Israel Destroys Hamas Prime Minister’s Office – New York Times

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Israel Destroys Hamas Prime Minister's Office

New York Times

Israel retaliated for Palestinian rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with five airstrikes before dawn Saturday on the Gaza City offices of Ismail Haniya, the prime minister of Hamas — the militant Islamist group that governs Gaza.

Israel pounds Gaza from air as troops assemble

Washington Post

Israel-Gaza violence

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Israeli military counts 800-plus Gaza airstrikes

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Egypt feelers open tiny window to Gaza truce – Reuters

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Egypt feelers open tiny window to Gaza truce

Reuters

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning. GAZA | Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:34am EST. GAZA (Reuters) – Egypt opened a tiny window to emergency peace diplomacy in Gaza on Friday, but hopes for even a brief ceasefire while its prime minister was inside the …

Dozens of rockets hit South, as Egyptian PM visits Gaza

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Gaza cease-fire collapses, Egypt PM backs Palestinians as Israel drafts 16000 …

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Egypt's PM Shows Support for Hamas

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Rocket Attacks and Airstrikes Resume in Gaza Conflict – New York Times

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Rocket Attacks and Airstrikes Resume in Gaza Conflict

New York Times

KIRYAT MALACHI, Israel —Israeli warplanes struck dozens of militant sites in Gaza early on Thursday, the second day of Israel's deadly offensive against Hamas and other militant groups, and rockets fired from the enclave reached far into Israel, killing three …

War looms after Hamas rocket kills three Israelis

Reuters

Region on the precipice: Israel, Gaza slide closer to war neither side wants

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Iran, Syria condemn Gaza operation

Jerusalem Post

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Anti-austerity strikes and protests across Europe – live – The Guardian

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Anti-austerity strikes and protests across Europe – live

The Guardian

More photos of the protests in Madrid have arrived, showing riot police apprehending some demonstrators: Policemen clash with demonstrators during a general strike on November 14, 2012 in Madrid. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images Police …

Anti-austerity strikes sweep Europe

Reuters

European strikes hit UK travel services

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Austerity anger drives Europe strikes, protests

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Top US Commander in Afghanistan Is Linked to Petraeus Scandal – New York Times

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Top US Commander in Afghanistan Is Linked to Petraeus Scandal

New York Times

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Friend: Petraeus began affair after taking CIA job – Boston.com

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Friend: Petraeus began affair after taking CIA job

Boston.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Gen. David Petraeus began an affair with his biographer in 2011, two months after he became CIA director, a friend and former top aide said Monday. The case has brewed an uproar in Congress over FBI investigative tactics …

Paula Broadwell Spent Year Embedded With…

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Who is Paula Broadwell?

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Exit Petraeus–And His Famous Military Doctrine

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Highrise critics need to evolve along with San Francisco – San Francisco Business Times:

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It’s not how San Francisco anti-development activists work. On the their views don’t change to accommodate alteredr circumstances. They remain transfixed on the battle sof yore, on a vision of San Francisco that may nevet have existed outside their mind’s eye. Consequently, they and the city — seem fatede to wage the same fights over andover again. These, in a are the battle lines that are being drawn over 555Washingtobn St., the latest front in the seemingly never-ending war over buildiny heights.
Waving a copy of the city’s 1985 downtown plan, development opponents say this aging rather thancontemporary reality, should dictate what gets where and how big it can be. We’ll happilyt concede that downtown plan was a fine blueprinf for SanFrancisco — as looked at from 1985. But thingss have moved on somewhat in the ensuing quarter and any intelligent decision needs to reflectthese changes, rather than attempting to ignore them. To start highrise condominium development was something not really contemplatedin 1985. The assumptiojn was that tall buildings woulsbe offices.
Restrictions on highrise developmenf reflected that and attemptes to segregate commercial highrisew fromthe city’s livingb quarters. That’s not how thingd worked out. Over the past decade or more, in the urban core of San Francisco and most other major cities, highrise living has been ascendant. Going vertical has proved popular with planners anddevelopers alike. The economics of buildingt “up” rather than “out” in land-constrained citiesw has become unchallengeable. The wastefulness of lowrise, suburban-style development in city centerzs hasbecome obvious. Indeed, in the marketplacs of ideas, the fight over highrisesd is longsince over.
The highrises won here, and virtually everywhere across the Trying to turn the clock back and claimthey haven’tf is fantasy. Indeed, at 555 Washington, there is a large problem for height-obsessed activists. It sits next door, all 853 feet of it. It is, of the Transamerica Pyramid. The low literally, that they are fighting for haven’y dawned on anti-development types. At issue is whethef the proposed new building will be 600 feet lowere than its looming iconic neighbor or a mere 400 feet We understand thatthe anti-developmenr crowd has never been enamored of the But that battle, too, is over and has been for some 40 To pretend otherwise, to claim that a towe r half the Pyramid’s size next door is somehow out of scale, is absured on its face.
It’s instructive that several groups representing neighboring property owners andbusinesses are, in the main, backing the development proposal. Such neighborhood groups are oftejn alliedagainst development. In this case, they recognizde that introducing a residential element woul d be a goodthing — not leasrt for nearby retailers — and that a building half the size of its notablde neighbor represents at most a minord tweak of the local San Francisco’s changes since 1985 may be for good or for ill. That’ss a personal call.
But insistinh that nothing’s really changed, that a long-in-the-toothn planning document should shapwe San Francisco for the21st century? That’xs a public call, a badly unrealistic one, and one that the city shouldd reject out of hand.

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Paula Broadwell takes media spotlight – Politico

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Paula Broadwell takes media spotlight

Politico

Fascination with Paula Broadwell, the woman linked to Gen. David Petraeus's resignation from his post as director of the CIA, mounted early this weekend as details about her surfaced. Her name was the top search on Google Saturday morning, with more …

CIA chief's exit a taxing development for Obama

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Why David Petraeus's Gmail account is a national security issue

Washington Post (blog)

David Petraeus ends long public career with resignation from CIA over affair with …

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‘Fiscal cliff’ looming, Obama to spell out second-term agenda – NBCNews.com

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'Fiscal cliff' looming, Obama to spell out second-term agenda

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In a video released by the Obama campaign, a tearful president thanks his campaign workers before he sets off to tackle second-term issues including taxes, the debt and replacing as many as five high profile secretaries in his Cabinet. NBC's Chuck Todd …

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Treasury limits bonuses at TARP recipients – Memphis Business Journal:

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The new rules encourage those companies to awar executives stock that must be held for a long periodsand can’t be entirel converted to cash until the TARP money is repai to the government. That, the department will align “executives’ incentives with thosed of shareholdersand taxpayers.” Kenneth Feinberg, a mediatore who led the September 11th Victim Compensation will review payments and compensation plans at companiesw that have received “exceptional assistance.” The group includeds Charlotte-based BofA (NYSE:BAC) as well as , , Chrysler, , Financialp Services and . TARP recipientes also must allow shareholders to vote on executivecompensatioj packages.
And they must disclose any perkas worth morethan $25,000o made to highly compensated employees and justify the The rules prohibit companies from providing “gross-up” payment to senior executives to cover taxes due on perks. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithnerf says the Obama administration also supports legislationn that would require all public companies to give shareholderse a nonbinding vote on executivecompensation packages. In addition, he says Congresd should give the Securities and Exchange Commissionm the power to make compensation committees more similar to the standardz in place for audit committees established bythe Sarbanes-Oxle Act.
Geithner blames executive compensatiojn practices asa “contributint factor” for the financial crisis. “Incentive for short-term gains overwhelmed the checks and balancese meant to mitigate against the risk ofexcess leverage,” he But, he adds, “We are not capping pay. We are not settiny forth precise prescriptions for how companies shouldset compensation, whicu can often be counterproductive. Instead, we will continue to work to developl standards that reward innovation andprudentr risk-taking, without creating misaligned incentives.

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