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11:15 AM 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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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 …
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
Associated Press:
Petraeus Says C.I.A. Saw Libya Attack as Terrorism
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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.
Jerusalem Post:
Cabinet OKs 75,000 reservists for possible Gaza operation  —  Government increases cap of reservists for possible ground operation in Gaza from 30,000 to 75,000; FM Liberman says the government is not considering toppling Hamas.  —  Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the IDF's request …
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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
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
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Wall Street Journal:
First Talks Bring Hope of Broad Budget Deal
Discussion: The Page
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.
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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Politico:
Judge denies Allen West recount request
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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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Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Who's to Blame for the Hostess Bankruptcy: Wall Street, Unions, or Carbs?  —  Try all of the above.  —  (Reuters)  —  Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkie and Wonder Bread, is getting ready to bake its last corn-syrupy snack cake.  After failing to win major contract concessions …
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
House GOP: Obama officials using secret emails to avoid oversight  —  The House science committee is demanding the White House explain why top administration officials are using secret e-mail accounts and other techniques to conceal their taxpayer-paid activities from public oversight.
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The Daily Caller:
Woman in Petraeus scandal visited White House
Discussion: Poynter
 
 
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why are observations of inflation so biased? And biased by gender?
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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: Talking Points Memo
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Income Inequality Has Risen In Nearly Every State Over The Last Three Decades
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Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Why Lower Tax Rates Are Good for Everyone
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Dozen House Women Defend Rice Over Libya Comments
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