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The Only Solution to the Petraeus Scandal is to Ban Non-Gays from the Military: VIDEO


Jon Stewart discusses the widening David Petraeus scandal with The Daily Show's Senior Military Analyst John Oliver, who says that the only solution is to ban heterosexuals from serving in the armed forces:

Petraeus"A few symbolic firings is not going to do the trick. We have to do something about heterosexuals in the military. They've got to be banned. If we think about it, it was probably a mistake to let them in in the first place...Read the Bible. These people are incapable of monogamy..."


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Jon Stewart Digs in to the David Petraeus Scandal: VIDEO


Jon Stewart looks back at an interview he conducted with Paula Broadwell and realizes he has no journalistic insight for innuendo.

Of Petraeus, he adds:

"There comes a time in everybody's life when you're faced with a choice. Whether you would like to have sex — at your desk at work — or remain employed. It can go either way."

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So What's Happening in the Petraeus Scandal? An Update

Oh, just a little bit happening here.

Yesterday I reported about Jill Kelley, the social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, a friend of David and Holly Petraeus, to whom biographer Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' mistress, sent anonymous harassing emails.

PostKelley was flipped out by the emails and called the FBI, triggering the investigation.

An FBI Agent was barred from the case after becoming personally involved with Kelley and sending her shirtless photos of himself: "New details about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the case suggest that even as the bureau delved into Mr. Petraeus's personal life, the agency had to address conduct by its own agent—who allegedly sent shirtless photos of himself to a woman involved in the case prior to the investigation."

Another top Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, is apparently obsessed with Kelley too: "According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 documents — most of them e-mails — of “potentially inappropriate” communications between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman, whose close relationship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. He also served as Petraeus’s deputy when both generals led the military’s Tampa-based Central Command from 2008 until 2010."

Kelley and her husband hosted General Petraeus at a party at their home: "She and her husband hosted Mr Petraeus at a party on their lawn for Tampa's annual Gasparilla parade in 2010. He arrived with a 28-car motorcade. Other guests included Pam Bondi, Florida's Attorney General and a close ally of Mitt Romney, the former presidential candidate."

Kelley has "lawyered up" and hired DC superlawyer Abbe Lowell and crisis PR person Judy Smith. Smith has repped Monica Lewinsky, Larry Craig, Michael Vick and Kobe Bryant. She issued this statement for the Kelleys: "We and our family have been friends with General Petraeus and his family for over 5 years. We respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children."

Kelley says: 'I've done nothing wrong. I am the victim here. But it still feels awful.'

Eric Cantor was notified of the investigation, and at least one outlet says it was by the agent who was sending the shirtless photos: "On Saturday, Oct. 27, Cantor spoke by phone to an FBI employee who told him about an investigation, including the details about Petraeus’ affair, and said he was concerned that classified information had been compromised.

Paula Broadwell has classified documents on her computer. Her house is being investigated.

And then there's this from Broadwell's father:

But Broadwell’s father said Sunday his daughter is the victim of character assassination and implied the bombshell story is just a smoke screen for something bigger.

“This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out,” Broadwell’s dad, Paul Krantz, told the Daily News outside his home in Bismarck, N.D.

“There is a lot more that is going to come out,” said Krantz, claiming he was not allowed to elaborate. “You wait and see. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.”

He said he supports his daughter “100%.”

Mystery Woman in Petraeus Investigation is Named

A mystery woman who told the FBI that she had been receiving threatening emails from Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell is a social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and a friend of the Holly and David Petraeus.

The NYT reports:

KelleyThe woman, Jill Kelley, 37, is “a very well-known person of influence in the Tampa community,” active in community organizations that support military causes, according to the friend. Tampa is the home of the military’s Central Command, which Mr. Petraeus headed before serving in Afghanistan and then as C.I.A. director. It was during the Petraeuses’ time in Tampa that they became friends with Ms. Kelley and her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley.

In a statement released Sunday night, Ms. Kelley and her husband did not address their involvement in the investigation that ultimately led to Mr. Petraeus’s resignation on Friday from the C.I.A. after admitting that he had had an extramarital affair.

 The Kelleys said that they had been friends with Mr. Petraeus “and his family for over five years.”

“We respect his and his family’s privacy, and want the same for us and our three children,” the family said in a statement.

In related news, Politico looks at Broadwell's access to classified information:

In a speech last month at the University of Denver, Broadwell said that the CIA at one point was holding prisoners at an annex near the consulate, and that the assault may have been an effort to free those prisoners. "I don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually—had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So, that's still being vetted," she said, according to a video of the Denver event posted online and first reported by the Israeli media outlet Arutz Sheva.

Later in her remarks, Broadwell, said some of her information had come from a Fox News report, but it does not appear to have included that detail, according to Foreign Policy. The CIA has denied holding any prisoners at Benghazi.

Report: Broadwell's Threatening Emails Sparked Petraeus' Downfall [tlrd]
Did CIA Ask FBI To Investigate Outsider David Petraeus? VIDEO [tlrd]

Report: Broadwell's Threatening Emails Sparked Petraeus' Downfall

BroadwellThere was some Beltway gossip that the CIA may have played a role in unraveling former director David Petraeus' affair with Paula Broadwell, and the four-star general's entire career.

But the Washington Post reports today that Broadwell, being investigated for allegedly trying to access Petraeus' email, sparked the entire scandal by sending threatening emails to another woman in Petraeus' life.

[The story was] triggered when a woman with whom he was having an affair sent threatening e-mails to another woman close to him, according to three senior law enforcement officials with know­ledge of the episode.

The recipient of the e-mails was so frightened that she went to the FBI for protection and help tracking down the sender, according to the officials. The FBI investigation traced the threats to Paula Broadwell, a former military officer and a Petraeus biographer, and uncovered explicit e-mails between Broadwell and Petraeus, the officials said.

Both Petraeus and Broadwell were then interviewed by FBI officials and spilled the beans about their affair. The officials would not say who the woman Broadwell emailed was but did say she is not Petraeus' wife, nor is she a CIA employee and that Broadwell "perceived her as a threat," says the paper.

You can't make this stuff up.

News: Romney's Credit, Paula Broadwell, Lego Movie, Liberia

Mitt Romney's campaign canceled all their credit cards after the failed presidential hopeful conceded the race to President Obama. Many staffers, caught unaware, were left stranded: "Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked."

RomneyOrderingSecret Service were notified early Wednesday that their time guarding Mitt Romney had come to an end. "Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue," read the command text.

Anti-gay Muslim and Christian activists protested in Monrovia, Liberia, today to ban all gay and lesbian activities there.

Did Paula Broadwell's husband write to Chuck Klosterman at The Ethicist to ask for advice about how to handle her affair with David Petraeus?

Raise your hand if you wish Becks had taken you and not wife Victoria to see Barbra Streisand perform.

Is it gauche to ask wedding guests to donate to marriage equality causes in lieu of gifts?

The DC Eagle is closing.

JawsLegoLiam Neeson, Will Ferrell and Alison Brie have all signed on for the Lego movie.

This is what happens when you buy an "iPad" from a gas station.

Baby tiger and chihuahua find love in a hopeless place.

May we all age as well as Daniel Day-Lewis.

Brian Brown and his mob at the National Organization for Marriage want to make equality-supporting Starbucks "pay a price" in the Middle East. "Their international outreach is where we can have the most effect,” Brown said during a conference call with his minions. “So for example, in Qatar, in the Middle East, we’ve begun working to make sure that there’s some price to be paid for this. These are not countries that look kindly on same-sex marriage. And this is where Starbucks wants to expand, as well as India. So we have done some of this; we’ve got to do a lot more.”

Lindsay Lohan has decided not to sit down for an interview with Barbara Walters.

Eugene Delgaudio, the Virginia conservative who used a gay couple's wedding picture to campaign against Colorado State Sen. Jean White and propagandize against marriage equality, is being investigated for allegedly using public resources and employees to fuel his anti-gay crusade.

RBSPSThis is what the Earth sounds like. PBS explains: "Physicist Craig Kletzing, a professor at the University of Iowa, and his colleagues at NASA recently recorded the clearest example yet of this chorus from the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, a pair of satellites surveying the radiation fields that envelop the Earth. Just days after the satellites' launch, they were beaming back high-resolution data that matches the quality of CD audio."

President Obama is officially the winner in Florida, collecting the state's 29 electoral votes and bringing his total to 332 over Romney's 206.

Nate Silver says GOP still has an electoral disadvantage for next two election cycles at least. "States like Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Iowa are overwhelmingly white – but also highly educated, with fairly progressive views on social policy. If Republicans moderated their tone on social issues, they might be more competitive in these states, while regaining ground in Northern Virginia and in the Philadelphia suburbs," says the statistician.


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