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9:30 AM ET, November 14, 2012


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Hard questions await Obama at news conference  —  This is not what the White House wanted for President Barack Obama's first news conference of his second term.  —  He won't be able to dwell much on his stronger-than-expected victory or even press his agenda for the next four years.
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Krauthammer: White House 'Held Affair Over Petraeus's Head' For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi  —  Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday said the White House used David Petraeus's affair to get the CIA director to give testimony about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi …
EndPlay /
Photoshopped book title from Paula Broadwell's Gen. David Petraeus' biography goes viral on web
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Jill Kelley claims ‘honorary’ diplomatic status  —  Jill Kelley, the woman at the center of scandals swirling around Gens.  David Petraeus and John Allen, tried to invoke what she claimed was honorary diplomatic status in a 911 call complaining about trespassers on her lawn.
Josh Rogin / Associated Press:
Jill Kelley is an ‘honorary consul’ of South Korea  —  Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite connected to ISAF Commander John Allen and former CIA Director David Petraeus, is an “honorary consul” of South Korea, a diplomatic official with direct knowledge of the arrangement told The Cable.
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Who's doing who in the Obama team's sex scandals: A handy guide
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Tara McKelvey / The Atlantic Online:
The Writer and the General: What the Petraeus Affair Exposed About D.C.
Investor's Business Daily:
Look Who's Refusing To Compromise To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff  —  Budget Talks: If President Obama wants to get a deficit deal done to avoid the fiscal cliff, his biggest challenge won't be Republicans, but his own hard-core left-wing supporters.  —  Two days after the election …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Appeals To Activist Base For Help With Fiscal Cliff … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Barack Obama , Elections 2012, Fiscal Policy, Video, Mitch Stewart, Obama Activist Base, Obama Activists, Obama Base, Obama Disappointments, Obama Fiscal Cliff, Obama Mitch Stewart …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ryan: It ‘Looked Like We Stood A Pretty Good Chance Of Winning’ On Election Day  —  In an interview with WISN 12 News in Milwaukee on Monday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted that he and Mitt Romney were indeed caught off guard by the results of last week's election, claiming …
John R. Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Paul Ryan Exclusive: Obama Lacks Mandate to Raise Taxes  —  Despite a devastating loss last week, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan rejected Democratic claims of a mandate to raise tax rates on the wealthy.  —  Asked whether President Obama has a mandate on taxes …
The Irish Times:
Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital  —  Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month.  —  Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Relationship between Boehner, McConnell faces tough test  —  The relationship between House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) will be tested in the months ahead as political forces pull them in different directions.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner asks for second term
Discussion: Politico
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Hurricane Sandy: Katrina on the Hudson?  —  Glenn Reynolds notices similarities, in USA Today: … But there is one difference: … It took days for FEMA to hit the ground in hard-hit parts of NYC.  More than a week after the storm, FEMA representatives were just getting on the ground and opening temporary offices in New Jersey.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Colbert's super-PAC files termination paperwork with FEC  —  According to the Federal Election Commission, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow had its termination paperwork scanned onto the commission's website at about 7 p.m.  —  Among it its final disbursements, the committee reports giving the …
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Slavoj iek / Guardian:
Why Obama is more than Bush with a human face |  Slavoj iek  —  Ground-floor thinking can give Obama lift-off.  His reforms have already touched a nerve at the core of the US ideological edifice  —  How did Barack Obama win re-election?  The philosopher Jean-Claude Milner recently proposed …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Michael Cohen / Guardian:
General Petraeus' fatal flaw: not his affair, but the Afghan surge  —  The CIA director's resignation over a sex scandal has obscured how badly his counterinsurgency strategy failed in Afghanistan  —  More than three years ago, I sat in an overflow room in Washington, DC's Willard Hotel listening …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
US deficit was $120 billion in October  —  The U.S. racked up a $120 billion deficit in October, the first month in fiscal 2013, the Treasury Department reported on Tuesday.  —  The government spent $304 billion and collected only $184 billion in revenue.  —  That is a fast start to the new fiscal year.
Media Decoder:
Accuser Recants Allegation Against Elmo Puppeteer  —  Updated The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of the “Sesame Street” character Elmo, of an underage sexual relationship has recanted that claim, his lawyer said on Tuesday, one day after the claim was published by the gossip Web site TMZ.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Guardian, Tucson Weekly and Gawker
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