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November 12, 2012

Details: How David Petraeus got taken down by a sex scandal

  • bad David Petraeus’ alleged affair with author Paula Broadwell, which occurred after he went to the CIA, was uncovered after officials had figured out that both Broadwell and Petraeus were using private email accounts to communicate with one another. While the accounts used pseudonyms, Broadwell came under scrutiny because of threatening emails she sent to Jill Kelley, a Tampa volunteer she believed to be a romantic rival. While there was an investigation of Broadwell due to her having classified documents, they ultimately found she obtained them legally. 
  • worse Apparently, the FBI agent who tipped off the agency to the matter was taken off the case because … wait for it … he got obsessed with Kelley and sent shirtless photos of himself to her, which is an incredibly stupid idea for any FBI agent to do. The agent, who was a friend of Kelley, did tip off a member of Congress to the case, which (after other FBI agents found the tie between the person sending the emails and the person she was emailing) led to its logical conclusion — Petraeus’ resignation. source

EDIT: And here’s why Petraeus created a security risk by using Gmail in this manner.

21:15 // 1 year ago
May 28, 2012
National Weather Service fiscal scandal evokes thunderstorm of cheap weather references by SFB staff
Looks like Tropical Storm Beryl isn’t the only storm brewin’: The National Weather Service just had its director step down after a hailstorm of criticism following an improperly forecasted allocation of bonuses to contractors. We’re sure that while those workers had mostly sunny days, taxpayers have a lower level of barometric pressure these days for misappropriated funds — especially $43 million worth, which is high whether you’re looking in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Recently, the storm trackers — er, auditors — showed up. As a result, Jack Hayes felt the humidity rising in his position and got out after the heat got too hot to bear. (Editor’s note: Sorry. We couldn’t help ourselves.)

National Weather Service fiscal scandal evokes thunderstorm of cheap weather references by SFB staff

Looks like Tropical Storm Beryl isn’t the only storm brewin’: The National Weather Service just had its director step down after a hailstorm of criticism following an improperly forecasted allocation of bonuses to contractors. We’re sure that while those workers had mostly sunny days, taxpayers have a lower level of barometric pressure these days for misappropriated funds — especially $43 million worth, which is high whether you’re looking in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Recently, the storm trackers — er, auditors — showed up. As a result, Jack Hayes felt the humidity rising in his position and got out after the heat got too hot to bear. (Editor’s note: Sorry. We couldn’t help ourselves.)

2:14 // 1 year ago
April 22, 2012
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.
12:16 // 2 years ago
April 17, 2012
Today in downgraded haircuts. John Edwards’ haircuts used to be far more super.

Today in downgraded haircuts. John Edwards’ haircuts used to be far more super.

10:48 // 2 years ago
April 12, 2012
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.
0:09 // 2 years ago
November 7, 2011
brooklynmutt:

via @BenjySarlin

Quick to the draw, a campaign slogan nobody wants to be associated with.

brooklynmutt:

via @BenjySarlin

Quick to the draw, a campaign slogan nobody wants to be associated with.

14:52 // 2 years ago
June 16, 2011
I had hoped to be able to continue to work… the distraction that I have created has made that impossible.
Anthony Weiner resigns. @rickklein (via brooklynmutt) • How about the distraction that jerk from Howard Stern made? That was worse than impossible. No respect.
14:32 // 2 years ago
June 10, 2011

brooklynmutt:

Barbara Walters: I don’t think Anthony Weiner has denied it. (The X-rated Weiner photo, Walters says she has seen it)

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Then it must be a flattering photo.

Barbara Walters: Let me tell you something. It is.

Barbara Walters: The news industry’s Betty White.

1:04 // 2 years ago
June 6, 2011

So, when does a scandal force a political resignation?

  • then New York Rep. Chris Lee was caught in a very embarrassing position when it was revealed that he’d sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist. Lee immediately resigned, giving way to the recent special election in NY-26.
  • now Anthony Weiner admitted he was lying, and carried out a number of sexy online relationships, sending not just a shirtless photo of himself (jeez, he looks good for 46), but a photo of him in his boxers. He will not be resigning. Chris Lee never knew it was this easy! source

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