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Nov. 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM   |   Comments

Petraeus quits CIA over affair

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair, and President Barack Obama named Michael Morell acting director of the agency.

In a letter to colleagues Friday, Petraeus said he "showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours."

NBC News reported Friday the FBI is investigating whether Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer and the co-author of the book, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," had improper access to Petraeus' email. The report said investigators are looking into whether Broadwell had access to classified information.

The online magazine Slate said Friday Broadwell is the woman with whom Petraeus was having an affair. Slate said Obama agonized for 24 hours over Petraeus' resignation before accepting it.

Broadwell is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who was embedded in Afghanistan, where she observed Petraeus for a project on leadership and organization.

Petraeus said he asked Obama at a White House meeting Thursday "to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA."

"This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation," Petraeus said Friday.

"David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades," Obama said in a statement issued by the White House. "By any measure, he was one of the outstanding general officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end.

"As director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication and patriotism," the president said.

Obama said he was confident the CIA "will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe."

Obama said his "thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work."

The couple married in 1974.


McConnell: Bottom line is no tax increases

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Republicans are not going to "roll over" and agree to tax increases, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said.

McConnell took his stand in a statement released Thursday to Breitbart News.

"One issue I've never been conflicted about is taxes," McConnell said. "I wasn't sent to Washington to raise anybody's taxes to pay for more wasteful spending, and this election doesn't change my principles."

McConnell said the election did not really change anything, leaving Republicans in control of the House and with a "robust minority" in the Senate.

"I know some people out there think Tuesday's results mean Republicans in Washington are now going to roll over and agree to Democrat demands that we hike tax rates before the end of the year," McConnell said. "I'm here to tell them there is no truth to that notion whatsoever."

President Obama has called a White House meeting with congressional leaders next week to discuss deficit reduction. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, strategist for Senate Democrats, has suggested Republicans might be less intransigent given Democrats' success in Tuesday's elections.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he would support tax code changes that increase revenue but only those involving closing loopholes and not an increase in rates.


Cold, snow to hit South, Midwest, West

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Cold weather and snow has been predicted for parts of the South, the Midwest and the West, meteorologists say.

A storm front moving across Southern California may result in snowfall in mountain areas in Ventura and Los Angeles counties Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"Some accumulating snow up to 1 inch or 2 with amounts to 3 inches will be possible in the mountains," the National Weather Service said in a statement.

In Atlanta, temperatures dropped below freezing early Friday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. However, meteorologist Karen Minton said temperatures climbed into the 60s Friday and are expected to reach the 70s during the weekend.

Meanwhile, parts of North Dakota and Montana may receive as much as a foot of snow Friday night and into Saturday from a storm system moving through the area, The Weather Channel reported.


Supreme Court takes up voting rights, DNA

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Friday agreed to take up cases involving voting rights and whether police can legally take DNA samples from suspects.

The high court said it would take up whether Congress exceeded its authority in 2006 when it extended the Voting Rights Act for 25 years. The measure originally was adopted in 1965.

At issue is a section affecting nine states and parts of seven others with a history of racial bias in voting, SCOTUSBlog reported. Those jurisdictions must get approval from the Department of Justice before changing election laws or procedures.

The court accepted a case from Shelby County, Ala., (Shelby County vs. Holder) but said it would limit its review to whether reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act violated the 14th and 15th amendments, as well as the 10th Amendment.

The DNA case (Maryland vs. King) will determine whether an individual's Fourth Amendment rights were violated by police when they took a sample of the suspect's DNA without his consent before conviction.

Among the other cases accepted was one to determine whether a federal judge can impose a longer sentence based on federal sentencing guidelines than the guidelines that were in effect when the crime was committed (Peugh vs. United States).

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