3:49pm

Sat November 17, 2012
Around the Nation

The Rise And Fall Of David Petraeus

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 6:17 pm

Should David Petraeus' extramarital affair be considered a disqualifying factor for his public position?
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Former CIA Director David Petraeus went through a spectacular public downfall, just over a week ago, when news of his affair spurred his resignation.

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2:56pm

Sat November 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Gaza And Israel Trade Rockets For Airstrikes

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:29 am

Rockets lunched by Palestinian militants toward Israel make their way from the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday.
Hatem Moussa AP
  • Hamas Remains Defiant As Fighting Escalates

The conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip continues to escalate after Israeli airstrikes flattened key targets in Gaza, and Palestinian rockets threatened deeper into Israel than ever before.

The death toll in Gaza doubled overnight to at least 39 people, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Gaza City. Around 300 airstrikes overnight hit the Hamas prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels, among other targets.

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2:52pm

Sat November 17, 2012
Movie Interviews

Ang Lee On 'Life Of Pi' And Being A Slave To Film

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 11:45 am

Lost at sea, Pi (Suraj Sharma) Patel begins to make an extraordinary connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
20th Century Fox

Director Ang Lee's new film, Life of Pi, tells the story of a 16-year-old Indian boy who is the lone survivor of a terrible shipwreck. Pi Patel finds himself lost at sea, alone on a boat with a Bengal tiger.

The film is based on Yann Martel's fantasy novel of the same name. The book won the 2002 Man Booker prize for fiction and was optioned to be turned into a film even though it was considered by many in Hollywood to be unfilmable: How do you make a movie that takes place almost entirely on a boat? And with a real tiger?

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1:51pm

Sat November 17, 2012
Music Interviews

DJ Shadow On Sampling As A 'Collage Of Mistakes'

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 6:04 pm

DJ Shadow's latest release is the career-spanning, limited-edition box set Reconstructed.
Courtesy of the artist

11:04am

Sat November 17, 2012
Middle East

Iron Dome Embraces Tel Aviv As Residents Take Cover

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:30 am

Israeli civilians in Tel Aviv run for cover during a rocket attack launched from Gaza on Saturday.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

Sarah and Yael Levintin raised their wine glasses to the sky and toasted the Iron Dome system that had just been deployed outside Israel's commercial center.

The two sisters decided to leave their apartment Friday evening after two rockets fired into the Tel Aviv area were successfully intercepted by the system.

"We had stayed home all day because we didn't want to take the chance that, you know, we'd be away from the bomb shelter," said Yael Levintin. "We aren't used to war. I guess we are kind of babies about it."

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8:25am

Sat November 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Bears Coach Mike Ditka 'Feels Good' After Minor Stroke

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:28 am

Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka suffered a minor stroke on Friday. He's telling fans he's fine, but he will be taking the weekend off from his job as analyst at ESPN.
Kiichiro Sato AP

Former Bears Coach Mike Ditka was hospitalized after suffering a minor stroke on Friday. The Hall of Famer says doctors have assured him the stroke was slight, and he told The Chicago Tribune, "I feel good right now and it's not a big deal." As the Tribune explains:

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7:03am

Sat November 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Do We Really Need A Second Inauguration?

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 2:53 pm

President Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama on the night of his inauguration, Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington.
Charles Dharapak AP

For the sake of argument, let's agree that when we use the word "inauguration" in this particular post, we are talking about the multiday, ball-bestrewn, soiree-soaked, tuxedo-dappled extravaganza that costs tens of millions of dollars and often leaves many Americans out in the cold — figuratively and literally.

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6:48am

Sat November 17, 2012
Planet Money

A Sequester Is A 'Jelly-Like Mass,' And Other Notes On Fiscal-Cliff Jargon

Charles Dharapak AP

Here's a quick rundown on three of the most impenetrable terms related to the fiscal cliff. For more, see our post, The Fiscal Cliff In Three And A Half Graphics.

1. Sequester

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4:28am

Sat November 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama And Lawmakers' Confidence About Avoiding Cliff Isn't Universal

Congressional leaders after their meeting with President Obama Friday. From left: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), House Speaker John Boehner (R) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R).
Jacquelyn Martin AP

As President Obama and congressional leaders started negotiations Friday to find a way to avoid the nation's going over the fiscal cliff, it was fairly plain that even some of those who are wisest in the ways of Washington couldn't agree on whether policymakers would actually be able to prevent the federal government from becoming a cliff diver.

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4:28am

Sat November 17, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

The Big Apple's Mayor Makes A Very Scary Video

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:15 am

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