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South Carolina senator to resign in January

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Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina plans to resign from the Senate in January to work for the Heritage Foundation as its president, the Washington Post reported.

The Washington Post says that the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, needs newer, stronger leadership.

The New York Times reported that this opportunity provides DeMint a platform to push the Republican Party even farther to the political right.

"I'm leaving the Senate now, but I'm not leaving the fight, " DeMint said, according to the New York Times.

Obama and Romney's lunch date

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The New York Times reported that Former Gov. Mitt Romney visited the White House for lunch Thursday, his first encounter with President Obama since the election.

The Washington Post reported that no press were allowed at the lunch, nor did either man talk to the media after the event.

The New York Times said that no aides were at the lunch, either. It was a one-on-one meal.

"Each man wanted to have a private conversation," said White House press secretary Jay Carney to the Washington Post. "They did not want to turn it into a press event."

The Washington Post reported that the lunch is a tradition that President Obama felt was important to continue. Carney said it was a symbolic gesture illustrating a history of peaceful transfers of power.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus told the Associated Press Monday that he was shocked to learn of the harassing emails his mistress sent that spurred an FBI investigation, according to the Star Tribune.

Petraeus stepped down from his position Friday, according to the Star Tribune. His resignation followed an FBI investigation into a supposed extramarital affair he was having, the Star Tribune says.

The New York times said that the FBI was prompted to begin an investigation after Jill Kelley, a friend of Petraeus, reported receiving anonymous harassing emails ordering her to stay away from Petraeus.

The emails were traced back to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer, according to the New York Times.

President Obama wins second term

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President Barack Obama faces an immediate challenge to avoid a financial crisis while dealing with an unchanged balance of power in the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Star Tribune reported.

"You made your voice heard," Obama said in his acceptance speech, according to the Star Tribune.

The New York Times reported that Obama presented himself as "ready for compromise" with Republicans on the issue of the impending spending cuts and tax increases.

With Obama winning only 50 percent of the popular vote, the New York Times says, it is clear that the country is still divided on the president's leadership.

Good luck for Obama in last few days of campaign

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President Obama has had some good luck in the last few days of the presidential race, including a very important announcement by the Labor Department that 171,000 job positions were added in October, according to the New York Times.

"Generally, the report shows that things are better than we'd expected and certainly better than we'd thought a few months ago," said senior United States economist for Capital Economics Paul Dales to the New York Times.

The Washington Post reported that Obama has also had good luck in some other areas. The most recent Washington Post/ABC News Poll shows that 79 percent of Americans thought that the president did either a "good" or "excellent" job in his handling of Hurricane Sandy.

Finally, according to the Washington Post, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was so moved by the hurricane that he announced he endorses Obama for the presidential race.

Damage from Hurricane Sandy is observed

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The BBC reported that so far at least 32 people have been killed in addition to the power outages and transportation wreckage that storm Sandy caused Monday.

The BBC reported that the US Department of Energy said that at least eight million homes and businesses have lost power due flooding from the storm.

"We had a storm of unprecedented proportions," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a press conference according to the New York Times.

The New York Times reported that it could take weeks for the state of New York to return to normal.

According to the BBC, other areas of the United States have suffered due to the storm as well. New Jersey received a great deal of damage from the storm. The storm also caused heavy snowfall over the Appalachian mountains.

New York Islanders plan to move to Brooklyn

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The New York Islanders, an NHL team, have agreed to move from their home stadium on Long Island to Barclays Center in Brooklyn as early as 2015, a story in the Washington Post reported.

The New York Times reported that the 25-year agreement will be announced Wednesday afternoon. A Brooklyn city official said that the deal is a "major windfall" for the city.

An Associated Press story in the Washington Post reported that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the Brooklyn location was not the best idea, as it was too far from the Islanders' fan base in Long Island and Queens.

The New York Times reported that Long Island's loss of the Islanders would be "a blow to its civic pride," as they are the only professional sports team in the area.

George McGovern dies at the age of 90

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The democratic presidential candidate who lost to Nixon in 1972, George McGovern, died Sunday, the Washington Post reported.

McGovern died at the age of 90 in a hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed, the Washington Post reported.

According to the New York Times, President Obama called McGovern "a champion of peace," insisting on a progressive government that would protect the vulnerable and fighting for liberal values throughout his life.

McGovern was the son of a minister and supported civil rights while opposing the Vietnam War, both of which contributed to his loss against Nixon, the Washington Post reported.

Armstrong steps down as Livestrong chairman

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Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of Livestrong Wednesday, following the publication of evidence of his use of performance-enhancing drugs, the Star Tribune reported.

"To spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship," Armstrong said, according to the New York Times.

The evidence from the United States Anti-Doping Agency also caused Nike to drop its contract with Armstrong, the New York Times reported.

According to the Star Tribune, Nike said in a statement that it would continue to support Livestrong, but is dropping the contract with Armstrong because he "misled" the company for a decade.

Sandusky's sentence is decided to be 30-60 years

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Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky received his sentence Tuesday after being charged with sexual assault in multiple cases, the Star Tribune reported.

Sandusky will spend the next 30 to 60 years in prison, a sentence that guarantees the rest of the 68-year-old's life to be behind bars, according to the Star Tribune.

The sentence has all but smoothed over the issues, however. USA Today reported that Penn State University is still stuck in countless legal cases, many of Sandusky's victims preparing to file lawsuits against the university and their lack of action.

"This is not just about writing a check," said lawyer Ben Andreozzi to USA Today. "It's about acknowledging that they did wrong and doing something about it."

The Star Tribune reported that the victims' lawyers were satisfied with the decision.

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