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3 Spy Sex Scandals To Gross You Out

The sex scandal centered on Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus and his mistress has drawn all sorts of parallels to James Bond and other spy novels. In light of it all, a site dedicated to making lists of things, has “13 Torrid Sex Scandals Involving Spies.”

Here are our top three…

3. The Asian Remedy

Won Jeong-hwa was a North Korean spy who in 2001 had affairs with multiple South Korean army officers and passed along their intel to the North. Ranker cites “one source” who suggests Jeong-hwa may have been able to seduce so many officials by having years of special sex training and also using “tricks” like utilizing drug-laced diaphragms to “further enthrall” the men.

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Podhoretz Fake ‘Bored’ By BuzzFeed

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz continued his harassment-flirting with BuzzFeed earlier in the week, telling one of their reporters he was late on a development in the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal.

“Wait, wait, so the FBI agent who launched the [Paula] Broadwell investigation sent SHIRTLESS PICS OF HIMSELF to Jill Kelley?” BuzzFeed‘s McKay Coppins tweeted with a link to a newly-published WSJ story. Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley are (of course) the two women at the center of the scandal which led to Petraeus’ resignation as CIA chief.

“Do try to keep up,” Podhoretz replied 14 minutes later. “That’s so 18 minutes ago.”

Coppins asserted he had sent his tweet out just three minutes after the story was published. “I was bored by it 90 seconds earlier. And you call yourself BuzzFeed,” Podhoretz said in response. Read more

ABC’s Tapper, Scott Kelley (As in Jill Kelley’s Hubby) Are Fraternity Brothers From Dartmouth Days

It turns out ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper is loosely tied to the sex scandal surrounding Gen. David Petraeus. “True story: Jill Kelley’s husband Scott was in my fraternity,” Tapper tweeted this morning with the hashtags #Dartmouth and #AlphaChi.

Jill Kelley is the woman presumably responsible for Petraeus’ extramarital affair being made public.

Dartmouth, where Tapper and Scott Kelley, now a cancer surgeon, attended college, is home to the now-infamous Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. That’s the one that made headlines this year after one of the brothers wrote a column for the student paper about all the nasty and foul hazing that goes on there.

Alpha Chi Alpha, the fraternity Tapper and Kelley belonged to, have some of the same hazing methods, according to a story published in Business Insider. The difference: Alpha Chi’s hazing methods are supposedly optional.

See a picture of the lovely couple, Scott and Jill….

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Separated At Birth: Paula Broadwell

An AnonymASS yesterday wrote in to complain that while we have created Separated At Births for Holly Petraeus and Jill Kelley, two women implicated by Gen. David Petraeus‘ sex scandal, we have yet to run one for the third woman involved, Paula Broadwell.

So here it is. We have two matches for Broadwell. First, the star of HBO’s Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus:


Second, we see a resemblance to Fran Sinclair of the 1990s sitcom DinosaursRead more

Petraeus Sex Scandal Becomes Scandal

The sex scandal centered on Gen. David Petraeus added another juicy layer of “Scandal” yesterday. D.C.-based crisis manager Judy Smith, the woman who inspired ABC’s political drama Scandal, is now involved.

So far, not much is known about what Smith is doing in the case. USA Today reported that her service was retained by Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite who is said to have received threatening emails from Petraeus’ side piece Paula Broadwell. Kelley also reportedly exchanged sexy time emails with top commander in Afghanistan General John Allen. But if Smith’s role in this real life scandal is anything like it is portrayed by actress Kerry Washington on ABC’s Scandal, she’s pulling some serious strings behind the scenes.

Here’s how things would go down if this whole cheating mess were a Scandal plot… Read more

Today in the Briefing Room…

Today in the White House briefing room…

General David Petraeus did an interview live on CNN, but we hear he declined questions from any other reporters while there.

White House correspodent Bill Plante also anchored CBS’ webcast “Washington Unplugged” from the briefing room today. He previewed the President’s trip to Asia with fellow White House reporter WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman.

The webcast also included a Veterans Day piece by CBS’ Fernando Suarez- a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the honor guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That video is after the jump…

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“First Draft of History” Event Announced

Invitations for the “First Draft of History,” a Newseum event sponsored by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute are being extended today. The invite-only, all on-the-record event will include interviews and panel discussions with folks like Larry Summers, Janet Napolitano, Michael Bloomberg, David Petraeus, Lindsey Graham and Eric Schmitt.

The October 1-2 event will also feature media heavy hitters as interviewers. Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, Dan Rather, David Gregory, Chris Matthews, Maria Bartiromo, Chuck Todd, Chris Wallace and Jim Lehrer will represent the broadcast side. Print journos include James Bennet, David Brooks, Howard Fineman, Gene Robinson, Ron Brownstein, E.J. Dionne, Jeffrey Goldberg, James Fallows and Michael Kinsley.

For more details, click here.

Morning Reading List, 09.21.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • In the latest media fist fight match-up, you think Keith Olbermann would win over Bill O’Reilly.

  • David McGuire is leaving his post as the Director of Communications at the Center for Democracy & Technology to join 463 Communications.

  • Folio reports, “Consumer magazines posted a one percent increase in the share of the media advertising revenue pie during the first half of 2007 when compared to the same period in 2006, according to the Magazine Publishers of America, citing TNS Media Intelligence figures.”

  • “In the news, General David Petraeus’ long-awaited progress report on the war in Iraq made the Iraq policy debate last week’s most heavily covered news story — 36% of all national news coverage was devoted to this story. The public focused intently on Iraq as well. The situation on the ground in Iraq was the most closely followed news story of the week, while one-in-four paid very close attention to Petraeus’ report,” according to the Pew’s weekly News Interest Index.

  • Media Daily News reports, “Media company chief executives participating in the opening day of Goldman Sachs’ annual Communacopia conference widely acknowledged the vulnerability of conventional television and print advertising, while hedging big bets on online target marketing, which has the potential of generating more wealth and sustained value across all of their platforms and businesses.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc. extended its lead in the Internet search market over Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in August, capturing more than half of U.S. queries for the ninth straight month, a researcher said.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Changes in the way news is consumed have increased the demand for journalists to gather sound, pictures and video, as well as words on paper. Whichever you use, never forget that it’s not the tool that matters as much as the way it’s used.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “‘Swingtown’ is a CBS television show, scheduled for midseason, about partner-swapping couples. It’s also what CBS executives lightheartedly call their new Internet strategy. The idea is to let their online material be promiscuous: Instead of limiting their shows and other online video to, the network is letting them couple with any website that people might visit.”

  • USA Today reports, “Children lose when a company acquires multiple TV stations in their town, according to a study out Thursday from a group that wants to stop the Federal Communications Commission from relaxing ownership rules.”

  • Ross Douthat writes, “Chait-Mania ’07 is over, but like Will Wilkinson, I want to make one last point. It concerns a secondary thesis of Jon’s book – his argument that the Republican Party, and particularly the Bush Administration, has been able to disguise the radicalism of their agenda by effectively gaming the press corps.”

  • His Extreme-ness shows us why CNN is “the most trusted source of hate.”

  • Sad news from Reuters. “Surfing the net has become an obsession for many Americans with the majority of U.S. adults feeling they cannot go for a week without going online and one in three giving up friends and sex for the Web.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Walt Disney Co.’s ABC became the latest major network to strike a deal with AOL allowing its full-length prime-time shows to be available free on the Time Warner Inc.-owned portal.”

  • Reuters reports, “Tribune Co, which is going private in an $8.2 billion deal, said on Thursday that revenue fell in August because of a drop in publishing and advertising sales at its newspapers.”

  • Is the Washington Times’ John McCaslin a Clinton?

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Design Director, NPR Digital Media, a Search Engine Optimization Specialist, NPR Digital and a Programmer, NPR Digital Media.

  • Towne Group is looking for an Associate Producer/Promotions for the Pentagon Channel.

  • United States Coast Guard is looking for a Public Affairs Specialist.

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Liberty University is looking for a Photographer.

  • Army Times Publishing Company is looking for a reporter to cover the Federal Government.

  • Carroll County Times is looking for a City Editor.

  • The Baltimore Examiner is looking for a Marketing Research Analyst.

  • Gail Ross Literary Agency is looking for a Paid Intern.

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  • Separated At Birth: The Hearing Edition

    This week, thanks to a diligent reader, we are trying something a little different with Separated At Birth. We are bringing you the Iraq Hearings Edition — after all, even if you tried, you cant escape these folks.

    Does General David Petraeus
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    …look like Politico’s Jim VandeHei?
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    Does Ambassador Ryan Crocker
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    …look like Ted Danson?
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    And, David Gregory?
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    And, finally, does Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
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    …Look like Lorraine Bracco?
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    Live-Blogging Through Email

    You may have noticed that the Politico sent out four “breaking news” emails yesterday during the testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker. Essentially, the emails were updates from Capitol Hill, which plenty of folks do in the form of live-blogging.

    Overkill? You be the judge.

    • From:
      Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 2:15 PM
      Subject: The Breaking News

      Ryan Crocker, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, tells a House hearing: “A secure, stable, democratic Iraq that is at peace with its neighbors is, in my view, achievable.”
      Full story:

    • From:
      Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 1:30 PM
      Subject: The Breaking News

      Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, tells representatives “the military objectives of the surge are being met” as he begins testimony.
      Full story:

    • From:
      Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 12:54 PM
      Subject: The Breaking News

      House foreign affairs committee chairman Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) says “strategically, the escalation has failed” in opening statement at Petraeus-Crocker hearing.
      Full story:

    • From:
      Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 12:36 PM
      Subject: The Breaking News

      America’s top two men in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, begin testimony before House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committee.
      Follow the hearing as Politico liveblogs and streams it at

    Which might explain why today they just put out one email, saying that they’d be live-blogging:

      Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 9:48 AM
      Subject: The Breaking News

      Second day of Capitol Hill testimony by Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker has begun. Politico’s John Bresnahan is liveblogging the hearings. Watch a live stream of the events at

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