The lawyer representing the woman who was the mistress of former CIA-director David Petraeus works for the same firm as the lawyer who represented Monica Lewinsky. An assistant to Washington Lawyer Robert F. Muse told ABC News that Muse is representing Paula Broadwell, the biographer turned mistress of the former Afghanistan general who resigned last week after admitting their affair. Muse works at Stein, Mitchell, Muse & Cipollone, a Washington-based law firm that covers several practices, including white collar criminal defense, congressional investigations and whistleblower law. The firm boasts such high-profile clients as Lewinsky, former Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore.,
Comments: The full Lewinsky. I thought she´d go for the diaper-astronaut´s lawyer. Interesting that both the diaper incident and hers came to a head in Florida and she lives in Riehl Hunter´s neighborhood.
George Soros, the 83-year-old billionaire investor, philanthropist and active supporter of liberal political causes, is set to marry health care and education consultant Tamiko Bolton on Saturday at his estate near New York City. Three days of festivities were to begin Friday with a dinner followed by a reception at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan for a preview of the new exhibition, "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938" of works by Belgian painter Rene Magritte. Soros and Bolton, 42, plan to exchange vows in a small ceremony Saturday morning at the Bedford, N.Y., estate, which Soros bought in 2003
Parents of two San Diegans killed in the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi testified at a Congressional hearing Thursday, demanding answers in their sons’ deaths. “I see these bloody fingerprints crawling down the wall of that Benghazi place and I keep asking everyone do those belong to my son,” Patricia Smith told lawmakers. The Clairemont resident lost her 34-year-old son, Information Management Officer Sean Smith in the attack on Sept. 11, 2012. “It´s been pure hell living through all this and not getting any answers,” she said. Smith has long been critical of how the Obama administration has handled the investigation into
The International Monetary Fund urged US policymakers to support major reforms at the global lender and bury political differences over the budget to ease one source of risk to the economy and markets. The IMF agreed to reform its governance structure in 2010 to give greater influence to emerging economies and make China the third-largest member. But the reform of voting rights, known as quotas, cannot proceed without approval from the US Congress. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the reforms will give the global financial institution more money to prevent and resolve crises. “These ´quota´ reforms need the support of
Hillary Clinton, a likely presidential-race frontrunner, quietly slipped into Miami to address a travel agents’ convention Thursday in which the former secretary of state said little about troubles abroad or her future ambitions. When the event moderator asked what it would take for the United States to elect its first female leader, Clinton was quick with a joke. “Well, it’ll take a crazy person,” she said, drawing laughs from the crowd at the American Society of Travel Agents’ global convention “I hope we break that final glass ceiling,” she said, adding nothing about her plans. Though ostensibly not political, Clinton’s address had the makings
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday said Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had "Putin envy" after his office released a video accusing President Obama of being more willing to negotiate with the Russian leader than with the GOP on budget issues. "The video, I thought, demonstrated a little bit of Putin envy," Carney told reporters during his daily briefing. House Republicans are calling for spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation´s debt limit. The federal government will reach its borrowing capacity in mid-October. The White House on Thursday reiterated that Obama would not negotiate over an increase in the debt ceiling,
"Some activists decided to protest this US practice but it seems that they picked the wrong target," a specialized blog of the Brazilian news portal Uol said. "They hacked Nasa´s web page and left the message: Stop spying on us," it said. The hackers´ message also called on the United States not to attack Syria. A Nasa spokesman confirmed that a Brazilian hacker group last week posted a political message on a number of Nasa websites. "At no point were any of the agency´s primary websites, missions or classified systems compromised," said Nasa spokesman Allard Beutel.
The community of Russian experts responded negatively to Republican Senator John McCain´s article Russians deserve better than Putin. And that´s not because of the criticism that McCain used against the Russian President, because on this point everything was predictable: the senator is loyal to himself. But the American politician just couldn´t say anything essential in the response to the arguments of Vladimir Putin published in The New York Times. Instead, McCain once again attacked the Russian president, having accused him of rigging the elections, controlling the media and son on the so fo???. Off course, he couldn´t help but mention
America´s president has torn his land into a thousand pieces. The propaganda media machine covers Obama´s trail of blood and shows the president in a good way without a word of dissent. During his time in office there has been a boiling pot in America that began with the Tea Party in 2010 that took back the House of Representatives. The original Tea Party of 1773 protested the British government´s high taxes on the American colonies. The modern Tea Party´s success was short lived by Obama´s illegal interference. In addition, these American Christian conservatives feel their voice ignored by the
Aaron Sorkin´s HBO drama The Newsroom has often made sport of portraying the Republicans as almost monolithically fringe (lead character Will McAvoy is written as a nominal Republican in order to bash the Party at every turn), and utterly devoid of policy nuance. This is doubtless interesting to actual Republicans, or former Republicans (like this writer), who can´t seem to agree on most anything. In Sorkin´s defense, he made very apparent strides in Season Two to balance the writing at least somewhat, and then if he´s looking for a storyline for next season to balance the show even more, he need
Geopolitics: President Obama put all the U.S.´ foreign policy eggs on Latin America in a Brazilian basket, lavishing attention on the giant in a big "reset." Now that Brazil has walked out on a state visit, the U.S. has egg on its face. It´s believed to be the first time ever that a world leader has canceled a state visit to the U.S., a visit so special, so elaborate, and so intent on showing the esteem in which the U.S. holds its guest of honor that it was the only one planned for 2013. Brazil´s President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday told
A last-minute plea from President Obama couldn’t stop Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from postponing an October state visit, after revelations that American intelligence spied on her presidential communications allegedly sent her into a rage. Reuters reports that Obama spent 20 minutes on the phone with Rousseff Monday night, apparently trying to salvage the first state visit by the up-and-coming South American nation in nearly two decades. White House press secretary Jay Carney tried to play down the cancellation on Tuesday, telling reporters that the decision was a mutual one.
Contestants compete during the swimsuit segment of the Miss Venezuela 2012 pageant in Caracas. Venezuela´s beauty culture has prompted a surge in dangerous silicone injections. Astrid de la Rosa was left bedridden for two years after her liquid silicone buttock injections migrated into her spine, paralyzing the supporting muscles. “We are trying to educate Venezuelan girls about the dangers of these procedures before they are 12 years old,” she said. “We have to get to them early, as parents tend to offer these injections as 15th birthday presents”. In Venezuela, 17 women have died in the past 12 months as a result of
WASHINGTON — The House voted 230-189 along party lines Friday to approve a stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government through mid-December, but it is facing certain defeat in the Senate because it includes language aiming to dismantle President Obama´s health care law. Without a stopgap spending bill, the federal government will feel the effects of a shutdown when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. The bill extends the current rate of government spending at $986 billion a year. House Republicans attached a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, a consistent target of congressional Republicans. However, the provision has
"This is the United States of America," declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Missouri, on Friday. "We´re not some banana republic." He was talking about the Annual Raising of the Debt Ceiling, a glorious American tradition that seems to come round earlier every year. "This is not a deadbeat nation," President Obama continued. "We don´t run out on our tab." True. But we don´t pay it off either. We just keep running it up, ever higher. And every time the bartender says, "Mebbe you´ve had enough, pal", we protest, "Jush another couple trillion for the road. Set ´em up, Joe."
KATY, Texas- Eli Gau admits his 3-year-old son Ryan and 1-year-old son Ethan are a handful at times. "They´re kind of active,” Gau said. “They act like children. They´re not adults." So he and his wife thought nothing of it when they brought their boys to an Applebee’s restaurant in Katy for dinner Sunday night. Gau said everything seemed fine until his oldest boy began wandering away from the table. "I went and grabbed him,” Gau said. ”As I was grabbing him and coming back, the manager was walking to me.” He said the manager told him that the children were making too
Speaking at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Missouri Friday, President Obama accused congressional Republicans of "trying to mess with me" by derailing basic government operations. The sharply-personal remarks--made during a speech in which the president outlined his economic vision--came just hours after the House passed a continuing resolution on a largely party-line vote that would keep the government running while simultaneously defunding the Affordable Care Act. Because the Senate is expected to strip out the defunding plan when it considers the measure, the House action raises the prospect of a possible government shutdown at the end of the month.
Speaking at the annual Congressional Black Caucus dinner, President Obama excoriated congressional Republicans Saturday night for risking a government shutdown, and vowed to stop their efforts to defund his health-care plan. “It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis,” Mr. Obama said at the Washington Convention Center. “Some want to shut down the government rather than provide people with health care!” Referring to Republicans’ strategy to defund Obamacare, the president said he wanted to speak “as clearly as I can.” “It’s not going to happen,” he said. The administration and congressional Republicans are on a collision course over a
President Obama said Republicans in Congress were threatening to make the United States into "a deadbeat" and a "banana republic" with their maneuvers to tie the federal budget and the debt ceiling to defunding ObamaCare. (Snip) "You don´t have to threaten to blow the whole thing up just because you don´t get your way," Obama said. "Nobody gets 100 percent of what they want." Telegraphing his intention to veto any spending bill that delayed or defunded his signature health care law, Obama accused Republicans of lacking "the same common sense" and willingness to compromise that ordinary Americans showed in their
A Twitter debate on policy turned ugly Friday, when a local Democratic official wished the children of a Republican aide to Sen. Ted Cruz would "die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases" after she praised the House´s vote to derail funding for Obamacare. Amanda Carpenter, who formerly worked for Sen. Jim DeMint before heading to the Texas Republican´s office, praised the GOP-led action in a tweet. "GOP beat gun control, changed Obama´s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!" she posted early Friday afternoon.
Mackinac Island— U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a libertarian leader and potential presidential contender, said Saturday Republicans likely have lost the battle on repealing Obamacare and should focus on improving the president’s signature health care law. Paul struck a tone of realism Saturday — a day after the U.S. House voted for the 42nd time to derail the Affordable Care Act. The latest effort was a condition of funding federal operations past Sept. 30 or risking a government shutdown. “I’m acknowledging that we probably can’t defeat or get rid of Obamacare but by starting with our position of not funding it
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, seems to believe that Republicans don´t like President Obama because they´re jealous. "You know why it is," Pelosi told Politico in an interview. "He´s brilliant ... He thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done ... and he´s completely eloquent. That´s a package that they don´t like." Republicans also don´t like what Pelosi called the president´s non-partisanship. Obama has been "open, practically apolitical, certainly non-partisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution," Pelosi told Politico "I think that´s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take
Having attained power in late 1917 on a raft of promises — land to Russia´s peasants, bread to Russia´s starving cities and peace to Russia´s World War I-weary soldiers — V.I. Lenin was able to dispense with every one of them by advancing civil war from 1918 to 1921 to justify his acts by crisis. In place of promises of liberty and rights, Lenin gave Russians propaganda, empowering the Bolsheviks to govern through knoutish messages, if not the barrel of the gun. In so doing, he sought to undermine Russia´s weak democracy and to transform society fundamentally. "The Russian Revolution was permeated
Isn’t it obvious that Ted Cruz is in it for Ted Cruz? The man had a choice–he could fight the’ Senate’s push for “amnesty first” immigration legislation, which he had a very good chance of killing, or he could stage a showy fight against funding Obamacare that he’d certainly lose. The first course would annoy the business backers who fund Senate and presidential campaigns. The latter course would gin up and channel conservative anger , boosting Cruz’s profile in the caucuses and primaries,without doing anyone much damage at all (since it would fail). The choice seems to have been a
In his first national media interview since losing the New York City mayoral primary, former Rep. Anthony Weiner joined Geraldo Rivera for a nearly 20-minute appearance on Rivera’s radio show Friday, taking responsibility for his loss while also blaming the media for focusing on his sexting scandal. As he did on the trail, Weiner said he tried to run a campaign on the issues, but he admitted that revelations of further sexting after his resignation from Congress led to his loss. Continue Reading Text Size - + reset Latest on POLITICO King: Shutdown an Obama ´tantrum´ Anthony Weiner: ´I´m not an idiot´ Coal-state Democrats slam EPA Source: W.H. pushing Yellen nod