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8:40 AM ET, November 13, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
FBI Agent in Petraeus Case Under Scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON—A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors' concerns …
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Scandal probe ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan  —  ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — The FBI probe into the sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
PAULA'S EMAILS REVEALED  —  Broadwell's notes to Jill Kelley were full of ‘cat fight stuff,’ a source tells Michael Daly—but there were no overt threats, and Petraeus was barely mentioned.  So why did the FBI jump in?  —  AFP / Getty Images (inset) Barbara Sax  —  DID BROADWELL LEAK SECRETS?
Mike Allen / Politico:
Gen. John Allen ensnared in Petraeus scandal  —  Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the four-star U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan, exchanged thousands of “potentially inappropriate” emails with Jill Kelley, the Tampa woman who claimed to have been harassed by the ex-mistress …
Washington Post:
Petraeus hoped affair would stay secret and he could keep his job as CIA director  —  FBI agents searched the home of the woman at the center of the scandal involving former CIA director David H. Petraeus on Monday evening, carrying away boxes and bags of material and taking photographs inside her home in Charlotte.
Open Channel:
Emails on ‘coming and goings’ of Petraeus, other military officials escalated FBI concerns  —  The FBI discovered that emails received by Jill Kelley, a close friend of the Petraeus family, were sent by Paula Broadwell.  And as they dug deeper, the affair between Broadwell and Petraeus came to light.
New York Times:
Motives Questioned in F.B.I. Inquiry of Petraeus E-Mails  —  WASHINGTON — Is a string of angry e-mails really enough, in an age of boisterous online exchanges, to persuade the F.B.I. to open a cyberstalking investigation?  —  Sometimes the answer is yes, law enforcement officials …
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.
defense.gov:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Statement by the Secretary of Defense on General John Allen  —  On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to the Department of Defense a matter involving General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
Washington Post:
Obama considering John Kerry for job of defense secretary  —  President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Top Candidates for State Dept. Are Both Facing Possible Hurdles
Deborah Stocks / ABC15 Arizona:
Gilbert PD: Daniel Solomon run over by wife, Holly Solomon, for not voting  —  GILBERT, AZ - A Mesa woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly chased her husband around a Gilbert parking lot in an SUV during an argument over the presidential election.  —  The woman finally ran over her husband, leaving him with critical injuries.
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Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker:
Woman Blames Husband for Obama's Reelection, Runs Him Over with Her Jeep  —  Upset over the result of last week's presidential election, an Arizona woman ran over her husband with her car, believing him to be directly responsible for Obama's reelection because he didn't vote.
Bill Glauber / JSOnline:
After trying campaign, Ryan says losing race ‘a foreign experience’  —  By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  For Paul Ryan, election day as the Republican Party's vice presidential candidate had begun with bright promise.  The polls were looking good, he said.  A tight national race was expected.
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Alison Bauter / Journal Times:
‘Bittersweet’ homecoming for Paul Ryan - Former VP candidate reflects, looks ahead
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Norquist pledge takes election hit  —  Republicans might have held the House, but Grover Norquist's majority in Congress is all but gone.  —  Fewer incoming members of the House and Senate have signed the pledge against tax increases run by Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
CBS Contributor: White People Don't Like Abortion Because They Want to “Build Up the Race”  —  CBS News contributor Nancy Giles believes that white people don't like abortion because they are trying to “build up the race.”  Listen to what she said over the weekend on MSNBC …
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Windows Head Steven Sinofsky to Leave Microsoft  —  Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky is leaving the company, effective immediately, AllThingsD has confirmed.  —  The move comes less than a month after Sinofsky presided over the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft's Surface tablet-products seen …
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Potential hopefuls acting coy about their intentions  —  FONT:  —  Still suffering postelection hangovers and with votes still being tallied, political junkies in Arizona already have turned toward the 2014 gubernatorial race.  For the first time in more than a decade, the seat could be wide open.
Discussion: Valley Fever and Politico
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
 
 
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