Bill de Blasio Goes to War With David Petraeus

David Petraeus. (Photo: Getty)
David Petraeus. (Photo: Getty)

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has a new enemy in the battle over higher education spending: former General David Petraeus.

CUNY has come under increasing scrutiny since it was revealed that they will pay Mr. Petraeus–who  resigned as CIA director last year after an FBI investigation revealed an extramarital affair with his biographer–$150,000 to teach just three hours a week. Needless to say, this amount is significantly higher than the salaries of most full-time professors and Mr. de Blasio disapproves.

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Christine Quinn Defends Surveillance in Wake of Monitoring Reports

Christine Quinn speaks with Piers Morgan. (Photo: CNN.com)
Christine Quinn speaks with Piers Morgan. (Photo: CNN.com)

Mayoral front-runner Christine Quinn refused to criticize President Obama over reports that the federal government has engaged in widespread monitoring of Americans’ Internet activity and telephone calls–arguing that surveillance is crucial to the city’s safety.

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Obama on Petraeus and Benghazi

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President Obama at his afternoon press conference. (Photo: Getty)

The ongoing scandal over former CIA Director David Petraeus’ affair and the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya were two of the main topics when President Barack Obama had his first post-election White House press conference this afternoon. President Obama promised thorough investigations would be done to uncover details about the FBI investigation that unearthed the Petraeus scandal and the  circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attack. He also had high praise for Mr. Petraeus and harsh words for anyone who might attempt to block him from nominating diplomat Susan Rice as secretary of state because her role in the widely-criticized shifting explanations for the Libyan embassy attack. Continue reading “Obama on Petraeus and Benghazi”

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Writers Overwhelmed by Petraeus Scandal

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David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell. (Photo: PaulaBroadwell.com)

Writers who craft the infamous “ripped from the headlines” plots on Law & Order: SVU are apparently having trouble keeping up with the ongoing scandal over former CIA Director and retired general David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer. Now that the story has grown to include another general and an FBI agent accused of sending shirtless pictures of himself to a woman the man in charge of the sex crimes-focused cop show sent a tweet begging for mercy. He also threw in Sesame Street muppet Elmo, who had a sex scandal of his own break this week.

“Memo to:FBI/CIA/NATO/SesameStreet From:SVU Writers’ Room–Please slow it down, we’re having a hard time getting this all down,” wrote SVU showrunner Warren Leight this morning. Continue reading Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Writers Overwhelmed by Petraeus Scandal”