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5:23 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Solving Fiscal Cliff Math Might Come Down To Two

President Obama reaches to shake hands with House Speaker John Boehner, during a meeting Friday at the White House to discuss the deficit and economy.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 1:54 pm

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

The meeting was part of the opening moves to keep the nation from sailing over the so-called "fiscal cliff" — those across-the-board tax hikes and deep spending cuts set to kick in at year's end.

In welcoming the quartet of lawmakers, Obama struck a conciliatory note.

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The Two-Way
5:57 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

U.S. Official: Benghazi Talking Points Weren't Edited To Minimize Terrorist Role

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 6:00 pm

Rep. Peter King caused a row coming out of the closed-door hearings on the attack of the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

In an interview with Fox News, King, a Republican from New York, said that when former CIA Director David Petraeus said he believed from the start that this was a terrorist attack, he was contradicting earlier testimony.

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Technology
5:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Post-Petraeus, Net Privacy Backers Hope For A Boost

Online privacy advocates are hopeful the FBI investigation into retired Gen. David Petraeus' personal emails will put a human face on their efforts to update a stalled Internet privacy bill.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:20 pm

The tech industry has been lobbying hard for an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the 1986 law governing online privacy.

Under an umbrella group calling itself Digital Due Process, companies and civil liberties groups have argued that the law is too loose with the privacy of data stored online, especially Web-based email and other documents on the cloud.

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Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond
5:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Seaside After Sandy: Is Rebuilding Worth It?

Ernest Shallo, of Carteret, N.J., throws a ruined air conditioner onto a pile of debris in front of a small home in Seaside Heights, N.J. Residents were allowed back in their homes for a few hours Monday, two weeks after the region was pounded by Superstorm Sandy.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

Ever since Hurricane Sandy ripped through the New Jersey coast, some of the hardest-hit towns have been closed altogether. Authorities say gas leaks and unstable buildings have made them too risky to visit.

This week, residents were allowed to enter Seaside Heights for a few hours each day to get a firsthand look at the damage. Many are struggling with whether to rebuild their homes.

Weighing The Cost

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:00 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: Gasoline with a hint of cherry and an insouciant finish.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:00 am

Our panelists tell three outlandish stories about supply and demand.

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5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Milwaukee's Randy Sprecher Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Randy Sprecher

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 12:03 pm

Randy Sprecher came to Milwaukee years ago to make beer for one of the big breweries. But he didn't like the beer he was making so he founded his own brewery ... and now, his friends keep showing up at his door all the time with lame excuses.

We've invited Sprecher to answer three questions about Carrie Nation, the famously violent prohibitionist.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:00 am

More questions for the panel: A Victory for Tacky Souvenirs; The Gettysburg Break-Up; Devolution of the Species.

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5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:00 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: France's Choco-Tax; Speedstick Never Tasted So Good; How To Work In Your PJs.

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5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:00 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds to answer as many questions as they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Charlie Pierce and Faith Salie have a tie for the lead, Peter. Each of them has three points, and Mo Rocca has two.

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