2:54pm

Sat November 17, 2012
Around the Nation

How Do Public Officials Bounce Back After Scandal?

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 4:09 pm

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

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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12:56pm

Sat November 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Gaza And Israel Trade Rockets For Airstrikes

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 6:29 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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9:04am

Sat November 17, 2012
Middle East

Iron Dome Embraces Tel Aviv As Residents Take Cover

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 6:30 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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6:28am

Sat November 17, 2012
The Two-Way

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

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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6:03am

Sat November 17, 2012
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Andrew Solomon, Tony Dokoupil

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:45 am

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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5:03am

Sat November 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Do We Really Need A Second Inauguration?

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 12:53 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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4:48am

Sat November 17, 2012
Remembrances

Valerie Eliot Helped Shape A Writing Legend's Legacy

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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4:48am

Sat November 17, 2012
Sports

A Peek At Basketball, How Head Trauma In The NFL

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.

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SIMON: L.A. topsy-turvy with the Clippers now the top NBA team in town, while the Lakers try to pick themselves up with a new coach. And remember those three NFL quarterbacks who were knocked out of their games last week? A couple of them kept playing. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us now.

Good morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Scott.

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4:48am

Sat November 17, 2012
Food

For Calif. Family, It's Not Thanksgiving Without Rice

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:10 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

What does a two-time James Beard award-winning chef make every Thanksgiving? Well, if you're San Francisco's Traci Des Jardins, it's rice. Lisa Morehouse has our story.

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LISA MOREHOUSE, BYLINE: I asked Traci Des Jardins to demonstrate one favorite dish for this story. But when I get to her house, she's making half her Thanksgiving menu.

TRACI DES JARDINS: One dish. It's Thanksgiving. You can't do one dish for Thanksgiving. For God's sake, you're lucky I didn't do like 10.

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4:48am

Sat November 17, 2012
U.S.

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

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The scandal ensnaring General Patreaus has raised new questions about the CIA and the FBI. For more, we're joined by Tim Weiner. He's the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two books on security services - one, "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA," the second, "Enemies: The History of the FBI." He joins us from New York. Thanks very much for being with us.

TIM WEINER: My pleasure, Scott.

SIMON: It's been a week of revelations, ruined careers, shaken families. Any crimes revealed?

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