EDIT: And here’s why Petraeus created a security risk by using Gmail in this manner.
He’s the most important man in the world this week.A Colombian cab driver • Joking about the current situation with fellow cab driver Jose Pena, a 42-year-old man who lives with his mother who has become a central point of the Secret Service prostitution scandal – simply by driving the alleged prostitute who sparked the scandal home. Pena has become an intense focus of local media outlets, with some alleging that the cab driver is charging huge prices for interviews in the process of breaking an unspoken code between cab drivers and sex workers. The result? Pena has helped make the case an even bigger media frenzy, if that’s somehow possible.
He knows he made mistakes. But John thinks that the treatment of him is so unflinchingly horrible and that what he did is not so different from what others did — JFK, Clinton, the whole rogues’ gallery. We’ve had this conversation about his situation, and I remember he did compare it to Clinton. He said, ‘I did a horrendous thing, but I don’t know why I’m getting such an unforgiving treatment when you think of what other people have done.’New Jersey lawyer (and close friend of John Edwards) Glenn Bergenfield • Discussing the former senator’s treatment by the press, which Edwards feels is unfair, according to Bergenfield. Edwards, who fathered a love child out of wedlock while his wife was suffering from cancer, then denied the child was his for a couple of years, is accused of violating campaign contribution laws tied to his 2008 run for president and his affair with Rielle Hunter. His trial begins Thursday.
whyarethegoodurlsalreadytaken asks: Am I the only one who thinks this whole "Weiner-gate" is being blow out of proportion? I'm a New Yorker, and there is barely no coverage of the incident. Out of the NY Post, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and the local paper Newsday, only the Post has had any coverage of it. It seems like most of the area has just dismissed the claims all together.
» SFB says: For what it’s worth, The New York Times has essentially ignored a Breitbart original once — with ACORN — only to be caught by surprise after the fact. (Also, the New York Daily News has covered it.) So, from our perspective, it’s better to be ahead of the story and catch what evidence we can than to see the steamroller of a smear campaign do the work for us. If Weiner’s in the right — and we hope he is — we merely want to be sure we exhausted all available options on the story, which has been picked up by large sites people read, like Mediaite and Gawker. — Ernie @ SFB
John Ensign fouls up his legal situation: A report by Reuters today suggests that a decision by John Ensign himself may have paved the way for the charges he could be facing. Throughout the probe, investigators had wanted to get a look at a trove of Ensign’s e-mails, which he and his team claimed were protected by attorney-client confidentiality. The probe could very well have gone nowhere without them. That is, until Ensign himself handed them over as he was preparing to leave the Senate, after having refused for 18 months. Why on earth he did this is unknown, but it seems he may have scored an “own goal” here. source