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Stories for November 17, 2012

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How Do Public Officials Bounce Back After Scandal?

Nov. 17, 2012
NPR Staff / NPR

The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus -- and the extramarital affair and FBI investigation that led up to it -- has been at the top of the news for the past week.

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Heidi: The Little Girl Who Changed Football Forever

Nov. 17, 2012
NPR Staff / NPR

Forty-four years ago, a little girl changed the world of sports in an incident known today as "The Heidi Game."

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

Nov. 17, 2012
Melisa Goh / NPR

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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Rescue Mission Offers More Than Just A Thanksgiving Meal

Nov. 17, 2012
By Dwane Brown

More than 2,000 people are expected for the San Diego Rescue Mission's annual Thanksgiving feast.

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Week in Review: An Underwater Convention Center?

Nov. 17, 2012
By Claire Trageser

An underwater Convention Center, politicians changing jobs and a potentially fishy mayoral poll.

Do We Really Need A Second Inauguration?

Nov. 17, 2012
Linton Weeks / NPR

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.

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

Nov. 17, 2012
David Kestenbaum / NPR

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.

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

Nov. 17, 2012
Frank James / NPR

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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After Benghazi Hearings, Flurry Of Concern Unsettled

Nov. 17, 2012
Tom Gjelten / NPR

David Petraeus' resignation from the CIA further complicated the debate over the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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Solving Fiscal Cliff Math Might Come Down To Two

Nov. 17, 2012
David Welna / NPR

Fresh off his re-election, a politically fortified President Obama summoned the top four congressional leaders to the White House Friday for the first of what could be many rounds of talks for a deal to avert fiscal calamity.

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Secretary Of State Speculation Turns Up Heat On Rice

Nov. 17, 2012
Michele Kelemen / NPR

President Obama hasn't even named his choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who plans to step down at the end of this term. But there's been a lot of heated rhetoric this week over one of the front-runners, Susan Rice.

Sandy Reveals Long Island Utility's 'Boondoggle' Past

Nov. 17, 2012
Steve Henn / NPR

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey, the lights and heat have finally come back on across most of the region.

Sandy Reveals Troubled Past For Long Island Utility

Nov. 17, 2012
Steve Henn / NPR

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey, the lights and heat have finally come back on across most of the region.