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The Deeper Rot

By Mark Thompson

There’s something beyond the affair itself that’s troubling in the Petraeus scandal. It’s the toxic mess in Tampa that led to its disclosure.

There’s something vaguely off-putting about Tampa’s suddenl …


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Court Strikes Down Mich. Affirmative Action Ban

By Associated Press4 hours ago0

Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions was declared unconstitutional Thursday by a deeply divided federal appeals court, six years after state voters said race could not be an issue in choosing students.


The Many Ways Your Taxes Could Go Up in 2013 (Even If You’re Not Rich)

By Christopher MatthewsNov. 15, 20120

The No. 1 issue on Capitol Hill these days is the so-called “fiscal cliff,” or the set of tax increases and spending cuts that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.


Residents from Every State Sign Secession Petitions

By Madison GrayNov. 15, 20120

One of the many great things thing about America’s grand experiment in democracy is that people are free to object to it.

Military TrainingNov. 15, 2012


— The share of Air Force basic-training instructors rated “ineffective” on any given day, according to an investigation into sexual harassment at Lackland Air Force Base released Tuesday, due to “training, medical profiles, investigations, or reassignments.”

Aurora Shooting Hearing Postponed After James Holmes Taken to Hospital

By AP / Dan Elliott and Steven K. PaulsonNov. 15, 20120

A court hearing for the man charged with the Colorado movie theater killings has been postponed after his attorneys said Wednesday that he had been taken to a hospital for unspecified reasons.

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Petraeus Book Reviews Review: Fair & Foul

By Mark ThompsonNov. 15, 20120

It’s a bit like being a geologist pulling a core sample from the ground when reading the Amazon page dedicated to All In: The Education of General David Petraeus by Paula Broadwell, the retired general’s one-time paramour (wit …


BP Gets Record Fine in Gulf Oil Spill

By Associated PressNov. 15, 20120

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling billions of dollars, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday.

Foreign Policy

Egypt Asks US to Stop Israel’s Gaza Offensive

By Associated PressNov. 15, 20120

Egypt asked the United States to push Israel to stop its offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, warning that the violence could “escalate out of control,” the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

AfghanistanNov. 15, 20120

“You’re Gonna Be Fine”

Captain Stephen Watt of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, an en route critical care nurse, keeps watch over his wounded patient on a medevac flight from Kapisa Province, Nov. 5.


Texas School District Cancels Play About Gay Penguins

By Samantha GrossmanNov. 15, 20120

t’s true: life imitates art. In an episode of Parks and Recreation (which NewsFeed certainly considers art), protagonist Leslie Knope received fierce backlash after she performed a “marriage” ceremony for two penguins — la …

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