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3:35 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary and Libya  —  The policy failure goes beyond the murder of her deputies in Benghazi.  —  David Petraeus told Congress Friday in closed hearings that the CIA believed from the start that the September 11 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were by terrorists.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Petraeus Says U.S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists
Haaretz:
LIVE BLOG: IDF prepares for ground invasion as Gaza offensive enters fourth day  —  Arab League delegation set to arrive in Gaza on Sunday; IDF chief instructs air force to intensify aerial attacks; Barak to Panetta: Israel is determined to achieve operation's goals; ‘Anonymous’ hackers launch an attack on Israeli websites.
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
The White House on Saturday defended Israel's right to defend itself against attack and decide how to respond to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, blaming the ruling Islamic militant Hamas group for starting the conflict.  —  Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are in agreement …
Discussion: Politico
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Anonymous takes down over 650 Israeli sites, wipes databases, leaks email addresses and passwords
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Gizmodo and The Agonist
Rami G. Khouri / Agence Global:   What's New in the Gaza-Israel Battle
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel Sticks to Tough Approach in Conflict With Hamas
Associated Press:
Rockets target Tel Aviv for 3rd day
Discussion: CNN
BuzzFeed:
Why Republicans Want Mitt Romney To Go Away  —  Romney will carry the party's baggage off stage.  “Toxic assets” into the bad bank of Mitt.  —  Image by Brian Snyder / Reuters  —  Ten days after at least some Republicans were surprised to see Mitt Romney lose the presidency, the candidate is gone without a trace.
CNN:
Photo: Obama imitates gymnast McKayla Maroney's ‘not impressed’ look  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama met with members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team on Thursday and mimicked gymnast McKayla Maroney's “not impressed” look.  —  “Did I just do the Not Impressed face with the President..?”
Kyle Balluck / Ballot Box:
West campaign: Murphy trying to suppress votes in Fla. county  —  Ahead of a recount of early votes in St. Lucie County, Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) campaign says lawyers for Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy are trying to “strong-arm” a judge.  —  West's team says Murphy's lawyers submitted …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The BRAD BLOG
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid and Boehner split over timing for deficit-reduction agreement  —  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: CNN and Politico
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Harry Reid to senators: No Libya panel
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.
Alice Hines / The Huffington Post:
Walmart's Internal Compensation Documents Reveal Systematic Limit On Advancement … FOLLOW:  —  Black Friday, Video, Sam's Club, Compensation, Dukes Vs. Walmart, Minimum Wage, Part-Time, Pay Caps, Pay Grades, Pay Plan, Walmart Managers, Walmart Promotions, Walmart Strikes, Walmart Wages, Business News
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Wal-Mart files U.S. labor charge against union
Discussion: Daily Kos and msnbc.com
Brendan Sasso / Ballot Box:
Democrat Ron Barber wins Gabby Gifford's seat in Arizona  —  Democratic Rep. Ron Barber has won a full term in Arizona's 2nd District after narrowly defeating Republican Martha McSally, the Associated Press said Saturday.  —  Barber was the district director for Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords …
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
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
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.
 
 
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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
Telegraph:
Young drivers could be banned from carrying non-family passengers
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and National Updates
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Paula Broadwell, FBI Agent?
 Earlier Items: 
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Ex-Rep. Tom Davis: Women, minorities ‘scared’ of GOP
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Who's to Blame for the Hostess Bankruptcy: Wall Street, Unions, or Carbs?
John O'Brien / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Cortland County district attorney admits acting in porn movies in 1970s
Todd Ruger / The BLT:
Alito Defends ‘Citizens’ in Speech to Federalist Society
 

 
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