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Crisis or boost? How David Petraeus´
resignation from the CIA could
be good for Barack Obama
Telegraph [UK], by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/10/2012 7:17:59 AM     Post Reply
No US president would choose to end the week of his triumphant re-election by having his top spy resign over a sex scandal — Barack Obama included. After relentless criticism of his administration’s handling of the Sept 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Mr Obama did not want more negative coverage of his national security team. Yet the unique circumstances around the departure of David Petraeus from the CIA mean that Mr Obama is unlikely to suffer significant political damage and may even derive some benefit. While he retired from the military to become CIA director

Clinton Turns Down Request to
Testify on Benghazi Next Week
PJ Media, by Bridgit Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 11/10/2012 6:43:20 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has turned down an invitation to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee next Thursday on the Benghazi attack.A committee update this evening indicated that Michael Courts, acting director of International Affairs and Trade for the Government Accountability Office, will be testifying followed by a RAND Corp. analyst.The committee indicated further witnesses could be added, but the State Department confirmed that Clinton won’t be one of them.“She was asked to appear at House Foreign Affairs next week, and we have written back to the chairman to say that she’ll be on travel next week,”

Intel director launches initial leak
probe over ex-NYT reporter´s Libya claims
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 5:59:43 AM     Post Reply
The national intelligence director has launched a preliminary inquiry to determine whether there was a national security leak regarding the Benghazi attack to former New York Times reporter Leslie Gelb, according to a letter obtained by Fox News. The inquiry would look into an op-ed Gelb, who now works with the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote for the Daily Beast last month. Gelb implied he was privy to the same intelligence briefing as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, who appeared on five Sunday talk shows Sept. 16



Judge denies Rep. West’s
motion to impound ballots
Associated Press, by Matt Sedensky    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/10/2012 5:53:19 AM     Post Reply
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida judge has denied Republican Rep. Allen West’s request to impound ballots and voting machines, dealing a blow to West’s re-election chances. Circuit Judge David Crow on Friday said West’s request was “entirely premature.” The judge said vote-counting procedures are in place and being followed. Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy holds a lead in the race for the South Florida seat. An unofficial tally puts him above the threshold for a recount. The ruling was a defeat for West, but his side claimed victory anyway. An attorney for West says the campaign was simply trying

Gen. David Petraeus let down his
country as well as his family
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 5:49:02 AM     Post Reply
As brilliant as he was as a military strategist and commander, David Petraeus proved to harbor an equally outsized streak of reckless irresponsibility as America’s chief spy. The former general who devised the successful Iraq war surge and then took on the Afghanistan mission was duty-bound to resign as Central Intelligence Agency director after being caught in an extramarital affair. Petraeus showed neither the discretion nor the good judgment that are among the fundamental character traits necessary for service at the heights of the U.S. national security system. We’ve all seen the story in the movies: Top spy gets caught in sack

Winning the Future:
The Fiscal-Conservative Fantasy
American Thinker, by Selwyn Duke    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 11/10/2012 5:48:38 AM     Post Reply
With the loss of the 2012 election, there is much talk of how the Republican Party must do some soul-searching. How will the GOP wage successful campaigns when demographic and cultural changes favor the opposition? Increasingly, the answer is that the party´s party is over, that it must move into the future or be relegated to the past. "Dispense with the social issues!" we´re counseled. "Don´t trouble over abortion or faux marriage and instead just focus on fiscal matters."

The Most Happy Fellowes
Vanity Fair, by David Kamp    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 5:42:53 AM     Post Reply
To go “belowstairs” at Downton Abbey, one doesn’t actually descend any stairs, but, rather, enters into a drafty, warehouse-like building at Ealing Studios, in West London. This is where many of the interior scenes for Downton Abbey, the TV show, are filmed. On an afternoon last spring, the set in use was the servants’ hall. Gathered at a long, plain dining table familiar to viewers of the series were the dastardly footman Thomas, the glowering lady’s maid O’Brien, the saintly head housemaid Anna, and assorted lesser drudges in the employ of the Crawley family. They were talking over tea—



Who Had the Dirt on Petraeus?
Commentary Magazine, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/10/2012 5:37:52 AM     Post Reply
In a Friday afternoon bombshell, CIA Director David Petraeus resigned, citing an extramarital affair. Petraeus has been under fire recently for the CIA’s response to the Benghazi attack. The Cable’s Josh Rogin posted the letter of resignation: Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable,

An Outcast Among Peers Gains
Traction on Alzheimer´s Cure
Wall Street Journal, by Jeanne Whalen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 5:30:26 AM     Post Reply
Some people collect stamps, others vintage cars. As a young Ph.D. student at Cambridge University in the 1980s, Claude Wischik was on a mission to collect brains. It wasn´t easy. At the time, few organ banks kept entire brains. But Dr. Wischik, an Australian in his early 30s at the time, was attempting to answer a riddle still puzzling the scientific community: What causes Alzheimer´s disease? To do that, Dr. Wischik needed to examine brain tissue from Alzheimer´s patients soon after death. That meant getting family approvals and enlisting mortuary technicians to extract the brains, he says,

Don’t Go Wobbly, GOP
National Review Online, by Larry Kudlow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 5:20:12 AM     Post Reply
In the fierce headline debate over the so-called fiscal cliff, our newly reelected president argues that “a majority of Americans agree with [his] approach.” That approach, according to the president, is “to combine spending cuts with revenue — and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.” Well, that’s not exactly what the exit polls said. To the question “Should taxes be raised to help cut the budget deficit?” only 33 percent answered “yes” while 63 percent responded “no.” Isn’t that interesting? But nobody’s talking about this exit-poll nugget.

Michelle Obama 2016: Why Not?
Atlantic, by Espeth Reeve    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 5:15:16 AM     Post Reply
What´s the case against Michelle Obama starting a political career of her own? It starts and ends with the fact that she doesn´t want one. But what if she changes her mind? The first lady has three important things for a future in politics: the popularity, the skills, and the opportunity. (We´ll get to "the will" later.) Here´s the case for her taking her turn on the ballot: People love her. Aside from her husband and Hillary Clinton, the first lady is the biggest rock star in the Democratic Party.



Mitt’s enduring gifts
New York Post, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/10/2012 5:05:31 AM     Post Reply
Even before the Republican Party’s convention had gaveled to order last August, The Washington Post was pronouncing Mitt Romney at best “a transitional figure, rather than a transformative one” within the GOP. That he has since lost the election, and in so doing ceded to President Obama virtually all the battleground states, will do nothing to disturb this assessment. But it would be wrong to see Romney’s failed candidacy as a total loss for Republicans, or for the country. For all Romney’s limitations as a candidate — his interpersonal awkwardness and propensity for gaffes,

The party that doomed its nominee
Washington Post, by Kathleen Parker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 5:00:44 AM     Post Reply
The headline was inevitable: “What went wrong?” Seriously? Republicans plan to commence focus groups and voter-based polls to discover the mystery behind their loss. (Snip)The truth is, Romney was better than the GOP deserved. Party nitwits undermined him, and the self-righteous tried to bring him down. The nitwits are well-enough known at this point — those farthest-right social conservatives who couldn’t find it in their hearts to keep their traps shut. No abortion for rape or incest? Sit down. Legitimate rape? Put on your clown suit and go play in the street.

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, Stranded in
Holland, Released on Texas Coast
ABC News, by Ned Potter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 4:52:42 AM     Post Reply
They named her Flip — a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle found last December, stranded on the coast of Holland. She was injured and stunned by the cold. But the scientists and animal lovers who rescued her took advantage of a key fact about Kemps’ Ridleys — that while they’re endangered, they are also among the world’s great long-distance travelers. Specialists nursed her back to health, and released her into the water today — off the coast of south Texas. “We couldn’t have asked for it to go any better,” said Iain Scouller,

A Setback, Not a Catastrophe
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 4:49:04 AM     Post Reply
The last thing Republicans need is an identity crisis. The losses in the 2012 election shouldn’t be sugarcoated. President Obama’s reelection does mean Obamacare will go into effect, and another shot at capturing the Senate was squandered. But the election was a setback, not a catastrophe. Contrary to the media’s narrative, Republicans aren’t tumbling into any abyss of permanent minority status. No soul-searching is required. Republicans retain the advantages and strengths they’ve had for decades. The biggest advantage: America is a center-right country. The election reflected a slight tilt to the center,



Voting Rights Act Challenge
Gets U.S. High Court Hearing
Bloomberg News, by Greg Stohr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 4:41:06 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider overturning a signal achievement of the civil rights movement, agreeing to hear a challenge to part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in a case loaded with racial and political ramifications. Acting three days after minority voters propelled President Barack Obama to re-election, the court yesterday said it will review a provision that requires all or part of 16 mostly Southern states to get federal approval before changing their voting rules. Opponents say that “preclearance” provision is no longer warranted. With the justices already considering whether to roll back university affirmative action, the court’s current term

Gingrich culpability in Romney loss
Fortune, by Dan Primack    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 4:35:21 AM     Post Reply
In the aftermath of President Obama´s victory over Mitt Romney, there has been a lot of attention paid to how the Obama campaign successfully defined Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider. And most of the credit has gone to Obama campaign boss Jim Messina, who made a "grand bet" to saturate the summer airwaves with anti-Romney ads while the GOP nominee was still recovering from a drawn-out primary battle. But this victory narrative misses a very large point: Messina´s gamble was enabled by Newt Gingrich. The Romney campaign was well aware that Bain Capital

David and Bathsheba
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 4:25:47 AM     Post Reply
Ever since the September 11 attack on our consulate and CIA station in Benghazi, “the dog in the night-time” of the scandal the media did its best to bury during the election campaign has been David Petraeus, the Iraq War commander turned spook-in-almost-chief. Throughout the orgy of misinformation, disinformation, finger-pointing, blame-shifting and general confusion, Petraeus remained adamantly silent, a hostage to fortune somewhere within the bowels of the CIA building in Langley. The one man who could have cut through the administration’s fog machine said nothing substantive as ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were laid to rest.

From Katrina To Sandy, FEMA
Rumors and Failures Keep Swirling
Daily Beast, by Michael Moynihan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/10/2012 4:20:31 AM     Post Reply
It’s one of those stories that sends you straight to Snopes, that debunker of Internet myths and conspiracy theories. Could it possibly be true that FEMA, the most maligned federal agency after the IRS, asked victims of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Wilma to repay millions of dollars in relief funds supposedly transmitted in error? And did they really ask for compensation from Katrina victims more than five years after their checks were cashed? One can be forgiven a certain degree of skepticism: After the tragedy in New Orleans, a series of stubborn myths percolated online—

Attention focuses on author
who resides in Charlotte
Charlotte Observer, by Karen Garloch    Original Article
Posted By: ConservativeYankee- 11/10/2012 1:25:16 AM     Post Reply
Charlotte is an unlikely home for Paula Broadwell, a counterterrorism expert and world traveler who relished being embedded with combat troops in Afghanistan to research her biography of Gen. David Petraeus. But Broadwell moved here more than three years ago with her husband, Scott, a radiologist, and their two young sons, Landon and Lucien, because it was her husband’s turn to pick. “We made an agreement when we first got married that every other move would be the other person’s,” she told the Observer in an interview earlier this year. While based in Charlotte, she launched a promotional tour


Woman Linked to Petraeus Is a
West Point Graduate and
Lifelong High Achiever
The New York Times, by Michael D. Shear    Original Article
Posted By: ConservativeYankee- 11/10/2012 1:14:44 AM     Post Reply
Paula Broadwell, whose affair with the nation’s C.I.A. director led to his resignation on Friday, was the valedictorian of her high school class and homecoming queen, a fitness champion at West Point with a graduate degree from Harvard, and a model for a machine gun manufacturer. Paula Broadwell, who wrote a biography of David H. Petraeus, moved into public view on Friday after an affair with Mr. Petraeus was uncovered. It may have been those qualities — and a string of achievements that began in her native North Dakota, where she was state student council president, an all-state

Some in GOP already
cheering on younger Bush
Houston Chronicle, by Peggy Fikac    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/10/2012 12:35:00 AM     Post Reply
George P. Bush, the product of American political royalty, has filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to run for office. Bush, 36, is the nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush. His father is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and his mother, Columba, is a native of Mexico. The younger Bush´s move comes at a pivotal moment for the GOP, after the party´s lack of success with Latino voters was cited as a primary cause for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney´s loss to President Barack Obama in Tuesday´s election.

Democrats’ mandate madness
Washington Post, by Ruth Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/10/2012 12:32:30 AM     Post Reply
The biggest mistake President Obama could make now is to overinterpret the election results. One of the dumbest things politicians do in the aftermath of elections is to claim a mandate. Even dumber is when they actually believe it. And reelected presidents are especially susceptible to the mandate delusion. At a news conference just after his reelection in 1996, Bill Clinton pointed to this pitfall. Noting he had just read a book about presidential second terms, Clinton observed that “sometimes the president thinks he has more of a mandate than he does and tries

Down from Olympus
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 11/10/2012 12:16:57 AM     Post Reply
David Petraeus’s resignation marks the end of one of the great postwar military and government careers — his successful surge in Iraq being analogous to and as impressive as Matthew Ridgway’s salvation of Korea or Sherman’s sudden taking of Atlanta that saved Lincoln’s and the Union cause before the 1864 elections. In a book due out in late spring, The Savior Generals, I argue that his achievements were comparable to those of the best of history’s maverick commanders who were asked to save wars deemed lost — and did. But for now, the explanation

David Petraeus Was
Brought Down by ... Gmail
The Atlantic, by Megan Garber    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/9/2012 11:07:55 PM     Post Reply
While David Petraeus was still serving as a four-star general in the U.S. Army, he began exchanging emails with the woman who would eventually write his biography. After Petraeus retired from military service and accepted a new post -- director of the Central Intelligence Agency -- those email exchanges, it´s believed, turned into something else: an affair. The affair might have concluded as so many others do (Snip)were it not for the technology that helped to ignite it in the first place: email. The FBI began to suspect that Petraeus´s personal Gmail account had been hacked -- so it launched

Gen. Petraeus Resigns:
A Warrior´s Star Is Tarnished
Investor´s Business Daily, by David Ignatius    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/9/2012 10:53:48 PM     Post Reply
David Petraeus achieved genuinely great things in his career, so his fall as CIA director over what he bluntly described in his resignation letter Friday as "extremely poor judgment ... engaging in an extramarital affair" has the poignancy you might find in a novel by Leo Tolstoy or Victor Hugo. Petraeus may have seemed larger than life in uniform, but beneath the ribbons he was a very human story. Petraeus´ 14-month tenure as CIA director was short and, compared to his rocket-like ascent to a four-star rank in the Army, something of a bumpy ride.(snip) It wasn´t an easy fit,

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