1. “I mean, every day there is something new.” And every new thing is stranger than the last. As we enter Day 6 of the Petraeus scandal, here are seven of the oddest twists and subplots — so far:

    1. The Broadwells romanced as we learned of Paula’s infidelity — “The most amazing detail about the Petraeus affair, which continues to serve up bizarre amazing details by the hour,” says Hannah Rosin at Slate, is that as the world was learning of Broadwell’s affair with Petraeus, she was having a romantic birthday dinner with husband Scott at Virginia’s Inn at Little Washington, a veritable “factory of ‘romantic.’” Assuming Mr. and Mrs. Broadwell didn’t have their smartphones on during dinner, “it’s possible, and maybe probable… that her husband found out along with the rest of the world.” What we do know, says Carol Ross Joynt at the Washingtonian, is that the couple were in “good” and “upbeat” moods on Thursday night and Friday, and suddenly “not in very good moods” late Friday. By the time they checked out, earlier than expected on Saturday morning, Scott was described as “not talkative.” The plan was to head to Washington for Paula’s 40th birthday party, which was abruptly canceled. “A source close to the intelligence community said General Petraeus was scheduled to attend that party.”
       
    2. The Broadwells live near John Edwards’ mistress — Lots of people have been to the Broadwells’ house, in the upscale Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., since the scandal broke: Reporters, the FBI, gawkers. Everyone, it seems, but the Broadwells. But Paula Broadwell isn’t the only notorious “other woman” in Dilworth — just 1.6 miles away lives Rielle Hunter, the “all-too-public mistress” of former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), says Diane Dimond at The Daily Beast. Seriously, “what are the odds that the mistresses of two of America’s most disgraced civil servants live in the same state, in the same city, and even in the same neighborhood?” 
       
    3. A rogue FBI agent and his shirtless photos — We probably wouldn’t know anything about Petraeus and Broadwell’s affair if it weren’t for a Tampa FBI agent “obsessed” with the case — and probably the woman who got the ball rolling, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. The unidentified agent was friends with Kelley — he had once sent her shirtless pictures of himself — and at her request, set the FBI looking at harassing, anonymous emails from a sender who turned out to be Broadwell. The agent had no formal role in the case, but continued to “nose around” until his superiors “told him to stay the hell away from it,” an official tells The New York Times. When he thought the FBI was sitting on the affair to help President Obama politically, he tried to leak the story to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “So basically this entire scandal, both at the outset and in the denouement, was driven by Freakshow FBI Agent X who both wanted to bed the victim of the alleged harassment” and take down Obama, says Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo. “Please let us meet this awesome example of American law enforcement.”

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    Truth so much stranger than fiction…
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