Posts by Brendan James
- Brendan James at The Lookout1 yr ago
Now that election season is (finally) over, political junkies need another way to entertain themselves during the holiday season. We asked some top players in Washington to recommend the best gifts for the politically obsessed.
NAME: Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform GIFT: Election memorabilia
Washington's infamous purveyor of the anti-tax "pledge" suggests saving campaign souvenirs, particularly those that you can customize: "Herman Cain's 9-9-9 bumper is great, for either your tax reform friends or, if you turn it upside down, your pagan friends." Norquist has his own fair share of memorabilia. "Yeah, I collect buttons," he says. "Old Nixon or Goldwater ones are really cool."
NAME: Jake Tapper, White House Correspondent, ABC News GIFT: "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965" by William Manchester
On Friday, another shot was fired by conservative supporters of fast-food companies claiming to chafe under the requirements of Obamacare.
Rebooting America, a small but vocal group formed after the Nov. 6 election, has designated Friday as National Papa John's Appreciation Day. The announcement was made in support of Papa John's CEO John Schnatter's recent statement that the Affordable Care Act may prompt the pizza chain to raise prices and cut employees' hours in order to keep them from qualifying for health care.
Through the Twitter hashtag #IStandWithPapaJohns, the group is urging people to rush out and buy Papa John's pizza to show support, and to oppose the onslaught of social media attacks and informal boycotts of the chain as a result of its position.
One of the more jarring twists in the unfolding scandal surrounding retired Gen. David Petraeus' affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell—that the FBI agent who kicked off the investigation sent shirtless photos to another player in the controversy, Tampa, Fla., socialite Jill Kelley—has turned out to be a less salacious event than originally reported.
The agent, Frederick Humphries, is a veteran of the FBI who has handled several high-profile terrorist cases and trained with SWAT and Special Forces soldiers. Years before Kelley contacted him about the anonymous emails she was receiving, which led to the discovery of the Petreaus-Broadwell affair, Humphries sent family and friends—including Kelley—a photo of himself between two bare-chested dummies at MacDill Air Force Base.
Noting his likeness to the bald and shirtless dummies, Humphries captioned the photo, "Which one's Fred?" according to the Seattle Times. Friends have confirmed the email was a joke and noted his general tendency toward this sort of humor; his wife even had the image framed.
At a Thursday press conference in Bangkok, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he's unaware of any more top military brass involved in the web of scandal uncovered by the investigation into retired Gen. David Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, the Associated Press reports.
The clarification comes now that the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, has been sucked into the controversy after the discovery of potentially flirtatious emails with Tampa, Fla., socialite Jill Kelley.
Kelley had set off the entire scandal by reaching out to an FBI agent after receiving threatening emails eventually believed to be from Broadwell. Those emails led the FBI to uncover the affair between Broadwell and the CIA director. Broadwell had also reached out to Allen, albeit anonymously, in May, allegedly attempting to undermine Kelley's reputation.