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9:55 AM ET, November 16, 2012


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CNN: PETRAEUS TO TESTIFY HE KNEW LIBYA WAS TERRORISM ‘ALMOST IMMEDIATELY’  —  Just a few minutes ago on CNN, Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reported that a high-placed source informed her that former CIA Chief David Petraeus will use his upcoming testimony to amend his previous testimony.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Petraeus ‘Knew Almost Immediately’ Al Qaeda-Linked Group Responsible for Benghazi  —  David Petraeus is going to tell members of Congress that he “knew almost immediately after the September 11th attack, that the group Ansar al Sharia, the al Qaeda sympathizing group in Libya was responsible for the attacks,” CNN reports.
Fox News:
Intel officials struggle to explain Libya talking points, pressure on Petraeus to clear the air  —  Top intelligence officials struggled to explain to lawmakers Thursday why their initial talking points after the Libya attack minimized the role of militant groups, putting pressure …
Discussion: Power Line, NO QUARTER USA NET and CNN
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Audacity of 51%  —  Get ready for higher taxes and no spending reform.  —  “Maybe peace would have broken out with a different kind of White House, one less committed to waging a perpetual campaign—a White House that would see a 51-48 victory as a call to humility and compromise rather than an irrefutable mandate.”
Washington Free Beacon:
Petraeus Knew ‘Almost Immediately’ Terrorists Responsible for Benghazi Attack
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CBS News:
CIA talking points for Susan Rice called Benghazi attack “spontaneously inspired” by protests
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Times See No Evil CEO Mark Thompson's Veil of Ignorance Continues To Unravel  —  The NY Times stuck with embattled former BBC chief Mark Thompson based on his assurances that despite thirty-three years at the BBC including eight at the helm he had never heard a whisper about BBC star Jimmy Savile's pedophilia.
Matthew Purdy / New York Times:
Letter Raises Questions About When BBC Ex-Chief Learned of Abuse Cases  —  A legal letter sent on behalf of Mark Thompson, the former director general of the BBC, raises questions about his assertions that he learned of accusations of sexual abuse against its longtime host Jimmy Savile only after leaving the corporation's top job.
McCain skips Benghazi briefing, gets testy when questioned by CNN  —  (CNN) - Most of the Republican members of a Senate committee investigating the terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, skipped a classified briefing by administration officials on the incident Wednesday, CNN has learned.
Gaza crisis: Egyptians back under-fire Palestinians  —  The BBC's Wyre Davies describes a “long and difficult night” in Gaza, saying “the ante has been stepped-up on both sides”  —  Egyptian leaders have promised to support Gaza against Israeli attacks, as violence escalated for a third day.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
House GOP: Hey, who's up for a few earmarks?  Update: Proposal withdrawn  —  Alternate headline: The House GOP has a fee-vah and the only prescription is ... more pork-barrel politics!  Having won the House majority two election cycles in a row, some inside the GOP caucus want to bring back earmarking — with reforms, of course:
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Leaders' Debate: Change Message or Candidates?  —  LAS VEGAS—Two weeks after their presidential election defeat, Republican Party leaders are falling into roughly two camps as they struggle to explain what happened and devise ways to broaden the party's base.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Governors Gather, Prescriptions and Whispers for 2016
Discussion: Washington Post, The Fix and Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama, Boehner launch second effort to reach grand fiscal deal  —  President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and their staffs will be the principal negotiators in talks to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”  —  As the talks begin formally at the White House Friday, lawmakers and special interest groups …
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama, GOP Leaders Hold Fiscal Summit at White House
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Bethany Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
Why Isn't Sandy Obama's Katrina?  —  The pictures from New Orleans after Katrina were iconic.  Stories breathlessly filed from the Superdome warned of rampant crimes, inadequate access to basic sanitation, even babies getting raped (which was later proven to be a rumor).
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt's Inglorious Shuffle Off the National Stage  —  In 1952 Adlai Stevenson was the presidential nominee of the Democratic party and lost.  He was renominated in 1956 to face Dwight Eisenhower again.  And again he lost.  There are some other cases like this in American history.
Jim Epstein / Reason:
Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare  —  Surgery center provides free-market medicine.  —  Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry …
Discussion: AEIdeas, Power Line and Hot Air
Hostess Brands Inc / PR Newswire:
Hostess Brands to Wind Down Company After BCTGM Union Strike Cripples Operations  —  Hostess Brands Inc. today announced that it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities.
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
US appeals court strikes down Michigan ban on affirmative action (+video)  —  While the 8-7 ruling on affirmative action did not address the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions to college, the majority said Michigan's prohibition on the policy ‘places special burdens on racial minorities.’
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Here on the Fiscal Slopes  —  I don't think this will be a regular feature, but here are a few things on everybody's favorite cliff/slope metaphor that caught my eye at the end of the day:  —  First of all, unions are so far following through on protecting social insurance against potential attacks from both parties:
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Paradise Valley Journal: Arizona Still Awaiting Some Election Results  —  PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — The question of tipping the political scales in Arizona, like anyplace, is “purely mathematical,” Bruce Merrill said.  More people voting for the other side matters only if enough of them vote …
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UK moves towards Syria opposition
Discussion: The Agonist
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller has obtained details of an ACHIEVE Act proposal …
Spencer Kent / New Jersey Online:
Man admits he committed voter fraud to make a point, now being investigated by Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexander Burns / Politico:
McAuliffe taps Mook, Stoney to lead campaign
Discussion: The Fix
Micah Cohen / New York Times:
Gay Support Buoyed Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Lessons of Defeat for the GOP
Discussion: Capital New York
Israeli Prime Minster Deletes Tweet Thanking Obama
Discussion: WorldViews and Israel Matzav
The Seattle Times:
Shirtless FBI agent: Photo was joke emailed to friends, reporter
Discussion: BuzzFeed and New York Magazine
Mark Murray / First Read:
RNC report suggests other reasons why Romney lost