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The long strange saga of Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Jesse Jackson, Jr., former member of the United States House of Representatives.
November 21st, 2012
08:35 PM ET

The long strange saga of Jesse Jackson, Jr.

By Nova Safo, CNN

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois resigned from office today, ending months of speculation about his future. Jackson has not been seen in public since he took a leave of absence in June to get treatment for severe bipolar depression.

In a resignation letter submitted to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, Jesse Jackson said, “for the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish.” FULL POST

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CNN Radio News Day: November 21, 2012
Palestinians shout and flash the V-sign for victory as they celebrate the beginning of the truce with Israel in Gaza City on November 21, 2012.
November 21st, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: November 21, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • There is now a cease fire in effect between Israel and Hamas ending the latest conflict which lasted 8 days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his country that he got assurances the U.S. would help stop weapons smuggling into Gaza through Egypt.  Hamas leader Khaled Meshall said the conflict gained Hamas the backing of Egypt and the promise to start talks to end the Gaza blockade.  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thanked Egypt's President Mohammed Morsy.

"In the days ahead the United States will work with partners across the region to improve conditions for the people of Gaza, and provide security for the people of Israel",  Clinton said. FULL POST

Inside the Tofurky 'slaughterhouse'
November 21st, 2012
01:08 PM ET

Inside the Tofurky slaughterhouse

By Tommy Andres, CNN

(CNN) - American holidays are rooted in carnivorous tradition. Turkey is so synonymous with Thanksgiving that just about every child in the U.S. has at one time traced a hand to make a colorful rendition of the bird. But for vegans and vegetarians, Thanksgiving dinner can be an isolating experience, spent pawing at carrots and poking green beans while the rest of the family feasts on birds and beasts.

Seth Tibbott knew that feeling well. As a die-hard vegan, he’d tried stuffed pumpkins and gluten roasts that took a whole day to cook and couldn’t be cut with a chainsaw. He knew there had to be something better:

[2:11] “I had the need to find something I could take to my primarily meat-eating table of friends that would gather on Thanksgiving.” FULL POST

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Honoring a fallen ambassador
Tarek El-Messidi presents letters of condolence to Dr. Anne Stevens, sister of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
November 21st, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Honoring a fallen ambassador

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

(CNN) - In the weeks since Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, a debate has raged over the Obama administration's handling of the tragedy.

Quite apart from those pointed questions and hearings on Capitol Hill, another discussion is happening. One that got its start when Tarek El-Messidi decided to put out a call for letters of condolence:

[1:53] Our initial goal was only one thousand letters in ten days.

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Is Red Cross mismanaging Sandy response?
Robert Munoz collects supplies from a mobile Red Cross unit on Staten Island.
November 21st, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Is Red Cross mismanaging Sandy response?

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) - At a time when people needed help right away, some in areas hit hard by Superstorm Sandy were asking, “Where is the Red Cross?”

The nation’s largest relief organization was coming under fire as it struggled to deal with the enormity of the disaster and the challenges it posed.

[1:43] “It just took us a little while for us to get into some of those neighborhoods,” said Red Cross spokesperson Anne Marie Borrego. “We were dealing with flooding and downed trees and traffic snarls like many other New Yorkers. So it did take us a while I would say to get to some areas. But we have been on the ground since the beginning and are we everywhere we want to be right now? No. But we are everywhere we can be with the resources that we have.”

Did the Red Cross do a poor job of managing the response in those first few days, or were expectations set too high for the premier relief organization in the US?

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