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11:00 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:
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.
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 …
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.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Is Linked to Petraeus Scandal  —  In a statement released to reporters on his plane en route to Australia early Tuesday, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said that the F.B.I. had informed him on Sunday of its investigation of General Allen.
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.
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ret. Gen.: John Allen's ‘bizarre’ behavior
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan under investigation, scandal widens
Discussion: News Desk and Informed Comment
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Lawmakers react to generals scandal with questions
Discussion: Reuters and Starting Point …
Vernon Loeb / Washington Post:
Petraeus ghostwriter ‘clueless’ to affair
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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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.
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
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.
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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Richard A. Posner / Slate:
In Defense of the Electoral College  —  Five reasons to keep our despised method of choosing the president.  —  The Electoral College is widely regarded as an anachronism, a nondemocratic method of selecting a president that ought to be superseded by declaring the candidate who receives the most popular votes the winner.
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: Hot Air and Politico
 
 
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