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12:20 PM ET, November 17, 2012

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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
BREAKING: The president knew the truth about Benghazi  —  In a blockbuster report, John Solomon, the former Associated Press and Post reporter, has ferreted out the president's daily brief that informed him within 72 hours of the Sept. 11 attack that the Benghazi attack was a jihadist operation.
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John Solomon / WashingtonGuardian:
Officials divulge that Obama was told it was armed extremists, not a spontaneous mob, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens  —  U.S. intelligence told President Barack Obama and senior administration officials within 72 hours of the Benghazi tragedy that the attack was likely carried …
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Petraeus Says U.S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists  —  WASHINGTON — David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Friday that classified intelligence reports revealed that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic mission in Libya …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel Sticks to Tough Approach in Conflict With Hamas  —  TEL AVIV — With rockets landing on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Friday and the Egyptian prime minister making a solidarity visit to Gaza, the accelerating conflict between Israel and Hamas — reminiscent in many ways …
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Mondoweiss
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Iron Dome, Press Bias, and Israel's Lack of Strategic Thinking
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Sohrab Ahmari / Wall Street Journal:
How Free Speech Died on Campus  —  A young activist describes how universities became the most authoritarian institutions in America.  —  New York  —  At Yale University, you can be prevented from putting an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote on your T-shirt.  At Tufts, you can be censured for quoting certain passages from the Quran.
Discussion: Althouse
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats Unlikely to Regain House in 2014  —  Democrats did not have as strong a performance in races for the United States House of Representatives last week as they did in the contests for the Senate and the presidency.  Instead, Republicans retained control of the chamber.
Muhammad Lila / ABCNEWS:
Oops!  Taliban Reveal Identities of Their Mailing List Members  —  Somewhere out there, Mullah Omar must be shaking his head.  —  In a Dilbert-esque faux pax, a Taliban spokesperson sent out a routine email last week with one notable difference.He publicly CC'd the names of everyone on his mailing list.
Palm Beach Post:
St. Lucie will recount early votes in Murphy-West race Saturday morning at 9 a.m.  —  Dennis Petrinic (center) of Port St. Lucie and Roger Gangitano (right) of Melbourne yell at counter-protestors across Second Avenue in downtown Fort Pierce during a demonstration Friday morning in front of the St. Lucie County courthouse.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid and Boehner split over timing for deficit-reduction deal  —  A rift has emerged between Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over the timing of a deficit-reduction deal, which they discussed at the White House Friday.  —  The disagreement stems from a battle for leverage.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Anonymous takes down over 650 Israeli sites, wipes databases, leaks email addresses and passwords  —  When the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) this week began taking military action in the Gaza strip against Hamas (as the IDF announced on Twitter), Anonymous declared its own war as part of #OpIsrael.
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Ex-Rep. Tom Davis: Women, minorities ‘scared’ of GOP  —  A pair of Republican centrists on Friday offered this blunt prognosis of their party after its electoral drubbing: Many women and minorities are simply frightened of the GOP.  —  “Some of the groups that would have agreed with us on a lot of issues, they don't even look at us.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Telegraph:
Young drivers could be banned from carrying non-family passengers  —  Young drivers could be banned from carrying passengers, other than family members, under options being considered by Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary.  —  Under options being considered, young people could be banned …
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and National Updates
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Paula Broadwell, FBI Agent?  —  Six years ago, the woman who's now at the center of the investigation of David Petraeus nearly joined the bureau herself.  If only.  —  The FBI searches of her home this week must have been all the more surreal for Paula Broadwell because she once …
John O'Brien / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Cortland County district attorney admits acting in porn movies in 1970s  —  Mark Suben, the Cortland County district attorney, said today he acted in pornographic movies in the 1970s.  —  In a 3 p.m. news conference today, he admitted that he lied about his history to The Post-Standard …
Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain on Why the Republican Party Needs to Wake Up  —  Four years after her father lost his bid for presidency, Meghan McCain on why the Republican Party is still having a major identity crisis.  —  I found out early on Election Day that Mitt Romney wouldn't become our next president.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Matthew Hendley / Valley Fever:
Obama Voters No Longer Allowed at Pinetop Gun Store — “Effective Immediately”  —  If you're one of the 736 people in Pinetop who voted for President Obama last week, let it be known that you are no longer welcome inside one of the town's gun shops.  —  At least, that's according to the store's owner …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Arizona Gun Store: No Obama Voters Allowed
 
 
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Rebecca Schoenkopf / Wonkette:
Anonymous Claims It Stopped Karl Rove From Hacking The Election By Hacking ORCA, We Think
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Jack Coleman / NewsBusters.org:
Next Year, Year After, Whenever: Pelosi's Addled Take on US Departure From Afghanistan
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Ted Cruz: Mitt Romney ‘French-kissed’ Barack Obama
Brian Thompson / nbcnewyork.com:
Human Waste Continues to Pour into NY Harbor After Sandy
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why are observations of inflation so biased? And biased by gender?
Discussion: EconLog and Mother Jones
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Compassionate Conservatism Redux
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Justice Department Examining Ways To Make Voting Easier, Heeding President's Call To ‘Fix’ Long Lines
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
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Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Who's to Blame for the Hostess Bankruptcy: Wall Street, Unions, or Carbs?
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
House GOP: Obama officials using secret emails to avoid oversight
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Income Inequality Has Risen In Nearly Every State Over The Last Three Decades
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Why Lower Tax Rates Are Good for Everyone
Discussion: Examiner
Todd Ruger / The BLT:
Alito Defends ‘Citizens’ in Speech to Federalist Society
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Reince Priebus tries to lock down RNC chair again
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