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  1. HURRICANE SANDY N.Y., N.J. Warn of Long Recovery Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

    1. N.Y., N.J. Warn of Long Recovery

    Nine days after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, the governors of New York and New Jersey are warning residents that the recovery will be long—especially in coastal areas where thousands of homes were destroyed. Power hasn’t yet returned to certain areas of the states, and New Yorkers are dealing with gasoline rationing for the first time in decades. At least 120 people in the U.S. were killed by the storm, which has caused an estimated $50 billion in damages and economic loss. “This is our Katrina,” said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

    November 9, 2012 9:48 PM

  2. SUPREME COURT Justices to Rule on Voting Rights Act Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    2. Justices to Rule on Voting Rights Act

    After dozens of states tried to modify their voter identification criteria this election cycle, the Supreme Court will take up a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 is a key part of the law that requires that states with a history of discrimination receive federal approval before changing their voting laws. State officials in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia are challenging the law, arguing it’s outdated. Congress reauthorized the law in 2006 by huge margins in both the Senate and the House.

    November 9, 2012 5:03 PM

  3. DOWN AND OUT Petraeus Resigns as CIA Director Cliff Owen / AP Photo

    3. Petraeus Resigns as CIA Director

    Gen. David Petraeus resigned as CIA director Friday, citing an extramarital affair. Officials confirm Petraeus’s affair surfaced during an FBI probe of his email, and his biographer Paula Broadwell. Broadwell is being investigated for improperly trying to access his email. In a resignation letter to the White House, Petraeus wrote that he had been married for 37 years and exercised “extremely poor judgment” in cheating on his wife, Holly, who has also worked for the Obama administration. President Obama saluted Petraeus for his “extraordinary service” and added that CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morrell will take over as acting director. The Senate Intelligence Committee says Petraeus will no longer testify at next week’s closed hearings on Benghazi. Let the conspiracy theories begin. 

    November 9, 2012 4:01 PM


    4. Lockheed Martin COO Ousted

    Petraeus, you’re not alone. Lockheed Martin CEO-to-be Christopher Kubasik was ousted from the company Friday after it was revealed that he had a “close personal relationship with a subordinate employee,” according to a statement from the security company. Lockheed’s board of directors asked for and received a resignation from COO Kubasik, 51, who was scheduled to take over as CEO in January. The board said Kubasik’s relationship with a subordinate violates the company’s code of ethics and has already promoted someone else to replace him.

    November 9, 2012 5:57 PM

  5. FISCAL CLIFF Obama: Extend Tax Cuts Now Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

    5. Obama: Extend Tax Cuts Now

    President Obama insisted Friday that tax increases to the wealthiest Americans are necessary to cut the deficit while extending the middle-class tax cuts. Obama said he is willing to work with the House Republicans on this, but added he would veto any bill with tax cuts for those with an income of more than $250,000 a year. Obama insisted he “has the pen ready” to sign legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, showing that he is not willing to get into another argument like the debt-ceiling fiasco.

    November 9, 2012 1:23 PM

  6. BUMMER Sen. Feinstein Laments Petraeus’s Resignation Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    6. Sen. Feinstein Laments Petraeus’s Resignation

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein had some kind words for outgoing CIA chief David Petraeus. The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee told CNN his resignation is “tragic for this human being.” Feinstein said his departure had nothing to do with the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans. Acting CIA Director Michael Morell will testify on Capitol Hill next week about the attack. “I know what the personal story is,” she said. “It is not a cover-up.” In a separate press release, Feinstein said she wished President Obama had not accepted his resignation.

    November 9, 2012 5:46 PM

  7. WAR ON COAL Energy CEO Lays Off Staff With a Prayer Douglas C. Pizac / AP Photo

    7. Energy CEO Lays Off Staff With a Prayer

    Really? The day after President Obama was reelected, CEO Robert E. Murray—the head of the largest privately owned coal-mining company in the U.S.—read a prayer to his employees and asked God for forgiveness for laying off nearly 150 employees. He blamed a “war on coal” lead by Obama, of course. Back in October, The New Republic reported that Murray Energy—which has been scrutinized by environmentalists for several sludge spills into an Ohio river—made its miners attend a Romney speech in Ohio over the summer. The CEO has denied the account. The report also claims that the company’s employees have donated more than $1.4 million to Republican presidential candidates since 2007.

    November 9, 2012 4:58 PM

  8. FAMILY LEGACY Another Bush Seeks Texas Office Justin Sullivan

    8. Another Bush Seeks Texas Office

    America hasn’t seen the last of the Bush clan. Thirty-six-year-old George P. Bush has submitted a candidate declaration with the Texas Ethics Commission, but did not specify which office he has his eyes on. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s son already has a big followin—especially among Hispanic conservatives—and even just the idea of another Bush on the ballot has Texas Republicans giddy. “I think George P. Bush is the future of the party,” said Bush’s cofounder in Hispanic Republicans of Texas. “Whichever office he decides to seek, we will support him 110 percent.”

    November 9, 2012 6:13 PM

  9. PENMAN'S COMPLAINT Philip Roth Quitting Fiction Richard Drew / AP Photo

    9. Philip Roth Quitting Fiction

    Well this is a blow the publishing industry doesn’t need. Philip Roth is apparently giving up fiction. The classic American author announced via a French publication that he’s simply over writing novels. “To tell you the truth, I’m done,” he said. “Nemesis will be my last book.” Roth indulged himself and his interviewer by explaining, “I wanted to see if I had wasted my time writing, and I thought it was rather successful. At the end of his life, the boxer Joe Louis said: ‘I did the best I could with what I had.’ This is exactly what I would say of my work: I did the best I could with what I had.” What’s next? Screenplays?

    November 9, 2012 3:52 PM

  10. MODERN FAMILY Ariel Winter’s Mom Denies Abuse Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    10. Ariel Winter’s Mom Denies Abuse

    Modern Family actress Ariel Winter is locked in a family spat that only seems to be getting uglier. A judge gave temporary guardianship last month to the 14-year-old's older sister after allegations of physical and verbal abuse from her mother arose. Winter’s mom is denying the allegations—including that she called her daughter fat—and says the confusion stemmed from finding Ariel in bed with her older boyfriend, and now in court documents, says she never put Ariel down because of her weight. “Since birth, I have loved and cared for Ariel in all her physiological and emotional needs,” she said.



    November 9, 2012 5:34 PM

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  12. AFTER SANDY ‘Sesame Street’ Airing Storm Special PBS

    11. ‘Sesame Street’ Airing Storm Special

    Big Bird can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight these days. After the presidential campaign turned him into a viral meme, superstorm Sandy is wreaking havoc on his nest on Sesame Street this Friday. The show’s hurricane special, “Sesame Street Gets Through a Storm,” which first aired in September 2001 as a five-part series and again in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, is coming back to educate kids in the wake of Sandy. The tweaked episode hones in on Big Bird’s attempt to repair his destroyed nest with the help of Elmo and other Sesame Street pals.

    November 9, 2012 11:11 AM

  13. CHILD-STAR WOES Cops: ‘Modern Family’ Mom Lying Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    12. Cops: ‘Modern Family’ Mom Lying

    The mother of 14-year-old Modern Family star Ariel Winter fired back Friday with explosive claims about her daughter’s illicit affair with an 18-year-old man after she was stripped of custody of the young actress—but now cops say they aren’t buying it. According to TMZ, mom Chrystal Workman didn’t come forward about the sexual relationship until after she lost custody of Winter on Oct. 3. Winter has been placed in the care of her older sister after allegations of physical and emotional abuse were levied against Workman. Cops reportedly say Workman probably made up the story to save face.

    November 9, 2012 12:09 PM

  14. The Friendly Skies Military Jet Escorts Flight to D.C. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    13. Military Jets Escort Flight to D.C.

    He probably should have gone back to his seat. An emergency was declared aboard a United Airlines flight from Denver to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, after a passenger began praying in the middle of the aisle. Military jets were then dispatched to escort the plane to D.C. and the plane landed safely at Denver International Airport. A spokeswoman for United said that the action was taken because the passenger would not follow flight-attendant instructions.

    November 9, 2012 7:29 AM

  15. Diabolical Rove: Obama Suppressed the Vote David Goldman / AP Photo

    14. Rove: Obama Suppressed the Vote

    Don’t fret Republicans, Karl Rove is on the case. Following his failed plan to spend super PAC money to beat President Obama and flip the Senate, the Republican strategist accused president Obama of voter suppression. During a Fox News appearance on Thursday, Rove insisted that President Obama won reelection because he “succeeded in suppressing the vote” by airing negative ads that “turned off” voters. But even Fox News host Megyn Kelly was not buying it, interrupting Rove to say, “But he won, Karl, he won!”

    November 9, 2012 7:01 AM

  16. Quadrilogy Wahlberg Joins ‘Transformers 4’ Frederick M. Brown / Getty Imagea

    15. Wahlberg Joins ‘Transformers 4’

    He has some very large shoes to fill. Michael Bay has announced that Mark Wahlberg will star in Transformers 4, set to be released in June  2014. Bay and Wahlberg also worked together on the upcoming body-builder thriller, Pain & Gain, which costars Dwayne Johnson. Bay said in a press release, “Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain & Gain, and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy."

    November 9, 2012 7:37 AM

  17. SORE LOSER? Adviser: Romney ‘Shellshocked’ Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    16. Adviser: Romney ‘Shellshocked’

    Between the accidental victory site post and single speech preparation, it’s pretty clear Mitt Romney did not expect to lose the presidential race. But as it became obvious that President Barack Obama was going to keep his position Tuesday night, one Romney adviser described the realization that they weren’t going to win as a “sucker punch.” Another adviser told CBS Romney “was shellshocked” by the loss, and was thrust onstage for his concession speech before he had a chance to fully process what had happened. According to an aide, both Ann Romney and Janna Ryan cried after realizing the imminent loss. “We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory,” said a senior adviser. “I don’t think there was one person who saw this coming.”

    November 8, 2012 10:56 PM

  18. RESOLUTION Mark Kelly: No ‘Closure’ Ross D. Franklin / AP Photo

    17. Mark Kelly: No ‘Closure’

    “Not exactly closure, but it is resolution,” is how Mark Kelly described his wife Gabby Giffords’ feelings about the sentencing of her shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, Thursday. In an interview with Diane Sawyer, the former congresswoman’s husband said Giffords stared into Loughner’s eyes as Kelly spoke to the court and noticed “[He was] a little defiant in the way looking at us and looking at Gabby. I got the sense he was trying to intimidate us, especially my wife.” Loughner was given seven life sentences without parole for the shooting that killed six and injured 13, including Giffords. Kelly spoke on his wife’s behalf at the trial and told Loughner she is “done thinking about you.”

    November 8, 2012 10:18 PM

  19. SAY WHA? Boehner: Obamacare Is ‘Law of the Land’ Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    18. Boehner: Obamacare Is ‘Law of the Land’

    Well that’s quite a turnaround. In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner called Obamacare “the law of the land.” When asked if it was still his mission to repeal the president’s signature legislation he said “I think the election changes that. It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected.” Even if Republicans can’t repeal the law, they may still try to change parts of it, Boehner said. Just a few hours later, Boehner’s spokesman walked back the comments, telling news outlets that the House Republicans are still committed to repealing the entire law.

    November 8, 2012 6:58 PM

  20. Call of Money SEAL Team Six Members Disciplined Electronic Arts / AP Photo

    19. SEAL Team Six Members Disciplined

    Who can resist video games? Seven members of SEAL Team Six have been disciplined for allegedly revealing secrets while working on a new video game. At least one of the SEALs was on the famous raid that killed Osama bin Laden. While working as paid consultants on recently released video game, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, the members of SEAL Team Six allegedly gave away classified information that had been given to them by the Navy. The game does not re-create the Osama bin Laden mission, but it does portray other missions, like assaulting a pirates’ den in Somalia. Punishment includes reprimand letters, which will prevent them from receiving promotions, and the SEALs have also lost two months of pay.

    November 9, 2012 7:33 AM

  21. Mum’s the Word Iran Silent on Drone Attack Eric Gay / AP Photo

    20. Iran Silent on Drone Attack

    Despite confirmed reports that Iranian warplanes fired on a U.S. drone over international waters on Thursday, Iran remained silent about the incident on Friday. The Pentagon has confirmed the warplanes fired on the unarmed Predator drone in international airspace 16 miles east of Iran on November 1, but neither Tehran nor Iran’s state-run media has mentioned it. The drone was not damaged during the attack.

    November 9, 2012 7:00 AM

  22. Next Move Romney Mulls Post-Election Options Stephan Savoia / AP Photo

    21. Romney Mulls Post-Election Options

    Mitt Romney may not have won the election, but that doesn’t mean his job prospects are dim. Shortly after conceding the election, Mitt Romney told staffers that this would be his last political campaign, with sources saying he said “I will not fall off the map.” Sources say the former English major is likely to write another book, although some friends say he will not pursue a now-common route of defeated Republican politicians and become a pundit. But don’t think Romney follow Richard Nixon's path of running again: former John McCain campaign advisers Steve Schmidt said, “The only door that is closed to Mitt Romney for the remainder of his life is being president of the United States.”

    November 9, 2012 6:57 AM


    22. Racist Election Tweets Came From South

    Geographers have put together an unsettling interactive map of the racist states of America, tracking a slew of bigoted speech on Twitter following President Obama’s reelection. Hate speech and tweets calling the president a monkey came primarily from the Southeast, according to the map, and were heavily concentrated in Mississippi and Alabama. The research group that charted the tweets said they are a “useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad.”

    November 9, 2012 11:52 AM

  24. Exodus 8,000 Syrians Flee to Turkey STR / AFP / Getty Images

    23. 8,000 Syrians Flee to Turkey

    Fleeing the carnage in Syria, roughly 8,0000 refugees have entered Turkey in the last 24 hours, according to a Turkish foreign-ministry official. This huge figure reportedly includes 26 officers who defected from the Syrian military and fled overnight. The recent surge brings the total number of Syrian refugees in Turkey to 120,000. In recent weeks, Syrians have become less supportive of the rebels after a series of poorly planned missions, violence to civilians, suspicion of criminal activity, and the killing of prisoners—all while the rebels have become more connected with jihadists.

    November 9, 2012 6:48 AM

  25. POST-ELECTION Boehner: Tax Increase ‘Unacceptable’ Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    24. Boehner: Tax Increase ‘Unacceptable’

    Those days of playing nice with the president on the golf course are over. House Speaker John Boehner said raising tax rates is “unacceptable” in his first broadcast interview since the election. “Frankly, it couldn’t even pass the House,” Boehner told Diane Sawyer. But he said he’s willing to work with Obama’s proposals even if they clash with the GOP’s principles. “I’m the most reasonable, responsible person here in Washington,” Boehner added. “The president knows it.”

    November 9, 2012 1:34 PM

  26. UNCUFFED JetBlue Pilot Freed Randall County Sheriff's Office / Getty Images

    25. JetBlue Pilot Freed

    The JetBlue pilot who went “nuts” on a cross-country flight last spring is free to go about his life as he wishes—on a few conditions. Clayton Osbon, who was charged for running into the cabin mid-flight and yelling “Iraq, al Qaeda, terrorism, we’re all going down,” was found not guilty by reason of insanity in July. On Friday, a Texas judge said he can go home rather than being committed to a mental institution, so long as he never flies or boards a plane again and doesn’t communicate with the JetBlue passengers he terrorized.

    November 9, 2012 2:23 PM

  27. VERKLEMPT Obama Cries in Speech to Staff / AP Photo

    26. Obama Cries in Speech to Staff

    A video of President Obama getting emotional while thanking his campaign staff has gone viral. Nearly 1.5 million people have watched the clip since it was published on YouTube on Thursday. The newly reelected commander in chief spoke to his young team about his own salad days in Chicago and said, “It’s not that you guys remind me of myself, it’s the fact that you are so much better than I was, in so many ways.” When recalling how he felt on election night, before his win had been solidified, Obama got choked up, his voice quivered as he wiped a tear from his eye and said, “I’m really proud of you.”

    President Obama got emotional during his speech to his campaign staff.

    November 9, 2012 10:14 AM

  28. YIKES SEC Computers Unprotected? Greg E. Mathieson, MAI / Landov

    27. SEC Computers Unprotected?

    What were they thinking? Staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission have failed to encrypt computers containing data from stock exchanges, leaving the highly sensitive information vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a report from Reuters. Sources familiar with the matter said that some staffers even brought the computers to a convention where hacking pros discuss the latest trends in their trade. But so far there’s no evidence that any data has been breached.

    November 9, 2012 11:00 AM

  29. International Symbol Malala Wanted for Peace Prize Niranjan Shrestha / AP Photo

    28. Malala Wanted for Peace Prize

    While Malala Yousafzai continues to recuperate from gunshot wounds in a British hospital, over 87,000 people from around the world have been at work, nominating the young Pakistani activist for the Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai, 15, became internationally known when she was shot by members of the Taliban for arguing for equal education for girls in Pakistan. “A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for the right of girls to get an education,” said one of the British campaigners petitioning to award Yousafzai.

    November 9, 2012 2:09 PM