican …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Jeff Wise / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: John McAfee Wanted for Murder (Updated)  —  Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say.  According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Nearly 400,000 People Call On Macy's To Dump Donald Trump  —  A grassroots campaign for Macy's to end their association with Donald Trump has caught fire.  Nearly 400,000 people have added their name to a petition on Signon.org for Macy's, which exclusively sells Trump's clothing line and fragrance …
Philly.com:
In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes  —  It's one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote.  Zero.  Zilch.
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.
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 …
 
 
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America has become an Old World country
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