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2:55 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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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.
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.
Associated Press:
In this photograph taken on October 10, 2012, newly appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (SACEUR) U.S. General John Allen looks on following a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers at NATO headquarter in Brussels  —  (PERTH, Australia) — In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal …
New York Times:
Motives Questioned in F.B.I. Inquiry of Petraeus E-Mails
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
ABC Affiliate Ran Phony Cover of Broadwell Book
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.”
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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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ryan pushes Price for House leadership post
Discussion: CNN
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.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The 5 GOP Senators Most Likely To Work With Democrats
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: CNN, Hot Air, emptywheel and The PJ Tatler
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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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 …
Rick Perlstein / The Nation:
Exclusive: Lee Atwater's Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy  —  It has become, for liberals and leftists enraged by the way Republicans never suffer the consequences for turning electoral politics into a cesspool, a kind of smoking gun.  The late, legendarily brutal campaign …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Broad Concern about ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Consequences  —  Public Is Skeptical Deal Will Be Reached  —  OVERVIEW  —  As the president and congressional leaders begin negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” deadline at the end of the year, there is widespread public concern about the possible financial consequences.
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.
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Earth to GOP: Get a Grip  —  Conservatives should demand IQ tests of Republican candidates.  —  In January I was rebuked by some readers for predicting that the GOP would lose, and for saying it deserved to lose, too.  —  “It doesn't matter that Americans are generally eager to send Mr. Obama packing,” I wrote.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
The Official Google Blog:
Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise  —  We think it's important to shine a light on how government actions could affect our users.  When we first launched the Transparency Report in early 2010, there wasn't much data out there about how governments sometimes hamper the free flow of information on the web.
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.
 
 
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