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11:30 AM ET, November 11, 2012


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Zack Colman / Blog Summaries:
FBI uncovered Petraeus affair by chance  —  The FBI reportedly happened upon former CIA Director David Petraeus's extramarital affair while investigating a complaint from a woman close to Petraeus who had received harassing emails from the general's alleged mistress.
Discussion: The Hill and The Gateway Pundit
6 questions on Petraeus's exit  —  Resignations over scandals often raise more questions than they answer, and that's true of Gen. David Petraeus's abrupt exit from the Central Intelligence Agency.  —  Some have already been put to rest: Paula Broadwell, the author of “All In …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
FBI probe of Petraeus triggered by e-mail threats from biographer, officials say
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The GOP polling debacle  —  For Republicans, one of the worst parts of the GOP's 2012 trouncing was that they didn't see it coming.  —  Top party strategists and officials always knew there was a chance that President Barack Obama would get reelected, or that Republicans wouldn't gain control of the Senate.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
What Romney Lost  —  What happens to those who lose a presidential campaign?  Some can do it with heads rightly held high, and go on to give valuable service to the nation.  We were reminded of this just two weeks before the recent election, when George McGovern died.
New York Times:
Boehner Tells House G.O.P. to Fall in Line  —  WASHINGTON — On a conference call with House Republicans a day after the party's electoral battering last week, Speaker John A. Boehner dished out some bitter medicine, and for the first time in the 112th Congress, most members took their dose.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Karl Rove and his super PAC vow to press on  —  In the post-mortems of the 2012 election campaigns, it is already being written that the much-feared super PACs — those ostensibly independent, billionaire-funded outside organizations and their hundreds of millions in negative ads — turned out to be a bust.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Which Polls Fared Best (and Worst) in the 2012 Presidential Race  —  As Americans' modes of communication change, the techniques that produce the most accurate polls seems to be changing as well.  In last Tuesday's presidential election, a number of polling firms that conduct their surveys online had strong results.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Muir / ABCNEWS:
Romney to Supporters: ‘We Still Believe that Better Days Are Ahead’  —  On Friday morning, Mitt Romney and his wife Ann drove themselves to campaign headquarters in Boston.  Gone were the secret service detail and the motorcade that had trailed them in the final months of the campaign.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Hillary's Next Move  —  “Maybe I'll get a decorating show,” said Hillary Clinton.  —  It was a few weeks before the election.  Clinton was flying back from an overnight trip to Peru, talking — without any great enthusiasm — about the topic that would begin to obsess the American political world …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Matt Sedensky /
FLA. VOTE BEYOND RECOUNT RANGE; WEST WON'T CONCEDE  —  You are here  —  Home » United States House of Representatives » Fla. vote beyond recount range; West won't concede  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Firebrand Republican Rep. Allen West was defeated by Democratic challenger …
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Foodstamps Surge By Most In One Year To New All Time Record, In Delayed Release  —  While there had been speculation that the BLS may delay the release of its October nonfarm payroll number until after the election, it turned out there was no reason to worry.
Jerusalem Post:
Harvard ‘deeply troubled’ by row over Israeli buffet  —  Business School responds to former student's criticism, description of Israeli dining station as affront to Arabs.  —  Harvard Business School is “deeply troubled” for having offended Arab sensibilities due to the mischaracterization …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
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Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
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