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Petraeus Says U.S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists – NYTimes.com

In their desperation, the Republicans tried to make a mountain out of a small hill when they tried to ride the unfortunate attack in Libya up the public opinion polls …   They lost the election and now look unpatriotic by attacking a diplomat who was doing her job and going against a President Obama who, if nothing else, has been an ace on foreign policy…

“David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told lawmakers on Friday that classified intelligence reports revealed that …”

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Joe Ricketts Rejects Plan to Finance Anti-Obama Ads – NYTimes.com

Joe Ricketts, an up-by-the-bootstraps billionaire whose varied holdings include a name-brand brokerage firm in Omaha, a baseball team in Chicago, herds of bison in Wyoming and a start-up news Web site in New York, wanted to be a player in the 2012 …

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Lexington: The classes drift apart | The Economist

JUST because he belongs to it himself does not make Newt Gingrich wrong when he grumbles that America is run by an out-of-touch elite. If you want evidence, the data can now be found in a book published this week by Charles Murray, the co-author in 1994 of “The Bell Curve”, which became controversial for positing a link between race and …

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Gov. Jan Brewer: An Obama move helped launch Arizonan’s career – latimes.com

When President Obama faced off this week against Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, it was probably a cold comfort to the nation’s chief executive that he has helped create the career of the woman with whom he has long …

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Un-American Activities : The New Yorker

In the tenth paragraph of a page A15 Times piece, Rick Santorum accuses Barack Obama of engaging in “absolutely un-American activities.” What are they? The article doesn’t say. The quote appears without explanation or …

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Gingrich’s Phony War : The New Yorker

If the 2012 Presidential campaign were analogous to the Second World War—and, for the record, it’s really, really not—what stage would we have reached? And who would even think about it in those terms? The answer to the second question is Newt Gingrich, whose dark …

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Gingrich Ballot Failure Highlights Challenge to Campaign – NYTimes.com

Newt Gingrich had declared confidently the other day that he would get his name on the ballot for the Republican primary in Virginia. In fact, he said he already had the requisite 10,000 signatures plus an …

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