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8:50 PM ET, November 12, 2012

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Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Why FBI Kept Petraeus Affair From White House  —  The FBI withheld its findings about Gen. David Petreaus' affair from the White House and congressional leaders because the agency considered them the result of a criminal investigation that never reached the threshold of an intelligence probe, law enforcement sources said today.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Scared Monkeys and Hot Air
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Sorourke / nation.foxnews.com:
WATCH: Paula Broadwell's Awkward Interview With Don Imus in January  —  IMUS: Is he married?  —  BROADWELL: He is married to Holly Petraeus, who is a wonderful Military spouse and done so much for their children and for children of fallen soldiers, I respect her immensely.
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.
AP Member Choice Limited / Associated Press:
Petraeus shocked at girlfriend's emails to friend  —  Leaders of congressional intelligence committees want to know more about the FBI investigation that led to David Petraeus resignation as CIA Director.  —  Ex-CIA director David Petraeus has told friends he was shocked to find that his biographer …
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny
Discussion: Business Insider
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Majority Leader Eric Cantor Knew of Petraeus Affair in October
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Scrutinized on Petraeus
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
Associated Press:
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema beats GOP's Vernon Parker in Arizona's 9th Congressional District  —  PHOENIX — Former Democratic state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been elected to represent a new Phoenix-area congressional district, emerging victorious after a bitterly fought race that featured millions of dollars in attack ads.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Kyrsten Sinema Wins Arizona House Seat, First Out Bi Member Of Congress
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Democrat Sinema wins Arizona House race
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Prairie Weather
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.
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Secession petitions flood White House website  —  President Obama's reelection last week has prompted a slew of requests to secede from the United States.  —  Using the Obama administration's own We the People website, nearly two dozen petitions have sprung up asking the Obama administration for permission to withdraw from the Union.
Jake Miller / CBS News:
Romney earned zero votes in some urban precincts  —  President Obama's victory over Mitt Romney in last Tuesday's presidential election was driven, in part, by the president's strength in urban areas, where robust support cushioned the incumbent against electoral deficits in rural America.
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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.
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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Rasmussen Reports:
As Fiscal Cliff Looms, Voters Want to Extend Tax Cuts Past 2012
Wick Allison / The American Conservative:
The Real GOP Fiasco: Fairness
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Politico and The Hill
National Enquirer:
CHER & THE MARRIED TV NERD  —  Photography by: Getty Images Entertainment  —  CHER has fallen for a new guy half her age - 33-year-old, married MSNBC broadcaster CHRIS HAYES.  —  The “Believe” singer, 66, has been gushing to friends about her huge crush on the nerdy rising cable star …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Allen West digs in  —  Florida Rep. Allen West has never been one to back down from a brawl — and he's not starting now.  —  The freshman tea party favorite is refusing to concede his hard-fought reelection campaign, despite vote tallies showing him trailing his Democratic challenger …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Norquist OK with Boehner tax stance
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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New York Post:
Gas rationing in NYC: A last chance for relief?
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
The red flags in Obama's foreign policy
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Terry Macalister / Guardian:
FSA examines whistleblower's claims of ‘Libor-like’ manipulation in gas prices
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Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Romney Political Director: ‘The Ground Game Worked Fine’
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Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Tea party activists blame losses on Republican establishment
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