Daily Archives: October 2, 2009

Letterman Had a Fling with Another Staffer + Leno makes Dave “Topic A”

More details are emerging:

Source: Letterman Had a Fling with Another Staffer:

“with one of his peers, a woman close to him, not an intern.”

A former Late Show with David Letterman staffer tells PEOPLE that the talk show host had a sexual relationship with one of the show’s employees in the late 1990s.

The source says the relationship occurred before Stephanie Birkitt, 34, the woman at the center of the Letterman scandal, worked on the show and involved a different female staffer.

“I’m not surprised this came out,” the former staffer tells PEOPLE of Letterman’s admission Thursday night that he had “had sex with women who work for me on this show.”

“Even the interns knew stuff like that was going on,” says the source.
source:

**44-Top Choice***

Leno on Letterman:

Original story:

Bob Halderman Arrested in Letterman Sting

No, not the Watergate guy, Bob Haldeman…

Bob Haldeman

This guy, Bob Halderman, a CBS producer on the show “48-Hours”

Bob Halderman


posted by GeoT

The basic story goes like this (from the NY Times):

David Letterman Reveals Extortion Attempt

David Letterman said on his show on Thursday that he had been the victim of an extortion attempt over charges of sexual affairs with staff members, claims that he conceded were true.

Mr. Letterman said on “The Late Show,” on CBS, that he had been approached by a person who wanted $2 million not to go public with information that Mr. Letterman had been in sexual relationships with women who work on his show.

Mr. Letterman said that he had testified before a grand jury and had admitted to the relationships.

“My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would,” he said on the show. “I feel like I need to protect these people. I need to certainly protect my family.”
con’t here:

BUT, the plot thickens…

From TMZ: Woman in Letterman Case Lived with Suspect

One of the women at the center of the David Letterman alleged extortion case is Stephanie Birkitt, his former assistant — according to the search warrant obtained by FOX 5 New York. And, the warrant says, Birkitt was the suspect’s girlfriend and we’ve learned she was living with him until recently.
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Soooo, Stephanie Birkitt, who is, if I’m not mistaken, the often seen “page” wearing an oversized Late Show varsity jacket who would come down the isle and hand Dave the envelopes with the prizes for the audience

Stephanie Birkitt

Stephanie Birkitt


Stephanie with Dave

Stephanie with Dave

44-UPDATE
Birkitt, Letterman’s former assistant who has made several appearances on the “Late Show,” lived with alleged blackmailer Robert “Joe” Halderman, who allegedly “was in possession of Birkitt’s diary, correspondence and photos — which he says incriminated Letterman,” according to TMZ.


Stephanie Birkitt on the Late Show:

The Perp:

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Here’s Dave coming clean and trying his best to make light of the situation:

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Halderman

Halderman

It’s a bit of a sticky wicket don’t ya’ think?

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**Update** IAEA chief arrives in Iran to discuss enrichment site

TEHRAN (Reuters) – The head of the U.N. nuclear agency arrived in Iran on Saturday for talks on a timetable for inspectors to visit a newly disclosed unfinished nuclear enrichment plant, state radio reported.
A senior Iranian nuclear official told Reuters that ElBaradei would discuss plans to allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to visit the site, as demanded by world powers. He said ElBaradei would not visit any nuclear site.
Iran agreed with six powers in Geneva on Thursday to allow IAEA inspectors unfettered access to the plant, near the Shi’ite holy city of Qom, but did not set a time frame.

more@:

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**44-Update** Iran Agrees To Send Most Of Its Uranium To Russia

Iran’s agreement in principle to export most of its enriched uranium for processing — if it happens — would represent a major accomplishment for the West, reducing Iran’s ability to make a nuclear weapon quickly and buying more time for negotiations to bear fruit.

If Iran has secret stockpiles of enriched uranium, however, the accomplishment would be hollow, a senior American official conceded. Con’t here:

President Barack Obama’s strategy of engaging Iran finally got under way in earnest on Thursday with a positive response from Tehran to at least some of the concerns about its nuclear program. At a meeting in Geneva with officials from Western powers, Russia and China, Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect a hitherto secret uranium-enrichment facility under construction near Qum. President Obama and his allies expressed grave concern last week about the site after revelations of its existence, and they made the demand for its inspection a key benchmark of Iran’s willingness to cooperate in resolving questions about its nuclear intent.

Javier Solana

Javier Solana

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana announced that Iran had agreed to inspections at the site “in the next couple of weeks” and hailed the talks as “the start of what we hope will be an intensive process.” Further talks are expected to be held later this month.
Obama later called the talks a “constructive beginning” but insisted that Iran follow up with “constructive action” to prove its stated commitment to confine itself to peaceful nuclear development. “We’re not interested in talking for the sake of talking,” he said. “Pledges of cooperation must be fulfilled.”
Complete Story: Here

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Americans for Prosperity Conservatives Revel In Obama’s Olympic Bid Failure

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Thank You, Mr. President by ‘Morning Joe‘ Scarbourough

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Joe Scarborough, Host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, former member of Congress

Joe Scarborough, Host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, former member of Congress

I could not have been more surprised when I read this article. Normally, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and I don’t agree on much. With his article, Thank You, Mr. President, he and I are on exactly the same page. It was fantastic to see the President so committed to winning the 2016 Olympics for Chicago and the entire country. It was refreshing to see him go to the mat for America, just like all the other foreign Presidents do for their countries. President Obama being the first POTUS to go there personally was not a negative, but a positive sign that we will no longer be viewed as an arrogant nation who puts itself above the rest of the world. Even though we lost the bid, I was proud to see the President behave so graciously towards Brazil in defeat. Some times the best way to judge a person (or in this case a countries) character is by how they behave in defeat. Morning Joe must feel the same way, which is probably why he is chastising his fellow conservatives. They are an object lesson in how not to be a good loser. If they ever intend to win another National election, they should heed his words. Nobody wants to vote for a sore loser.

Count me as one conservative who is disappointed that President Obama’s hometown will not be hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.

Chicago is a beautiful city that would have made a perfect backdrop for the Olympics. The President was right to fly to Copenhagen to try to land the games, not for the sake of his city, but for the good of his country. The fact President Obama failed makes me respect him more for taking the chance, and the fact many right-wing figures opposed the President’s mission shows just how narrow-minded partisanship makes us all.

For the better part of 20 years, a bitterness has infected our politics that has weakened our country.

We Republicans spent eight years trying to delegitimize Bill Clinton.

Democrats spent the next eight years doing the same to George W. Bush.

Now that a Democrat is in the Oval Office again, it is the GOP who is trying to delegitimize a sitting president.

When I try to talk to Republicans about the need to break this cycle of viciousness, some cite the chapter and verse of every hateful left wing attack against George W. Bush.

Whenever I attempt to have a conversation with some Democrats about the need for us respect our president– whether he be an Obama or a Bush– I am told that Bush deserved whatever he got because he was a lying war criminal who hated the Constitution and loved torturing people.

Fortunately, there are a growing number of Americans who believe we cannot continue going on this way.

You and I may disagree on how the CIA handled terror suspects. But that does not mean that you are soft on terrorism anymore than it means that I hate the Constitution.

You and I may have a different approach to Afghanistan. But just because you want to stay there another five years doesn’t mean you are an imperialist. And if I believe a decade in that forsaken land is more than enough, that doesn’t mean I’m soft on al Qaeda or the Taliban.

It just means that we view the world differently.

That creative tension–that intense give and take–has been what has kept America strong since Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton fought like hell in George Washington’s White House.

Hamilton wanted a strong centralized government while Jefferson believed that the government that governed least governed best.

Both men were frustrated by the checks and balances that stood in the way of their agendas, but that debate shaped America for years to come.

But something has gone terribly wrong.

Today on Morning Joe, NBC News Legend Tom Brokaw remarked to Pat Buchanan about how the level of partisanship is even more intense today than during the depths of the Watergate crisis. Brokaw was commenting on Congressman Grayson’s comments, but he could have easily
been talking about Joe Wilson or death panels or the bizarre claim that the President “hates all white people.”

Some of the rhetoric is dangerous. But what we saw from some conservative corners regarding the President’s failed Olympics bid was just plain stupid.

I’m happy for Rio and think it is past time that South America got a chance to host the Olympic Games. But put me down as one conservative who is glad my president flew across the ocean to try to bring the 2016 Games to America.

Nice try, President Obama. And thanks for taking time away from your young girls for the sake of your hometown and your country, Michelle. I know that’s never an easy thing to do.~~Joe Scarbourough

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MSNBC’s Ed Schultz , Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and MSNBC Contributor Jim Warren discuss why the Republican Party’s has a anti-Obama’s agenda from the Olympics to health care reform.

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Rachel Maddow is joined by Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) to try and make some sense of conservatives celebrating the news that the International Olympic Committee decided the summer Olympic games won’t be held in Chicago in 2016.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, E.J. Dionne, and NYT conservative Columnist David Brooks comment on Sunday’s Meet the Press.

Joe Scarborough discusses the Republicans cheering for the failure of America getting the 2016 Olympics

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Obama Meets with Afghanistan Commander in Denmark

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This photo provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, aboard Air Force One in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This photo provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, aboard Air Force One in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Associated Press/Julie Pace & Lara Jakes—At a pivotal point in the administration’s Afghanistan strategy, President Barack Obama and his top Afghan war commander met privately aboard Air Force One Friday for a talk the White House described as productive.

The 25-minute meeting with Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, aboard Air Force One as it waited to carry the president home from Denmark, gave Obama a chance to step outside the circle of advisers he has convened to study the problem of Afghanistan. His war council has been sharing differing opinions on whether the U.S. should send thousands more troops to tamp down the Taliban, or shift to a narrower focus on al-Qaida in neighboring Pakistan.

The Copenhagen meeting was an extension of those war council sessions “as we reassess and re-evaluate moving forward in Afghanistan,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters afterward.

He said Obama and McChrystal “both agree that this is a helpful process.” No decisions were made at their meeting, Gibbs said.

Mtg on Air Force One with Gen. McChrystal

Mtg on Air Force One with Gen. McChrystal

Obama was in the Danish capital to pitch Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic games, and McChrystal was summoned there from London, where he gave a speech on Thursday warning that insurgents are gaining strength in Afghanistan and the U.S. needs to increase its efforts there.

Hours after Obama and McChrystal met, the Pentagon said that the general’s official request for more troops for the war will not be sent to the White House until next week at the earliest.

At issue is Obama’s looming decision to stick with the current mission in Afghanistan – which could require adding as many as 40,000 additional U.S. troops – or scale back the military option and expand operations targeting terrorists in Pakistan.

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Senate Republicans Don’t Defend Ensign: Aides Say Probes Will Decide His Fate

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AP/Laurie Kellman—Sen. John Ensign of Nevada was only beginning to emerge from a self-imposed political exile over fallout from his extramarital affair with a campaign aide. Now, tawdry new details about the case are raising fresh questions whether Ensign can be re-elected in 2012 – or even face criminal charges over his behavior.

If Ensign was looking for signs of support among Republican leaders on Capitol Hill on Friday, he didn’t get any. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell declined repeatedly to answer questions about Ensign or offer any support. Other Republicans, already effectively a 60-40 minority in the Senate, also met the latest developments with silence, wary of speaking out until they see evidence of wrongdoing uncovered by the Senate ethics committee or federal law enforcement.

Ensign’s one-time presidential ambitions imploded this summer after disclosures about the affair – including reports of his own efforts to hide it by finding a consulting and lobbying job for his mistress’ husband, Doug Hampton, arranging for a $96,000 payment to the couple and doling out a promotion and pay raises to his mistress around the time of the affair. Ensign responded by keeping a low profile, rarely speaking to reporters and apologizing in meetings with constituents and Republican leaders in Nevada.

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The Hill/Alexander Bolton—Senior Republican aides say Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) political future will depend on what actions the Senate Ethics Committee or the Justice Department may take against the lawmaker.

A senior GOP aide said that if the Senate Ethics Committee was not already investigating Ensign, it would be certain to launch a probe now.

The aide said that Ensign would have to answer the new allegations himself.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to comment about Ensign’s political future during a Friday morning news conference. The session was supposed to be devoted to healthcare reform, but questions soon turned to Ensign.

“I really don’t have any observations to make about the Ensign matter,” McConnell said, reiterating his position after reporters barraged him with persistent questioning. “I don’t think today is a day to make any observations about the matter — it just appeared in the newspaper today.”

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Flouting Lobbying Ban, Ensign Helped Hampton Clients: Revealed in New York Times Investigation

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Hannity Targeting Gay Admin Figure Because He’s Feeling Heat From Glenn Beck?

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There have been a couple of stories in the last 48 hours written about the competition between Fox New’s Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. I don’t frequent Fox News, so I really don’t have a horse in this race.

That would be like asking a kid whether they preferred spinach or liver.

From Greg Sarget’s Plum Line blog:

So what’s driving Hannity’s jihad? One wonders whether it’s driven by the fact that Beck is experiencing a ratings surge that has to have Hannity spooked big time. The just-released Fox News third quarter ratings show that Beck’s surge dwarfs Hannity’s by a wide margin.

Beck’s overall viewership has climbed an astonishing 89%, and in the key 25-54 demo it has exploded by 136%. By contrast, Hannity’s overall viewership has climbed a measly nine percent, and in the key demo it’s jumped only 17%.

Pretty paltry performance, given all the passions unleashed by the Age of Obama. What’s more, Beck inhabits the lowly 5 PM slot while Hannity enjoys the plum 9 PM perch.

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From Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins:

And finally, we have the race for “scalps.” Van Jones, ACORN, the National Endowment for the Arts Yosi Sargent… Beck’s the guy who’s become associated with all of them, and he’s reaped the rating benefits. It makes a certain amount of sense that Hannity would go out gunning for his own. I have to imagine, though, that Hannity understands what very few people even talk about: Beck didn’t actually do a lot of work to earn them. No one has fallen from grace because of enterprise reporting done by Glenn Beck. Andrew Breitbart, essentially, broke the ACORN scandal. With Patrick Courrielche, he got the ball rolling against Yosi Sergant at the NEA. Heck, Van Jones was cut by his own hand: if he’d never signed a Truther Petition, he’d be pushing memos around the White House to this day. The credit that Beck’s received for all of this? Well, as they say, he got it for cheap.

So, now, we have Hannity calling for a head of his own. It’s not entirely out of step for him, but it sure feels like the actions of a hunted man. That said, let’s not forget that Hannity has one trump card that will likely protect his prime-time perch for the time being: Fox can still sell national ads on his program in prime time. Right now, Color of Change is the best friend Hannity could ask for!

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