Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen,
National Security Adviser Tom Donlion,
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA),
UN Ambassador Susan Rice
and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
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in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department May 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Dee Finney's blog
start date July 20, 2011
today's date November 14, 2012
update November 29, 2012
TOPIC: THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION: THE SHAMANIC JOURNEY
This is an interesting play on the black snot coming out of the noses of the
4 donkeys in 'The Shamanic Journey'. It still remains to be seen
what the 4 elephants are going to do, though John McCain seems to be in the
forefront of the 4 elephants, along with Vice Presidential hopeful,
Paul Ryan. We'll see the others are as time goes along.
NOTE: This is November 29, 2012. Since the date November 28 is now
past, I need to find out what is going on politically, particularly
anything that is related to that specific date.
My findings are at the bottom of this page:
IS IT JUST COINCIDENCE THAT THIS INFORMATION DIDN'T COME OUT BEFORE THE
I HIGHLEY DOUBT IT! WHOEVER KNEW THIS INFORMATION KEPT IT HIDDEN UNTIL
AFTER THE ELECTION.
First lets take a look at the prophecy I made prior to the election:
I published these two pages with the prophecy on them:
The long snouted animals were
Dee Finney's blog September
4, 2012 -
Jul 7, 2012 –
The long snouted animals were apparently
Evidently, the Republicans SHOULD have won that election - IT WAS
VERY CLOSE, BUT SOMETHING WENT WRONG.
WHAT WAS IT? IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS STILL HIDDEN. It
comes to me, three things, one of which was all the destruction of
that went on in many states, but mainly Florida, which wasn't called
until three days after the election because the vote was so close.
Another things that happened were two freaky storms, the first one
that made Romney's nomination two days of cancellations of meetings
the storm was so bad and then there was hurricane Sandy that
interfered with the entire election on the east coast. If not
for those three events, the
election could have come out very different.
HERE ARE THE ORIGINAL DREAMS AND VISIONS USED IN THE PROPHECY:
7-4-12 - NAP DREAM there is nothing in real life about this)
I was in a livingroom-kitchen type area of the house that had the
sink facing the back of the house which is north.
we were preparing for a seminar of some kind and had an open
stairway to the basement which we were partially finishing - the
part that could b e seen through an open stairway from the
My daughter was at the sink washing some dishes while the
children played on the livingroom floor, and I went to the basement
with some finished two by four boards that were three feet long -
like stairway sprinkles - but they were for decoration along the
west wall in an upper section of the wall. I was measuring them to
make sure they matched the ones that were already installed to make
sure they were identical in size.
Joe went out front to get the mail that had been delivered.
Just then, I heard a truck pull into the driveway, and could see
its headlights pulling in and past the house on the west side of the
house toward the back of the house. At the same time, I heard Joe
yell to me, "The mailman is going to the back door", which meant to
me that he was delivering something heavy - perhaps like building
materials, but I could imagine how Joe thought I could get to the
back door faster than he could from the front yard since he was
outside and I was in the basement.
7-5-12 STARTING A SCHOOL
I was in the basement room I built in yesterday's dream. I was about
to start school.
In front of me, sleeping on their backs peacefully in one pound size
ham cans were six light brown bunny rabbits. They were in a group.
Off to the front of the rabbits were two dark blue snakes in 5 pound
white ham cans, waiting for the rabbits to wake up.
I was afraid the rabbits would scatter if they all woke up at the
same time, so I quickly, in one fell swoop shifted their positions
so they were in a line in front of me.
I woke up before I saw what the snakes did.
NOTE: research shows that there are political rabbits.
7-8-12 MEDITATION: I heard five loud knocks in my left ear and
saw the word 'BLACK'.
I said mentally, "I'm sorry I don't open the door for anything
I then saw a newspaper headline with large black letters that
said, NOVEMBER 28TH
I then saw a large, wide computer screen with a lot of typing on
it in three colors of typing, red, white and black, and the black
was larger and darker and bolder than the rest of the type, but
being off to the left, I couldn't read it and I didn't want to shift
my eyes and lose it completely, so I said mentally, "Please shift
the screen to the right and clarify the print."
The screen then shifted to the center of my gaze and became slightly
smaller but it still couldn't read the screen, even though the black
sentences were extra large and bold.
The screen then changed to a smaller size. It had less print on
it and less black, bold print.
Then a fourth screen came up with less bold and black print.
that was the end.
November 28th is the day before Thanksgiving, though I distinctly
heard the words Black Friday, which is normal shopping words for the
day after Thanksgiving, but in this case might have a different
The election, I believe is November 7th, and this might be
connected in some dark way.
7-7-12 THIS IS A SHAMANIC JOURNEY FOLLOWING THE MEDITATION
NOTE: The difference between Meditation and Shamanic Journeying
is that Shamanic Journeying uses strictly fast drumming being heard
in the room and whatever comes is not controlled in any way. In my
meditations, I am able to change what dimensions I go to at will.
I saw a child's hand open a book, which then opened a doorway on
the right hand side of the screen.
From the doorway appeared a very tiny Apache Indian Boy who
wanted to jump over a deep crevice from the doorway to my side of
the crevice. He was finally kicked over to my side, but another
Indian boy, and one by one four animals with long snouts appeared
and started blowing black stuff out of their noses. The black stuff
got larger and larger and finally turned into large black triangles
with white lines on it.
At that point, the animals that were lined up next to the four
long snouted animals got larger and larger4 and I saw they were
elephants, and finally they got so large that the long snouted
animals could no longer seen. The long snouted animals were
I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT YESTERDAY I SAW A LIST OF
NUMBERS WHICH I FORGOT
WRITE DOWN I THINK THERE WERE SEVEN NUMBERS, BUT I ONLY
OF THEM 500, 400 AND 75.
JOE THOUGHT THEY WERE THE NUMBERS OF SUMERIAN GODS WHICH
IS POSSIBLE, BUT
RIGHT NOW I CAN'T PROVE IT. IT COULD BE RELATED TO THE
REST BELOW AS WELL.
8-24-12 =- DREAM I seemed to be in a dark swamp in
Florida, and the dark tide was rising amongst the maze
that meandered along the rising black tide of water I
was seeing. At one point I was looking at someone's
naked dark hairy butt and it was disgusting to look at
and I had to make myself wake up at that point.
The rising dark tides may refer to the hurricane of
August 29th during the GOP convention, but then again,
the political race is getting nastier and nastier, worse
than any I've ever seen before.
I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE DREAMING THESE DREAMS
Prophecies aimed at the second term of Obama talk of
war, military dictatorship, cities on fire, destruction,
world war III, chaos.
Rick Wiles and T D Hale dreams plus a multitude of
others are imminent.
Ron Paul, Glenn beck, peter Schiff, Jim Rogers, Gerald
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NOW WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE BLACK SNOT COMING OUT OF
THE NOSES OF THE 4 DONKEYS:
#1 - The Benghazi Tragedy, followed by the
inability of the President to get the facts straight,
and or the inability to make sure those people
who were killed to be protected at the embassy
compounds, and then get caught in not getting their
story straight before and after the election.
#2 - The CIA director Patraeus getting caught in an
extramarital affair and top secret documents found in
the apartment of the woman he
was with, followed by General Allen's affair with a
woman and 30,000 pages of e-mails, also with secret
information in them.
#3 - The President's choice to make UN
Rice, who is a close personal friend of the President to
be the replacement for Hillary Clinton's position as
Secretary of State.
President Barack Obama was considering Sen. John
Kerry for the post of Defense Secretary, despite the
Massachusetts Democrat coveting the role of Secretary of
US news media were reporting.
As part of a rearrangement of his national security
team, Obama would likely also appoint John Brennan, his
chief counterterrorism adviser, as a permanent
replacement in the role of CIA director left vacant by
scandal-plagued David Petraeus last week.
Michael Morell, the agency’s acting director, would
take over if Brennan declined,
the Washington Post reported.
job of Secretary of State will likely go to Susan
Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, senior
administration officials told the Post.
The Boston Herald pointed out that Rice still faced
scepticism over her perceived role in the Obama
administration's decision to label the Sept. 11 attack
on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, as a
violent protest as opposed to a planned terrorist
The New York Times, meanwhile, wrote that Kerry was
a "front-runner" to take over the State Department.
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Michele
Flournoy, former undersecretary for policy at the
Pentagon, had also has been mentioned as possible
replacements for Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.
However, Kerry’s spokeswoman, Jodi Seth, told the
Post: “Senator Kerry’s only focus right now is his job
as senior senator from Massachusetts and chairman of the
Foreign Relations Committee.”
Panetta, while he said he had no plans to
step down immediately, hinted that he may not remain
in the post for Obama’s entire second term.
He told reporters traveling with him on a
trip to Australia:
“Who the hell knows. It’s no secret that at some
point I’d like to get back to California.”
The White House declined to comment on the stories.
Politico wrote that Kerry, a Vietnam veteran, would
need time to get up to speed on the the day-to-day
running of the DoD.
However, his appointment would coincide with a
"build-down" of America's armed forces and power "pivot”
to the Asia-Pacific region, topics he would be across in
his role with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
THE CIA PATRAEUS AFFAIR
about powerful Washington figures having secret affairs,
the downfall of spy chief David Petraeus goes beyond sex.
surrounding the decorated four-star Army general who once ran
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan involves questions of national
security, politics and even the September 11 attack on the U.S.
consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.
resigned Friday after acknowledging he had an affair with a
woman later identified as his biographer,
Paula Broadwell, 40, a fellow West Point graduate who spent
months studying the general's leadership of U.S. forces in
FBI agents were
at Broadwell's Charlotte, North Carolina, home late Monday, said
local FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch. She declined to say what
the agents were doing there.
WCNC showed a handful of people getting out of vehicles,
carrying boxes and bags into the house. None spoke to reporters,
even when asked who they were.
Timeline of the Petraeus affair
Petraeus' resignation stunned Washington, information continues
to emerge. Among other things, a video has surfaced of a speech
by Petraeus' paramour in which she suggested the Libya attack
was targeting a secret prison at the Benghazi consulate annex,
raising unverified concerns
about possible security leaks.
The affair came
to light during an FBI investigation of "jealous" e-mails
reportedly sent by Broadwell to a woman named
Jill Kelley, a government source familiar with the
investigation told CNN on Monday.
Kelley, 37, and
her husband Scott released a statement saying they have been
friends with Petraeus and his family for more than five years
and asked for privacy.
lives in Tampa, Florida, she's known as a member of Washington's
social circuit, according to the government source. The source
has not spoken to Kelley, but says friends describe her as
feeling like she is an "innocent victim."
denied having an affair with anyone other than Broadwell,
according to a friend of the former general who has spoken with
him since news of the affair broke.
scandal also is rumbling through the halls of Congress, where
leaders in both parties are seeking answers
about the FBI investigation and there's much speculation
about the impact Petraeus' resignation will have into the
inquiry into the Benghazi attack.
scheduled to testify on the attack and the government's reaction
to it this week.
King: Petraeus' resignation doesn't preclude testimony
Here's a look at
the major threads of this still-unfolding story:
it matter? Security and Benghazi
may be commonplace in Washington, when they involve the director
of the CIA, things can take on a different tone.
there is no evidence that a security breach occurred as a result
of the affair, but that hasn't stopped discussion that Broadwell
could have gained access to classified information as a result
of what she has routinely described as "unprecedented access" to
seemed to gain momentum Monday thanks to comments Broadwell made
in a speech last month at the University of Denver.
Is Petraeus pillow talk a security threat?
"I don't know if
a lot of you have heard this, but the CIA annex had actually
taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think
that the attack on the consulate was an effort to get these
prisoners back," Broadwell said.
intelligence official told CNN on Monday, "These detention
claims are categorically not true. Nobody was ever held at the
annex before, during, or after the attacks."
source for that previously unpublished bit of information
remains unclear, and there's no evidence so far that it came
from Petraeus. Administration officials have said the Benghazi
assault was a terrorist attack.
The New York
Times also reported Sunday that investigators found classified
documents on Broadwell's laptop computer. The newspaper cited
investigators as saying Petraeus denied he had given them to
Gen. James "Spider" Marks, for whom Broadwell once worked and
who knows Petraeus, said he doubts security protocols were
breached despite what seems an
unlikely indiscretion on the part of Petraeus.
zero percent chance that national security was compromised or at
risk," he said Monday.
A senior U.S.
intelligence official said an extramarital affair by a CIA
officer is not automatically considered a security violation.
"It depends on
the circumstances," the official said.
also said Broadwell did not have a security clearance from the
said Broadwell, who is an officer in the Army reserve, did have
some kind of security clearance and that there are no issues
with Broadwell having unauthorized access to classified
resignation also presents challenges to the congressional
inquiry into the Benghazi attack.
confirmed that Petraeus recently traveled to Libya to meet the
CIA station chief to discuss the attack. He was scheduled to
testify before a congressional committee this week on the
assault and the U.S. government response to it.
Will national security scandal create national security risk?
That now will
not happen, but it is possible that he could be summoned by
Congress to testify later.
have criticized the administration's response to the Benghazi
attack and have speculated that Petraeus' departure was linked
to the congressional inquiry.
Rep. Peter King,
R-New York, said elements of the story
"don't add up." He called Petraeus "an absolutely essential
witness, maybe more than anybody else."
senior U.S. official said Petraeus' departure wasn't connected
to the Benghazi hearing.
Petraeus' frank and forthright letter of resignation stands on
its own," said the official, who spoke on the condition of
anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. "Any
suggestion that his departure has anything to do with criticism
about Benghazi is completely baseless."
Who's who in the Petraeus scandal
leaders are calling for an explanation of why they weren't
notified sooner of the FBI's inquiry when it became clear
Petraeus was involved.
Leaders of the
House Intelligence Committee are expected to meet Wednesday with
acting CIA Director Mike Morell and FBI Deputy Director Sean
Joyce to discuss the Petraeus investigation and congressional
Feinstein, the Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence
Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday" that she would "absolutely"
push for answers.
this is something that could have had an effect on national
security," she said. "I think we should have been told. There is
a way to do it. And that is, just to inform the chair and the
vice chairman of both committees, to
-- this has happened before, not with precise, same
things, but, none of the four of us have ever breached that
Feinstein told NBC that her concern
about the situation "has actually escalated the last few
was made somewhere not to brief us, which is atypical,"
Feinstein said. "This is certainly an operationally sensitive
matter. But we weren't briefed. I don't know who made that
investigation began when Kelley went to FBI officials to
complain that Broadwell was sending harassing e-mails to her, a
U.S. official told CNN. Kelley received the worrisome e-mails in
May, an official said, describing the messages as along the
lines of "stay away from my guy," but not explicitly
Opinion: How Petraeus changed the U.S. military
According to a
source with knowledge of the e-mails, the messages accused
Kelley of untoward behavior with some generals at MacDill Air
Force Base in Tampa, Florida where Kelley did volunteer work.
detailed the "comings and goings of the generals and Ms.
Kelley," said the source, who declined to speak on the record
because of sensitivity of the investigation.
those believed to be referenced in the e-mails was Petreaus.
Because parts of Petreaus' schedule were not public, the e-mails
about whether the sender of the e-mails had access to his
private schedule or other sensitive information.
The content of
the e-mails was first reported by NBC News.
At one point,
Petraeus told Broadwell to stop sending the e-mails, a U.S.
official said. It was not clear whether his request was made
during or after his affair with Broadwell.
investigation, other communications surfaced between Petraeus
and Broadwell, a married mother of two, according to a U.S.
Petraeus used a
personal account to e-mail Broadwell, not his CIA account, a
U.S. official said.
interviewed Petraeus, said the official, who stressed that the
CIA director was never the target of the investigation and his
communications were never compromised.
interviewed twice by the FBI, a U.S. official said.
said the investigation is not officially closed, but it appeared
there will be no charges.
According to a
congressional aide familiar with the matter, the House and
Senate intelligence committees weren't informed that there was
an FBI investigation into the situation until Friday.
Opinion: 5 things we've learned from Petraeus scandal
are required to be kept informed of significant intelligence
activities," the aide said Saturday. "If there was an official
investigation that was looking, at least in part, at information
that was compromising the CIA director, then I think there's a
solid argument to say that the committee leadership should have
been notified to at least some level of detail."
But former FBI
assistant director Tom Fuentes told CNN on Monday that if, as
the investigation progresses, the FBI is not "uncovering
criminal activity" or a "breach of security" then "there really
isn't a need" to notify members of Congress.
has "very strict protocols"
about who should be notified in this type of
investigation, Fuentes said.
Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia,
knew in October
about Petraeus' involvement in an extramarital affair, a
spokesman for the congressman told CNN on Sunday.
said Cantor was tipped to the information by an FBI employee.
The congressman had a conversation with the official, described
as a whistle-blower,
about the affair and national security concerns involved
in the matter, he said.
Petraeus first met in 2006 at Harvard University's Kennedy
School of Government, where she was a student, Broadwell wrote
in the preface of the biography she co-authored on Petraeus.
about her interest in studying military leadership, and
he offered his help.
discovered that he was famous for this type of mentoring and
networking, especially with aspiring soldier-scholars,"
She traveled to
Afghanistan, where she interviewed Petraeus repeatedly,
sometimes on long runs that likely increased the general's
respect for her.
kicked his butt," Marks said. "And it was probably the first
time that had ever happened to him, so he let his guard down. He
brought her in."
Such runs were a
common way for Petraeus to conduct business, an adviser who
worked on and off in Afghanistan with Petraeus and Broadwell
told CNN. Still, some staffers were jealous of the access she
had to him and the lengthy interactions they had, the adviser
Out of those
conversations and months of other research came the best-selling
book "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus."
In promoting the
book, and defending it against critics who said it was too
sympathetic, she frequently spoke of her unprecedented access to
the general and glowingly of his character.
"I'm not a
spokesperson for him, and if showing a role model to other
people in the world or other readers is a repugnant thing, then
I'm sorry, but I think the values that he upholds and tries to
instill in his organizations are valuable and worth pointing
out," she told CNN in February.
about two months after Petraeus took over at the CIA in
September 2011, according to one Petraeus friend.
about four months ago, and the two last talked
about a month ago, the friend said.
The decision to
end the relationship was mutual, the friend said.
Another of the
former general's friends said Petraeus felt isolated after
leaving the camaraderie of the military, and it made him more
"I think leaving
the Army, the emotions, and the psychological effect impacted on
him more than he thought it would," the friend said.
her background in military and intelligence issues, was someone
he could talk to, the friend said.
"He enjoyed her
company," the friend said. "She was an attractive gal and they
had things in common."
According to her biography at the University of Denver,
Broadwell graduated with honors from the U.S. Military Academy
and has had "assignments with the U.S. intelligence community,
U.S. Special Operations Command and an FBI Joint Terrorism Task
She is a now a
doctoral student at King's College in London, where her webpage
indicates she is interested in studying military leadership,
organizational and management theories and U.S. foreign, defense
and intelligence policies.
CNN has not been
able to contact Broadwell for comment. Her house in Charlotte
did not appear occupied Monday.
spokesman Steve Boylan said the retired general is devastated by
the incident, and focused on his family.
be an understatement," to describe
Petraeus' wife, he said.
this hard," Boylan said. "He is aware of the impact this has had
on his family, and he knows what a wonderful family he has. On a
personal level, he sees this as a failure, and this is a man who
has never failed at anything."
CNN's Joe Sutton, Gloria Borger,
Barbara Starr, Suzanne Kelly, Carol Cratty, Candy Crowley, Dana
Bash, Pam Benson and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.
WHO IS JILL KELLEY?
-- It seems like everybody loves a good scandal except the people
involved in it.
How must it feel to be Jill
Kelley right now?
Talking heads, journalists
and the Chatty Cathys everywhere are telling
her and how she might be tied to the downfall of America's top spy, David
National security secrets could be at stake, though no one has offered proof
of a breach.
She's kept quiet, yet
details of her personal life are quickly leaking out. Reports don't reveal
much except that she's a socialite who threw charity events for the military
community in Tampa where she lives with her oncologist husband and three kids.
scandal investigation grows
hometown newspaper in Philadelphia trotted out some basic biography:
Kelley's parents immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in the 1970s and
once ran a restaurant in New Jersey. She has a twin sister.
'Bizarre' communication for Allen
A picture of Kelley walking
out of her home wearing a smart canary yellow dress and carrying a hot pink
handbag has led
stories on major news outlets with headlines such as
Family: Scandal will 'brand' Jill Kelley 'for life' and
Jill Kelley: Five Facts
About the Petraeus Affair's Mystery Woman.
woman at center of Petraeus scandal
It all sounds so salacious. And
some of it is very harsh.
An investigative nightmare
A senior official close to
another military superstar ensnared in the controversy
-- the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan,
Gen. John Allen
-- called Kelley a "bored, rich socialite involved with every
single senior commander" because she did unpaid work as a military "honorary
his own role in this controversy. More on him later.
What is known, beyond all the
speculation and whispered excitement, is what the FBI has said,
according to U.S. officials: Last summer, Kelley went to a friend who worked at
the agency's Tampa branch because she was receiving allegedly "jealous" e-mails
from an unknown person.
That person is now believed to
Paula Broadwell, a woman with whom Petraeus was having an affair.
Petraeus, who has
acknowledged his relationship with Broadwell, is a married father of two who
many regarded as one of the finest military commanders in recent U.S.
Petraeus pillow talk: 'A spy agency's worst nightmare'
Before the scandal broke,
Broadwell said in numerous interviews to plug her book
about him, titled "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," that
she spent hours with Petraeus in Afghanistan. The two bonded on long runs
together, she said.
Critics have described
Broadwell's biography as gushing.
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart joked
about whether her book made Petraeus look "awesome or incredibly
Now "All In" is being parsed for
FBI investigators, whose
investigation began with Kelley's complaint, eventually found explicit e-mail
exchanges between Petraeus and Broadwell that revealed the affair.
Petraeus resigned as CIA chief
on Friday, writing to CIA staff that he'd acted in ways "unacceptable both as a
husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours."
What we know so far
Cue the insatiable
news media and its endless news cycle. By Monday, FBI agents had searched
Broadwell's tony home in Charlotte, North Carolina, telling CNN they were
looking for any documents sensitive to national security.
Back in Tampa, Kelley called 911
complaining that a man she didn't know was on her property and told police that
she is an "honorary consul general," which meant she has "inviolability."
"So they should not be able to
cross my property," she told the 911 operator. "I don't know if you want to get
diplomatic protection involved as well ..."
Kelley called police at least
five times concerning people in and around her home, Tampa police spokeswoman
Laura McElroy told CNN. Reporters are outside the residence.
Kelley appears to be a volunteer
who helped to welcome international visitors to Tampa but had no official job
with the U.S. government or the State Department, CNN learned Wednesday.
U.S. Central Command
released a statement saying that Kelley has "no official position with U.S.
Central Command. She is a volunteer and a private citizen, not an employee;
because of this, and because there is an ongoing investigation, we have no
additional information to provide."
Kelley and her husband, Scott,
haven't talked to reporters. Earlier they released two sentences:
"We and our family have been
friends with General 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."
More glimpses at the Kelleys
come from a gossip column in 2010 in the Tampa Tribune. It describes Petraeus
and his wife arriving in a 28-cop motorcade to a
party under a white tent on Jill and Scott Kelley's front lawn. High-profile
partiers munched lamb and crab cakes.
Petraeus wore a tan baseball hat
and an outfit that looked more suited for mall speed-walking than black-tie
waltzing. Holly Petraeus, to whom he's been married for more than 37 years,
posed for a photo with Kelley and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam.
Photos: Who's who in the Petraeus scandal
Kelley was dedicated to helping
host parties that benefited the military, local event planner Linda Baldwin told
the Tampa Tribune.
"Jill was such an awesome
client," said Baldwin, the owner of Events by Amore, which catered the pirate
party Petraeus attended. "[Kelley] did so much for the military, fabulous mother
and amazing wife; can't say enough nice things
about her. She never spared anything for the military. It was all
Karyn Anjali is a longtime
social and celebrity columnist for Tampa area high society magazine
Panache Vue. She
said she frequents
many military functions as well as the celebrity affairs in the area. She
told CNN she'd never heard of Kelley.
"I have no idea who she is. I
have handled all the major events in this town for a long time now, and I am a
little surprised I don't know her," Anjali said. "A lot of us go to the same
places, the same restaurants for lunch, the same parties, the same functions. I
myself am quite well-known, and I do not know her."
So far the only member of
Kelley's family who has spoken to reporters is her brother David Khawam.
"My sister got anonymous
e-mails," he told
CNN affiliate KYW Philadelphia. "Because of her stature and her position,
she was scared. She filed a complaint with the local authorities, and that
trickled down to everything that's going on right now."
Kelley is a "dedicated mother, a
dedicated wife," her brother added.
After that initial interview
with the affiliate, Khawam refused to talk further and referred all media
Judy Smith, Washington's top scandal spinner who is said to have inspired
new television drama "Scandal."
Jill Kelley has retained Smith
and top Washington lawyer Abbe Lowell, famous for representing clients such as
disgraced former Sen. John Edwards and ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Widening scandal focuses on 'flirtatious' e-mails
Regardless of who is talking,
the scandal involving Kelley is growing by the hour.
The Pentagon said Tuesday that
the investigation surrounding Petraeus and Broadwell has expanded to include
Allen. Allen replaced Petraeus after he left that post to lead the CIA.
According to U.S. officials, the
FBI has discovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents — most of them
e-mails — that have "potentially inappropriate" correspondence between Kelley
Some of the e-mails between
Allen and Kelley might be described as "flirtatious," according to a defense
official who was cleared to speak to the media.
However, the official told CNN
that flirtatious could mean anything from "Hey, you look good in that dress the
other night" to something more serious.
"There was no security
information exchanged. There was nothing hateful in the messages," the official
said. "It was not threatening."
The Petraeus affair: A lot more than sex
CNN's Barbara Starr, Chris Lawrence and Drew Griffin
contributed to this report.
NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 28, 2012
George H.W. Bush Hospitalized With Bronchitis: Report
Former President George H.W. Bush is being held at Houston's Methodist
Hospital on Thursday after undergoing treatment for bronchitis,
CNN and the
Houston Chronicle report.
The 88-year-old Bush has reportedly been suffering from persistent
respiratory issues and was checked in to the hospital on the day after
"His big problem is a chronic cough, he can't get rid of so he's back at
Methodist," his chief of staff, Jean Becker
told the Chronicle. "This is not a life-threatening illness."
Bush spokesman Jim McGrath
told CNN that his family hopes he will be discharged by the weekend.
Associated Press reports that Bush's son, former President George W. Bush,
has been among visitors.
More from AP:
"If you asked him today, he would tell you he feels good enough to get out
this afternoon," McGrath said Thursday. "But the doctors have a different
view. He's 88, and they're being extra careful, and understandably so."
McGrath said physicians want the cough to go away completely before Bush
"They don't want to put him through this again," McGrath said.
LaShawn Ford Indicted: Bank Fraud Lands Illinois State Representative In
Trouble With Feds
Another Illinois state lawmaker is in trouble with the Feds:
State Rep. LaShawn Ford
has reportedly been indicted on federal bank fraud charges.
Ford, a Chicago Democrat, allegedly
fraudulently netted a $500,000 increase and a two-year extension on a line of
credit from ShoreBank, reports the Sun-Times. The bank, which according to
primarily lent to South and West Side residents in Chicago, failed in 2010.
Prosecutors said Ford misled the bank, saying the money would be used to
rehab properties in the city, reports the Tribune. Instead, Ford allegedly used
the cash for "personal expenses" which apparently included
at the Hammond, Ind. casino and paying off car loans and credit cards,
according to WLS.
Ford responded to the charges Thursday and said, according to the Tribune's
Monique Garcia, "I
believe I am innocent of the charges brought against me today. ...
An indictment is an accusation, not a conviction that the law was broken."
The representative made his name in real estate and real estate investments,
according to NBC Chicago, even opening the eponymous firm, Ford Desired Realty
In 2006, the Loyola graduate was
to Illinois' 8th House District, winning reelection in 2008 and 2010.
Susan Rice, Secretary Of State Candidate, Reportedly Has Financial Stake In
Canadian Tar Sands
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Susan Rice, the candidate believed to be favored by President Obama to
become the next Secretary of State, holds significant investments in more
than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that would stand to benefit
from expansion of the North American tar sands industry and construction of
the proposed $7 billion
pipeline. If confirmed by the Senate, one of Rice’s first duties likely
would be consideration, and potentially approval, of the controversial
Rice's financial holdings could raise questions about her status as a
neutral decision maker. The current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,
Rice owns stock valued between $300,000 and $600,000 in TransCanada, the
company seeking a federal permit to transport tar sands crude 1,700 miles to
refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, crossing fragile Midwest ecosystems and
the largest freshwater aquifer in North America.
Beyond that, according to
financial disclosure reports, about a third of Rice’s personal net worth
is tied up in oil producers, pipeline operators, and related energy
industries north of the 49th parallel -- including companies with poor
environmental and safety records on both U.S. and Canadian soil. Rice and
her husband own at least $1.25 million worth of stock in four of Canada’s
eight leading oil producers, as ranked by Forbes magazine. That includes
Enbridge, which spilled
more than a million gallons of toxic bitumen into Michigan’s Kalamazoo
River in 2010 -- the
largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.
Rice also has smaller stakes in several other big Canadian energy firms,
as well as the country’s transportation companies and coal-fired utilities.
Another 20 percent or so of her personal wealth is derived from investments
in five Canadian banks. These are some of the institutions that
provide loans and financial backing to TransCanada and its competitors
for tar sands extraction and major infrastructure projects, such as Keystone
Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would stretch 700
miles from Alberta to the Canadian coast.
In 2010, for instance, when Rice and her husband held at least $1.5
million in Royal Bank of Canada, the institution was labeled
Canada's most environmentally irresponsible company by the Rainforest
Action Network for its support of tar sands development. Public pressure
from environmentalists and Canada’s First Nations tribes convinced the bank
adopt new standards regarding socially conscious lending.
“It’s really amazing that they’re considering someone for Secretary of
State who has millions invested in these companies,” said Bill McKibben, a
writer and founder of the activist groups
Tar Sands Action,
which have organized protests against the Keystone XL project. “The State
Department has been rife with collusion with the Canadian pipeline builders,
and it’s really distressing to have any sense that that might continue to go
on.” Emails obtained by an environmental group last year show what critics
call a “cozy
and complicitous relationship” between State Department officials and a
lobbyist for TransCanada, who was also a former deputy campaign director for
current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's failed 2008 presidential bid.
The agency also assigned an environmental impact review of the Keystone
project to a
company with financial ties to TransCanada.
As ambassador to the United Nations, Rice has not been directly involved
in the State Department’s Keystone XL review, which came to a head at the
end of 2011. After initially indicating it would likely approve
TransCanada’s application, the State Department
ordered a review of alternate routes to avoid putting critical water
sources in Nebraska at risk. The move, which officials said would likely
push the approval process back to the first three months of 2013,
was an attempt to spare the Obama administration a politically risky
decision just before an election year.
Greenlighting the pipeline would have hurt the president with
environmental advocates --
than 1,200 people were arrested in anti-Keystone protests led by
McKibben at the White House in Summer 2011. But denying it outright would
have given Republicans an election year attack line, saying Obama had cost
the nation much-needed jobs (although
independent studies have shown that TransCanada’s job creation claims
for the pipeline are greatly exaggerated). As it was, the president still
received significant heat, and Mitt Romney pledged to
approve the pipeline on Day 1 if he had won the election.
Were she to become Secretary of State, Rice would be in charge of the new
environmental review process and would be in a position to decide whether to
issue TransCanada a permit for sections of Keystone XL stretching from
Oklahoma to the Canadian border. (The pipeline’s southernmost leg has
already been approved and is under construction in Texas -- with
protesters perching in trees and chaining themselves to construction
equipment in an attempt to stop it.)
Rice is reportedly
Obama’s favorite to take the helm at the State Department next year.
Clinton has said repeatedly that
she plans to step down shortly after Obama’s second inauguration in
January. In addition to Rice, reportedly
the president's lead candidate for the job, U.S. Senator John Kerry had
made it onto the president’s short list. Kerry, whose net worth of at
least $232 million makes him far wealthier than Rice,
does not own shares of TransCanada or Enbridge, the major tar sands
pipeline companies, although he does have stock in some other Canadian
According to the
Center for Responsive Politics, Rice’s net worth sat somewhere between
$23.5 million and $43.5 million in 2009, the latest year for which the
center has done a full analysis of her finances. That makes her either the
wealthiest person currently serving in the executive branch or a close
second to Clinton. (The uncertainty surrounding these figures is due to the
way officials are required to disclose their investments; instead of
declaring the specific amount of stock they own, they are required by law
only to declare a range.)
Other public officials have been criticized for pushing for the Keystone
XL project while standing to benefit financially. The nonprofit Sunlight
Foundation watchdog group
reported in December 2011 that four members of Congress who own shares
in TransCanada had pressed for the pipeline’s approval -- either by
supporting bills that would have forced the State Department to issue a
permit or by writing to Clinton or Obama, urging them to give the go-ahead.
Rice’s ownership of TransCanada stock was
noted by the Sunlight Foundation but not considered a conflict of
interest at the time, because she had no direct role in the approval
Neither Rice’s office nor the White House returned OnEarth’s calls for
comment about her financial holdings.
It’s unclear when Rice began investing in Canadian energy and banks, but
the Stanford University graduate and Rhodes Scholar
worked for the prestigious McKinsey & Company consulting firm’s Toronto
office from 1990 to 1993,
marrying Canadian-born TV producer Ian Cameron in 1992. She then joined
the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton. (Financial
disclosure forms aren’t available for Rice’s security council tenure; by
they’re destroyed after six years.) Rice later became President
Clinton’s assistant secretary of state for African affairs, then joined the
nonprofit Brookings Institution think tank during the George W. Bush
administration. She advised both the Kerry and Obama presidential campaigns
on foreign policy.
According to the reports she filed in May 2012, Rice and her husband have
a wide-ranging portfolio that includes more than 100 securities, such as
IBM, Monsanto, Apple, BP, and McDonald’s. Dan Auble, a researcher at the
Responsive Politics who studies the personal finances of public
officials, said it’s not unusual to see energy investments play a
significant role in their financial portfolios, as they do with Rice and her
husband. (Auble said the holdings of a public official’s spouse are included
in financial disclosure reports because they have the same potential to
create a conflict of interest.) In their case, however, nine of the 14
holdings they claimed that top $500,000 are Canadian energy interests or
If Rice does get the Secretary of State job, federal ethics officials
could recommend that she sell her stock in TransCanada and related companies
before deciding on Keystone XL, Auble said. But that’s not a sure thing.
Leading Keystone opponents say they wouldn’t necessarily oppose Rice’s
nomination -- but they would want someone else in charge of deciding the
pipeline’s fate. “It would be one of the first decisions she would make, and
she’s not qualified to make an unbiased decision,” said Jane Kleeb, the
executive director of
Bold Nebraska, a group that has fought to block the Keystone XL
“It’s one more clear sign that the State Department should not be
handling this,” added McKibben (who is
an OnEarth contributing editor). Both advocates believe the
Environmental Protection Agency or the White House Council on Environmental
Quality would be more qualified to assess the environmental impacts of
Keystone XL. But an executive order issued by President George W. Bush in
makes the Secretary of State responsible for approving pipelines that
cross the U.S. border. Kleeb suggested that Obama could change that order to
shift the decision-making responsibility elsewhere.
Environmental advocates (including the
Natural Resources Defense
Council, which publishes OnEarth) have sought to block
Keystone XL pipeline and further development of the Alberta tar sands
fields due to their climate impact and potential for pollution and dangerous
oil spills. Extracting bitumen -- a heavy, viscous black oil -- requires
intensive open-pit mining in the heart of Canada’s boreal forest. More dirty
and corrosive than conventional crude, bitumen requires extensive refining
to become useable fuel. The entire process uses vast amounts of energy and
water and creates three times the global warming pollution of conventional
fuel, while shipping the bitumen through pipelines
means an additional risk of corrosion and leaks.
Despite the environmental risks, tar sands development has become a major
focus of the Canadian government and pillar of the country’s economy,
championed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose administration has
denounced environmental advocates and First Nations tribes opposed to
pipeline construction as extremists. Alberta's tar sands contain the world's
third largest proven oil reserve, but they’re landlocked and remote --
hence the desire for more pipelines to provide Canadian energy companies
with access to ports and refineries.
According to her
most recent financial disclosure reports, along with her TransCanada
investments, Rice and her husband own at least $1.5 million worth of stock
in Enbridge (Canada’s No. 3 oil producer, according to Forbes), Cenovus (No.
7), and Encana (No. 8), as well as at least $1.25 million in Imperial (No.
2), $50,000 to $100,000 in Suncor (No. 1), and $15,000 to $50,000 in
Canadian Natural (No. 6). (TransCanada is ranked at No. 5 by Forbes.) The
couple has at least $1.25 million invested in Transalta, Alberta's largest
coal-fired electricity power producer, and at least $1.5 million in Canadian
which transports coal, oil, and gas and has been a major financial
beneficiary of the North American energy boom.
On the banking side, Rice has investments totaling at least $5 million
and up to $11.25 million in Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian
Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, and Toronto Dominion. A
report by the Dutch consulting firm Profundo Economic Research says
several of these same banks are largely responsible for underwriting the
expansion of Canada’s tar sands industry. “Investment in tar sands
infrastructure now surpasses that of manufacturing across all of Canada,”
according to the report.
Which means that regardless of Keystone XL’s fate, Canadian companies
will continue to seek ways to pump bitumen from northern Canada to coastal
refineries and ports, where it can be shipped to Europe, China, and other
overseas markets. NRDC and other environmental groups
have presented evidence that Enbridge is making plans to reverse a
pipeline that currently carries regular crude from the New England coast to
Montreal, and use it to ship tar sands oil in the other direction instead.
Since it crosses the U.S.-Canadian border, that plan would also require
State Department approval.
Genoways contributed to this report.
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Syrian internet goes down, gets cut off from the world
The civil war-torn nation of
Syria has seemingly disappeared from the internet. In a sign that the
regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to
limit the flow of information and possibly increase its violent
crackdown on opposition forces, all 84 blocks of IP addresses used by the
gone offline. The blackout was first reported by Renesys this
morning at around 5:26am ET and the #SyriaBlackout hashtag has started
picking up steam on Twitter as others have noticed. While it's unclear
exactly what has happened and investigations are on going, and a nationwide
outage is highly suspicious. The Associated Press is reporting that
rebels are laying blame for the blackout at the feet of the government and
that cellphone service has also been severed. We'll update as more
information rolls in, but we wouldn't expect good news.
Update: Akamai has provided more confirmation of the
outage. As you can see in the image above, at some point this morning the
amount of data coming out of Syria simply dropped to zero.
This morning, an entire country was effectively cut off
from the Internet. Web traffic in and out of Syria dropped
to zero abruptly, a drastic development more than a year into a conflict
that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Cellphone service also appears to
down, according to the BBC, and there are reports that the Damascus
airport has been largely shut down, as well.
Both Egypt and Libya imposed Internet blackouts last year as measures against
their own uprisings. In some ways, it is surprising that Syria has waited this
long, given the horrific violence of the past year. That may be in part because
the Syrian government has been much more proactive online than other Arab
governments, exploiting the same social networks used by dissidents to monitor
their activities through sophisticated
phishing scams and tracking software. It’s also possible that some group
other than the Syrian government is responsible for the blackout, though given
its speed and scope, it’s not clear who would have that capability.
Here are three questions central to the Web shutdown’s significance for Syria:
1. Is this blackout proactive or reactive?
In other words, is the Syrian government shutting down the Web as a precursor to
some future event, or is the step a reaction to things that have already
happened? The government has at times cut off connectivity in certain areas in
advance of military operations there. Many observers seem to fear an impending
major counterattack by the Syrian military, which has experienced a steady
trickle of small setbacks. The closure of the Damascus airport is fueling
speculation that the military may focus such an effort there.
It’s also possible, though, that the move is simply meant to slow the rebels’
recent gains, online
and on the ground. James
Miller at Enduring America writes: “A disconnected insurgency, and
activists who cannot access each other or the outside world, will have trouble
galvanizing their supporters or organizing the final push. Meanwhile, if bad
news can be hidden away from Assad’s own soldiers, defections may not increase
as much as they would otherwise.”
2. How long will it last?
Egypt’s Internet shutdown, which occurred in early 2011 just as the country’s
uprising was picking up steam, lasted
only a few days, possibly because the blackout risked provoking greater
sympathy for the protesters. Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is probably not too
worried about that – after this many thousands of deaths, it’s hard to imagine
many people switching sides over a Web shutdown. But the blackout poses risks
for the regime as well, damaging the country’s already crippled economy and
sapping its own ability to communicate both internally and externally. If the
blackout persists, it could suggest that the Assad government is feeling
increasingly desperate about the conflict.
3. Are phone lines also down?
The status of nationwide land-line and cellphone networks is more difficult to
measure than is Web access. There have been anecdotal reports of
intermittent phone outages, something that the Libyan government imposed in
parts of the country during the 2011 uprising that devolved into civil war. It’s
too early to say what the implications would be of plunging an entire country
such as Syria into information darkness, but given the high number of refugees,
the challenges of coordinating emergency services and the already severe
difficulty experienced by civilians and fighters alike in navigating the war’s
ever-shifting front lines and hot spots, the effects of a wider communications
outage could be significant.
The research firm Renesys reported this morning that Syria’s international
Internet connection effectively shut down starting at 12:26 p.m. local time
(5:26 a.m. eastern time) Thursday. The firm earlier estimated that 92
percent of all routed networks in
the country were offline. Its latest report, however, says that “all 84 of
Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively
removing the country from the Internet.” The AP is reporting that a
second U.S.-based Internet-monitoring firm, Akamai, also shows Syriaentirely
reports via Twitter suggest
that some of the country’s landline and cell phone connections
may also be experiencing problems, though that has not been confirmed. An AP
report earlier this morning cited anti-government activists blaming
the government for the shutdown. It noted that “the government has
previously cut phone lines and Internet access in areas where regime forces
are conducting major military operations.” But a total shutdown is
Assuming that the government is behind the blackout, it’s a scary time for
opponents of the brutal Bashar al-Assad regime, which might take such a step
in preparation for a particularly bloody military crackdown. But it also
stinks of desperation: The doomed regimes in Egypt and Libya took similar
steps during the revolutions in those countries last year.
UPDATE, 11:08 a.m.: Reuters links the
shutdown to intense
clashes between government and rebel forces along the main road to the
Damascus airport, which is now closed. Fighting is "heavier in that area
than at any other time in the conflict," Reuters reports, with the
government bringing in army reinforcements as the rebels advance toward the
airport, perhaps in a bid to thwart the import of military equipment.
The Reuters story also contains this ominous line: "A Syrian security source
told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the army had started a
'cleansing operation' in the capital to confront rebel advances."
Ralls Corp, Obama Administration Face Off In Landmark Case Over National
A small Chinese company is battling the Obama
administration in court Wednesday over the president's decision to cite
national security in squashing a deal -- the first time in two decades that
the president has made such a move.
Wind farm company Ralls Corp.
sued President Obama last month for halting the company’s plans to build
a plant in Oregon, which Obama claimed was
too close to a military training site. Ralls has ties to Sany, a major
Chinese company headed by Liang Wengen,
is sixth on Forbes China Rich List.
Ralls filed the lawsuit at
a sensitive time for Obama -- the final weeks of the presidential
campaign, during which his rival Mitt Romney criticized him for being too
soft on China.
“We are suing the president because we do not accept his finding that we
are a national security threat. It is not true,” Ralls CEO and
Liang’s deputy Wu Jialiang said at the time, according to the Christian
The lawsuit highlights the question of whether Obama’s national security
decisions should be subject to challenge in the courts. When Obama killed
the Oregon deal, it was the
first time in more than 20 years that a president had cited national
security to squash an agreement with a foreign buyer, according to the Wall
It’s unlikely Ralls will win the suit, but it draws attention to the U.S.
government’s relationship with Chinese businesses. Some Chinese companies
have claimed America’s foreign investment rules discriminate against them.
For example, the U.S. imposed major
tariffs on Chinese solar panel makers in October, after finding that the
companies were damaging the U.S. solar panel industry by flooding the market
with cheap products subsidized by the Chinese government.
The European Union is also
probing Chinese solar panel makers, after European manufacturers
complained the companies were flooding the market with cheap, subsidized
The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed
read of the top stories making news from around the country and the
CNN: Fiscal cliff debate shifts to campaign-style tactics
It helped get him re-elected, so President Barack Obama is again
employing campaign-style tactics to increase pressure on congressional
Republicans to compromise to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Failure
to reach a deal means tax increases and deep spending cuts take effect
in five weeks, a scenario analysts fear could push the country back into
CNN: Congressman proposes 2-year ban on bills about Internet
In an unusual step, a U.S. congressman is proposing a two-year ban on
all new federal legislation regulating the Internet. Rep. Darrell Issa,
a Republican from California who has been an advocate for Internet
freedoms, has posted online a draft of his legislation, the Internet
American Moratorium Act of 2012.
CNN: Accomplished and determined,
Susan Rice at center of political storm
At one time, Susan Rice seemed to be on a trajectory that would take her
to the secretary of state's office in President Barack Obama's second
term. But the confusing timeline that she and the Obama administration
have offered around the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic
mission in Benghazi, Libya, might have altered that political course,
begun years ago with the help of a powerful family friend.
CNN: Mexico's president-elect focuses on economy during U.S.
Mexico's new leader had a message for U.S. officials as he toured
Washington on Tuesday: Ties between the neighboring nations must go
beyond the drug war. The two countries should team up to create jobs,
Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto said at the White House.
CNN: Gay men sue counselors who promised to make them straight
Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the
teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality. His search led him to
JONAH - Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing. JONAH co-director
Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him
change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer
fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH
counselor. "This is the first time that plaintiffs have sought to hold
conversion therapists liable in a court of law," said Samuel Wolfe, a
lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
CNN: Tobacco companies ordered to publicly admit deception on
Tobacco companies have been ordered by a federal judge to publicly
admit, through advertisements and package warnings, that they deceived
American consumers for decades about the dangers of smoking. Federal
Judge Gladys Kessler issued her ruling Tuesday in one of the last legal
steps settling liability in the long-running government prosecution of
CNN: New York man indicted in shopkeeper killings
A New York City man was indicted Tuesday on six murder counts, accused
of using a .22-caliber rifle to kill three city shopkeepers. Salvatore
E. Perrone, 64, could face up to life in prison if he is convicted,
CNN: Tennessee latest state to chase multiple bomb threats
Courthouses and other government buildings in 30 Tennessee counties
received bomb threats Tuesday, a state official said, making it the
fifth state this month to see a similar round of false alarms.
CNN: Protesters to Morsy: Roll back your decree or leave
Egyptians swarmed Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand that their first
freely elected leader respect their wishes, hoping to revive a
democratic groundswell that swept the country's former strongman from
power nearly two years ago. Protesters waved flags and banners, chanted
slogans and called on President Mohamed Morsy to roll back last week's
decree giving himself expanded presidential powers - or resign.
CNN: Arafat's body exhumed, tested for poison
Did Yasser Arafat die eight years ago of natural causes or was the
75-year-old Palestinian leader poisoned, as his widow believes? That's
the question forensic investigators from at least three nations are
trying to answer by testing samples taken from Arafat's body, which was
exhumed Tuesday and reburied a short time later.
CNN: Defiant former Mexican mayor killed
The first time an assassin's bullet tried to find her, Maria Santos
Gorrostieta escaped, but her husband was killed. That was in 2009, when
she was mayor of Tiquicheo, a small town in the Mexican state of
Michoacan, which has seen some of the most brutal drug-related violence.
The bullets found her in January of 2010, but again, she survived. She
remained defiant but the forces who wanted her dead prevailed this
month, kidnapping her while she drove her daughter to school.
CNN Security Clearance: Second North Korean missile launch would
While new satellite images show preparations for what is believed to be
a coming long-range missile launch by North Korea, a second attempt in
2012 would be unprecedented, a top satellite image analyst told CNN.
There have been four launches of this scale since 1998, including a
failed attempt in April of this year. A second launch in 2012 would be
the first time North Korea has launched two systems of this class, their
largest missile class, in less than three years.
CNNMoney: Federal Reserve official aims for 6.5% unemployment
Just how far should the unemployment rate fall before the Federal
Reserve raises interest rates? Charles Evans, president of the Chicago
Fed, wants the central bank to keep the federal funds rate near zero
until unemployment falls to 6.5% - a jobless rate not seen since 2008.
CNNMoney: Treasury declines to brand China a currency
The Treasury Department said Tuesday that China's currency remains
undervalued, but stopped short of branding the country a currency
manipulator. In its semi-annual report on international exchange rates,
the Treasury Department said Chinese authorities "have substantially
reduced the level of official intervention in exchange markets" since
last year, and have "taken a series of steps to liberalize controls on
CNNMoney: Does Powerball really boost the economy?
Millions of Americans are buying tickets for Wednesday's $500 million
Powerball lottery, and you'd think that would mean a big economic boost
for the 43 states participating. That's not a sure bet.
In case you missed it…
CNN's Erin Burnett covers the story of a satirical story by The Onion
that became a feature story in China.