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1:35 PM ET, November 13, 2012

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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Petraeus investigation ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan  —  PERTH, Australia — The FBI probe into the sex scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.
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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?
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 …
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
The Real David Petraeus Scandal  —  Petraeus, his wife, and Paula Broadwell at his CIA confirmation hearings.  (AP)  —  When, in the fall of 2011, David Petraeus moved from commanding the Afghanistan war effort to commanding the CIA, it was a disturbingly natural transition.
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 …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Confirmed: ABC Denver misnames Petraeus book: “All up in my snatch”  —  Oh my.  —  A reader just sent me something that I didn't believe.  Then he sent me a photo.  Then he sent me a video.  Then I found a comment on ABC Denver's Web site from another viewer who saw the same thing.
Katie Glueck / Reuters:
D.C. reeling over deepening scandal  —  Lawmakers in both parties, blindsided by new developments in the scandal that has hit the highest echelons of the Pentagon, said Tuesday they are bewildered by the conduct of the country's top generals and are demanding answers.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Politico
New York Times:
Motives Questioned in F.B.I. Inquiry of Petraeus E-Mails
Washington Post:
Petraeus hoped affair would stay secret and he could keep his job as CIA director
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Is Linked to Petraeus Scandal
Vernon Loeb / Washington Post:
Petraeus ghostwriter ‘clueless’ to affair
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Concern Grows Over Top Military Officers' Ethics
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Jindal: End ‘dumbed-down conservatism’  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and make a concerted effort to reach a broader swath of voters with an inclusive economic message that pre-empts efforts to caricature the GOP as the party of the rich.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan: I Didn't Lose Because Of The Issues, I Lost Because Of The ‘Urban’ Vote  —  In his first interview since losing the election, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wouldn't admit that voters rejected his economic vision and instead chalked up President Obama's victory to a large turnout of the “urban vote.”
Discussion: Brad DeLong
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Rep. Ryan: GOP ticket didn't lose election on budget, Medicare
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Your daily jolt: An invitation to Allen West from the Ga. GOP  —  Though he has yet to concede, U.S. Rep. Allen West, a former Army lieutenant colonel and Republican firebrand, narrowly lost his re-election bid last week.  —  So what's in the cards for the coastal Florida congressman after his lame-duck duties are done?
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Democrats Like a Romney Idea on Income Tax
Discussion: Wonkblog and Daily Kos
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack  —  In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.  —  While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief …
Discussion: Hot Air, emptywheel and The PJ Tatler
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems short on votes for filibuster reform  —  Democrats don't have the 51 votes they need in the Senate to change filibuster rules that could make it harder for the GOP minority to wield power in the upper chamber.  —  Lawmakers leading the charge acknowledge they remain short, but express optimism they'll hit their goal.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The 5 GOP Senators Most Likely To Work With Democrats
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 …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Liberals Line Up At The White House  —  What a difference an election makes.  —  In the wake of the 2010 drubbing of Democrats and the ascendancy of the Tea Party, President Obama was forced to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, angering plenty liberals in the party.
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama, Progressives Renew Wary Embrace
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
NationalJournal.com:
Wishful Thinking  —  The roots of Romney's defeat reach much deeper into the Republican Party than many would like to admit.  —  Last week's election is open to so many interpretations, many seemingly contradictory, that it offers something for almost anyone of any ideological or partisan stripe.
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.
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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