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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/30/2011

CIA party’s no posh affair


CIA head David Petraeus is all smiles, but his agency’s holiday party is muted. (Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
First Justice and the FBI. Now even the spooks at Langley are cutting back. Reporters got the bad news Tuesday on CIA Director David Petraeus’s first holiday reception. “I regret to advise that your invitation is not, in fact, lost in the mail,” the e-mail said. “Reflecting the constrained and possibly worsening fiscal climate, this year’s event has been greatly scaled back.”

However, the agency’s public affairs office will be hosting an off-the-record cocktail reception in January. There’ll be hors d’oeuvres—but “because of governmental belt-tightening,” it’s a cash bar for alcohol: “(we promise at prices well below that of a beer on an airplane).”

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