November 14th, 2012
09:40 PM ET

FBI agent who sparked Petraeus probe identified

The New York Times reports the agent is Frederick W. Humphries II. He's 47, a veteran investigator and was the one who first learned of the complaint from Jill Kelley that she received harassing emails.

We're also learning the government has taken away for now the top security clearance of Paula Broadwell, the former mistress and biographer of CIA director David Petraeus. That's after investigators found substantial classified information on her computer. The question tonight is, did Broadwell's relationship with David Petraeus give her access to these classified documents?

Outfront tonight: CNN National Security contributor Fran Townsend. She's also a member of the CIA external advisory committee. FULL POST

Filed under: Petraeus Scandal
November 14th, 2012
09:10 PM ET

Florida socialite under scrutiny: E-mails between Kelley and Gen. Allen were "not overtly sexual"

We're learning more about Jill Kelley and her connection to two of America's top generals, including Marine General John Allen.

It was her report of harassing emails from Paula Broadwell - who wrote messages under the pseudonym "KelleyPatrol" - that ultimately led to the resignation of David Petraeus.

Our Ed Lavandera is OutFront, investigating the email exchanges between Kelley and General Allen.


Filed under: Petraeus Scandal
November 14th, 2012
08:47 PM ET

The President digs in on tax cuts and the markets take notice

The index fell 185 points Wednesday on fears that no deal may be reached before we go over the fiscal cliff – the combination of looming spending cuts and expiring tax cuts.

Stocks fall 1% on Mideast flare-up, fiscal cliff

The Dow was down only 83 points before President Barack Obama made clear in a news conference today that some things are not up for negotiation:

"I think that there loopholes that can be closed, and we should look at how we can make process of deduction, the filing process easier, simpler. But when it comes to top 2%, what I'm not going to do is extend further a tax cut for folks who don't need it that would cost close to a trillion dollars," said President Obama.

Obama's opening bid on taxes

So are investors right to be nervous today?

OutFront tonight: Republican Strategist Hogan Gidley and Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona.

Filed under: Economy • Fiscal Cliff • Politics
November 14th, 2012
08:33 PM ET

China is set to unveil new leaders

The Chinese Communist Party about to announce its new leader for the first time in 10 years. It is widely expected that Vice President Xi Jinping - who visited the U.S. in February - will take over as the new President.

But much of this highly anticipated announcement has been shrouded in secrecy.

We asked Stan Grant in Beijing what we know about Xi, and his views towards the U.S.? FULL POST

Filed under: China • International
November 14th, 2012
06:59 PM ET

"Compromise is not a synonym for giving in, but for governing," says Honeywell CEO David Cote

President Barack Obama met with business leaders at the White House today, in an effort to shore up support ahead of the first round of negotiations with Congressional leaders over the fiscal cliff.

Honeywell CEO's plan for averting fiscal cliff

Members of both parties are scheduled to meet behind closed doors with the President on Friday.

CEOs optimistic after Obama meeting

Among those at Wednesday's meeting, Honeywell CEO David Cote, who also served on the Simpson-Bowles commission and voted in favor of that group's plan. FULL POST

Filed under: Economy
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