Among the many odd, swirling facts surrounding the unfolding David Petraeus scandal: Jill Kelley, the longtime friend of the former CIA director who reportedly went to the FBI complaining of harassing emails from Petraeus´ mistress Paula Broadwell, has reacted to the mess by bringing out the scandal equivalent of heavy artillery. She´s hired DC superlawyer Abbe Lowell and crisis PR specialist Judy Smith—despite the fact that the FBI has concluded its investigation and there are no criminal allegations on the table.
In Coney Island, a 67-year-old man sleeps with plastic bottles from the bodega, filled with hot water, tucked in his armpits. Toilets unflushed by modern means for a fortnight have created a stench in the Rockaways that is so bad that one man keeps incense burning in his apartment day and night. On Staten Island, people sit in “warming buses,” cozy and, like time itself these days, going nowhere. In a town in New Jersey where wells do not pump because the power is out, residents collect rainwater in empty
All of these post-election Obama administration scandals really seem to be sliding out of control now that the election is complete. We´ll try to help you out here with a sexual scorecard. It´s so confusing who was embedding whom when. And now new allegations this morning involving yet another high-ranking, horny general being promoted by the Democrat administration. No wonder Defense Secy. Leon Panetta is out of the country and the president will be too this weekend.
It’s natural that the transition from a first presidential term to a second is an avenue for some cabinet members to make an undramatic exit. The anticipated departure of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been predicted for some time — long before Benghazi — as she’s made clear she’s looking forward to this chapter ending and heading out the door. This sets the stage for a dramatic entrance to fill the spot. Imagine, if you will, Secretary of State John Kerry. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — and failed 2004 presidential candidate
PORTLAND, Me. — Elated by their first ballot victories, in four states, advocates of same-sex marriage rights plan to push legislatures in half a dozen more states toward legalization as they also press their cause in federal courts. They are also preparing for what they hope will be another milestone: the electoral reversal of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, in Oregon in 2014. Nine states and Washington, D.C., have now legalized same-sex marriage. Though it remains unpopular in the South, rights campaigners see the potential for legislative
GNESEN TOWNSHIP, Minn.—Driving down a dirt road recently, Jason Meyer spotted a parking area neatly cut into some scrub brush. He pulled in and followed a manicured path snaking thousands of feet into the woods. His hike ended at an increasingly familiar sight: A wooden platform nearly 15 feet tall, topped by a hut with plywood walls and a pitched roof. The structure was new, ready for the opening of deer-hunting season this month. "We´re seeing this all over now," said Mr. Meyer, area land manager for St. Louis County, an orange hunting cap on his head.
As the 2012 election approached, conservative enthusiasm grew. Mitt Romney was drawing huge crowds while Barack Obama spoke in half-filled stadiums. All the passion lay on the right, while the left was discouraged with a promised messiah who proved merely a politician. And the prediction was that, in contrast to 2008, Republican turnout would dwarf the tuned-out and carry the day. Hence the shock November 6 eve. How could Romney lose, especially by such a wide electoral margin? Maybe he didn´t
The latest post-election question is whether Republicans were blind to the defeat headed their way because they chose to live in a cocoon in which they paid attention only to Fox News, conservative talk radio and right-wing websites. (Snip) Out in the field, the Republicans actually involved in the election are talking about different things. For example, in Ohio -- the most hotly contested state in the entire race -- Republicans are asking why a large group of voters, carefully cultivated through personal contacts and putative supporters of Mitt Romney, just didn´t show up at the polls.
PERTH, Australia — In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair. (Snip) A senior defense official traveling with Panetta said Allen´s communications were with Jill Kelley, who has been described as an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., which is headquarters to the U.S. Central Command. Link repaired by staff
Women have passed men on the nation’s roads. More women than men now have driver’s licenses, a reversal of the longtime behind-the-wheel gap that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications. If current trends continue, the gap will only widen. The share of teens and young adults of both sexes with driver’s licenses is declining, but the decline is greater for young men, according to a study by the University of Michigan´s Transportation Research Institute. The study looked at trends in driver’s licenses from 1995 to 2010.
It´s the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-injured patient has been able to give answers clinically relevant to their care. Scott Routley, 39, was asked questions while having his brain activity scanned in an fMRI machine. His doctor says the discovery means medical textbooks will need rewriting. Vegetative patients emerge from a coma into a condition where they have periods awake, with their eyes open, but have no perception of themselves or the outside world.Mr Routley suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident 12 years ago. Content added by staff
The seed of his failure was his inability to make voters believe he shared their concerns and ambitions. In the crucial test of whom they felt most comfortable managing the US economy, US citizens decided they wanted to stick with President Obama. But it is also clear Romney was not the only loser from the bruising Presidential race. The public reputation of private equity, because of the Republican candidate´s past, has also taken a terrible hammering. I´m not here to defend Romney or Bain Capital, the firm he founded and ran for 15 years. I don´t need to. His and his
The ancient art of applying suction cups to the body has gotten a boost from several new studies that show it helps relieve a variety of painful conditions. But scientists say larger, more rigorous studies are needed. Cupping, as the practice is called, was performed traditionally in China and other countries, and is now available from acupuncturists, and some chiropractors and massage therapists in the U.S. In the traditional method, called fire cupping, a ball of burning cotton is briefly placed inside a glass cup to heat the air inside, which then creates a partial vacuum as it cools
The emails that Jill Kelley showed an FBI friend near the start of last summer were not jealous lover warnings like “stay away from my man,” a knowledgeable source tells The Daily Beast. The messages were instead what the source terms “kind of cat-fight stuff.” “More like, ‘Who do you think you are? … You parade around the base … You need to take it down a notch,’” according to the source, who was until recently at the highest levels of the intelligence community and prefers not to be identified by name.
The Obama band is breaking up. Now that a second term has been secured, President Obama is set to lose several key members of his famously close-knit inner circle. David Plouffe, a senior adviser in the White House, is expected to depart the halls of the West Wing in the coming months, sources say. David Axelrod, the senior strategist on the Obama campaign and the political adviser closest to the president on a personal level, will be largely focused on the creation of a new politics institute at the University of Chicago. And Obama campaign manager Jim Messina,
The FBI withheld its findings about Gen. David Petreaus´ affair from the White House and congressional leaders because the agency considered them the result of a criminal investigation that never reached the threshold of an intelligence probe, law enforcement sources said today. The sources said agents followed department guidelines that generally bar sharing information about developing criminal investigations. The FBI is also aware of its history under former director J. Edgar Hoover of playing politics and digging into the lives of public figures. As one official said, the rules are designed to protect people (both private and elected officials)
Being a narcissist -- and knowing how it has wracked me with mania and distorted my judgment so that I have no sense of being other-directed except in how it reflects on myself -- I can´t help but be dismayed by the blossoming of Obama´s narcissism when he gets tears in his eyes addressing his Chicago staff. "I´m really proud of all of you." I mean, that´s a good start. But his pride and sanctioning imply a grandiose self-love. What he´s really proud of is his minions celebrating him and loving him.
Herat, Afghanistan—Rokhshana, a 14-year-girl, has been behind bars here since March. She is serving a yearlong adultery sentence after what she describes as rape by her adult cousin, who remains a free man. (Snip)The U.S. says women´s rights will remain an important issue after the withdrawal, even though American officials acknowledge the limits of their waning influence. "Afghanistan is run by Afghans; we are significant partners," says Melanne Verveer, the U.S. Ambassador at large for global women´s issues. "We will continue to ensure that women´s rights are pivotal because of our partnership
We´re being told by Democrats that Republicans have a white-male problem. But what about Democrats´ white-male problem? Think about it: What about the Democratic Party´s extraordinary loss of white males? It was white males who built the Democratic Party, and built America, and stormed the beaches of Normandy, and defeated Hitler, and much more. I´m a white male. Many of us are actually decent people. My Christian white-male ancestors fought for the north in the Civil War and freed black Americans from slavery. A lot of them died for that. I´m proud of what they did. Why make fun of us?
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is battling legal troubles and mental illness, is likely to resign from Congress and face jail time under the terms of a plea deal his lawyer is negotiating with the federal government. CBS Chicago reported that Jackson’s lawyer, Dan Webb, is in talks with the U.S. Justice Department over the terms of the tentative deal. They include Jackson’s resignation from Congress for health reasons, a guilty plea related to misuse of campaign funds and the repayment of any funds he used for personal reasons.
Yesterday, Abe wrote that “Barack Obama ushered in America’s first large-scale experiment in personality-cult politics. The experiment continues apace.” The experiment really has two parts to it, and only one of them continues. Electorally speaking, it was a success–Obama was elected and then reelected with a majority of the popular vote both times. But the other side of the experiment is how a personality-driven campaign incentivizes governing. Because President Obama ran on personality more than policy, the latter has been shaped throughout his presidency with the former in mind, producing not so much a governing philosophy as a slogan factory.
Unlike many stories about powerful Washington figures having secret affairs, the downfall of spy chief David Petraeus goes beyond sex. The scandal surrounding the decorated four-star Army general who once ran the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan involves questions of national security, politics and even the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. Petraeus, 60, resigned Friday after acknowledging he had an affair with a woman later identified as his biographer, Paula Broadwell, 40, a fellow West Point graduate who spent months studying the general´s leadership of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. represents Illinois’ Second Congressional District, which consists of portions of the South Side of Chicago and its suburbs. The district isn’t “rotten,” but the representatives it sends to Congress sure are. Jackson himself is reportedly negotiating a plea deal with the federal government that would end his 17-year career in Congress. The deal would involve pleading guility to charges of misuse of campaign funds; repayment of contributions that were converted to personal use, such as home furnishings, improper travel and gifts; and probably some jail time.
With over a third of U.S. households forgoing the land-line and people using their phones less and less for talking, the phone call is no longer the best way for pollsters to reach the people they need to speak with. With that changing trend, this election season polling places like Gallup worked cell-phone calls into its repertoire to get a better reflection of society, Gallup spokesperson Frank Newport told Wired´s Mat Honan. And, logically, as more people replace landlines for cell phones, polling would increasingly throw cell-phones into the mix. But, it doesn´t look like that´s really the next frontier
A California city that recently emerged from bankruptcy is taking a new approach to budgeting -- this time, by asking voters how it should spend the taxpayers´ money. The question is being put to residents in Vallejo, Calif., a blue-collar port city of 116,000 people. Under a pilot program, Vallejo is using what is known as "participatory budgeting" to figure out where to spend a $3.2 million portion of Measure B, a city tax initiative approved last year. At public assemblies throughout the next few weeks, involved residents are brainstorming ideas -- from youth centers to after school programs