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FBI And Petraeus Affair: Back The 'Bad Old Days'?

Host Scott Simon speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner, who wrote two books on the security services, about the FBI's role in the investigation into generals David Petraeus and John Allen. Weiner says the one possible crime is the conduct of an FBI agent who brought information to Congress.
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Sandy Made Taking Out Garbage In N.Y. More Heroic

While most New Yorkers were trapped at their homes in the aftermath of Sandy, an army of 6,000 had to go right back to work: the employees of the New York City Sanitation Department.
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Online Courses Keep Grades Up, Athletes In Play

Host Scott Simon speaks to Brad Wolverton from the The Chronicle of Higher Education about his recent profile of Western Oklahoma State College. The school's online courses are popular with NCAA student athletes at risk of losing their eligibility to participate in sports.
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Sandy Reveals Long Island Utility's 'Boondoggle' Past

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Sandy, nowhere has the wait to restore power been longer than on Long Island. Utility mismanagement has deep roots there, where consumers are still paying for abuses that started more than 50 years ago.
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Solving Fiscal Cliff Math Might Come Down To Two

President Obama started the first round of talks Friday about how to avoid fiscal calamity. He has been pushing to end Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, a plan strongly opposed by some House Republicans. But in the end, a deal with the House may come down to Speaker John Boehner and the president.
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After Benghazi Hearings, Flurry Of Concern Unsettled

President Obama's critics say the September attack in Libya and the official response reflect poorly on his administration. While they focused on TV comments by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, David Petraeus' resignation from the CIA complicated the debate. Some — but not all — questions were answered in closed hearings this week.
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A Sequester Is A 'Jelly-Like Mass,' And Other Notes On Fiscal-Cliff Jargon

Here's a quick overview of three of the most impenetrable terms related to the fiscal cliff.
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Secretary Of State Speculation Turns Up Heat On Rice

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 already been a lot of heated rhetoric this week over one of the front-runners, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

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