The President of France Is Having an Affair
This really is the Summer of Love (or at least Lust), people.
As we wait to find out who Eliot Spitzer is shtupping (or we can do this ourselves by process of elimination — I think we can rule out Christine Quinn, Sydney Leathers, Lauren Silverman, Lena Dunham, and Ivanka Trump, for example), former Secretary of State Colin Powell, 76, is denying that he ever had an affair with Romanian diploma Corina Cretu, 47, whom he met about 10 years ago.
Powell’s email got hacked, and there are some extremely personal and friendly exchanges between the two.
Just as Bill and Hillary are struggling with Weiner and Huma, Monica’s back and just where you’d expect to find her — the National Enquirer, of course.
They are publishing an old tape she made for him after their affair ended, begging to see him alone and proposing that she take off her clothes, plus assorted love notes.
In one note she refers to Gingko Biloba as Gingko Blowjoba.
In the last photos I saw of Monica, taken in New York City, she looked like Rosie O’Donnell.
I expect the Prince of Cambridge will have four names, with George, Charles, Philip, and William most likely to be among them.
It’s a boy! He weighs 8 lbs., 6 oz. and will be known as Prince of Cambridge.
He was born at 4:24 P. M. local London time.
Over at Talking Points Memo, Sahil Kapur calls Justice Scalia’s gay marriage dissent “flaming.”
It’s not a total victory, but today’s two Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage are definitely gains for those supporting the right.
In the California Proposition 8 case, the Court ruled 5-4 that those seeking to defend the proposition (which bans gay marriage) lacked the standing to do so. Since they don’t have standing either before the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court, that means the district court decision allowing gay marriage was not reversed. It was a narrow and limited victory, but a victory nonetheless. The state of California would have had standing to defend the proposition voted for by its citizens, but it chose not to.
In the Defense of Marriage Act case, the Court acted more broadly and decisively in striking down the law, holding 5-4 that the federal government must recognize gay marriages from states where such marriages are legal. Besides being a victory for gay marriage, it is also a victory for states’ rights.
Much speculation that Rupert Murdoch’s divorcing of his wife Wendi is because she had an affair with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair is godfather to the Murdochs’ older daughter, Grace.
Tony’s not helping. His spokesman issued a Clintonian denial that they “are” having an affair. Notice lack of “never had” an affair.
Is this the affair that so shocked David Cameron and was supposed to be a threat to his governing agenda? I don’t see why it would affect Cameron’s government.
Update — Blair’s spokesman is now saying there was never an affair.
Rupert Murdoch, 82, is divorcing his third wife Wendi, who is 44, after 14 years of marriage and two daughters.
I always thought that they were two people who really deserved each other. He had the gold, and she had the digging equipment.
Perhaps he wants a wife who is young enough to be his great-grandaughter.
Jonah Lehrer, from his book proposal, A Book About Love:
“Careers fall apart; homes fall down; we give away what we don’t want and sell what we can’t afford. And yet, if we are lucky, such losses reveal what remains. When we are stripped of what we wanted, we see what we will always need: those people who love us, even after the fall.”
In 2012, Lehrer lost his job at The New Yorker for fabricating quotes and plagiarizing (from himself!) and had his book Imagine: How Creativity Works recalled by the publisher. It was a stunning plunge for someone who had enormous success as a young man.