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FILE - In this June 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Gen. David Petraeus, announces that Petraeus would replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Updated: December 29, 2012 6:28AM



The Petraeus file . . .

Don’t bet on former CIA director David Petraeus fading away in the tradition of an old soldier.

◆ Fact: Sneed hears that President Barack Obama has no intention of losing the leadership goldmine he has in former Gen. Petraeus — who remains in the process of healing the rift in his marriage caused by the public disclosure of an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

◆ Translation: Don’t be shocked if Petraeus winds up back in Obama’s Cabinet. Washington wags are already whispering he may be in line to replace soon-to-be outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta — who is eager to return to private life to spend more time with his own family.

The “Mo” show . . .

Update on the status of top Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod’s mustache.

Word is the hair handle is practically out of the follicle.

◆ Ready the razor: Axelrod, who bet “Morning Joe” Scarborough he would shave off the 40-year-old brush if it would raise $1 million for epilepsy research, tells Sneed: “Checks aren’t in but I think we’re at $850,000-plus.

Snail email . . .

Clintonantics: Former President Bill Clinto n, who is up to snuff on the world stage, admitted at the Wired for Change conference Monday that he sent only two emails during his eight-year tenure (1993-2001) in the Oval Office: One to troops overseas and one to astronaut John Glenn.

◆ Female email: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once confided to Sneed when she was first lady that she learned to use the Internet so she could email daughter, Chelsea, who was in school overseas.

How times change, huh?

It’s a tragedy . . .

Relief, then grief: State Trooper Kyle Deatherage, 32, of Downstate St. Jacob, who had just returned from helping New Jersey’s victims of Hurricane Sandy, was killed in the line of duty Monday — when he was struck by a truck during a routine traffic stop in Litchfield.

◆ “It’s a heartbreaker,” said State Police Director Hiram Grau. “He leaves behind a grieving wife, a 4-year-old and a 10-month-old baby. The Christmas tree was up, but no father to be there for them.”

It’s a tragedy II . . .

Moved to tears: Chicago top cop Garry McCarthy and his first deputy Al Wysinger — two tough palookas — were pretty choked up when slain Police Officer Clifton Lewis’ star, No. 4103, was retired at police headquarters Monday.

The Jackson file . . .

Sneed’s bet: Ex-Northwestern football star Napoleon Harris, who just won a seat in the state Senate, will be the leading contender in a crowded field to win the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

◆ Why? A successful businessman, he’s got the bucks and backing to do it. Dem committeemen would appoint his replacement in the state Senate’s 15th district.

I spy . . .

◆ Tis the season to be jolly: Actor Michael “Beetlejuice” Keaton, in town to spend Thanksgiving with his family, was spotted dining at RL last week . . . Ditto actress/Chicago native Nadine “The League” Velazquez . . . Actor John Cusack, who also hails from here, was spotted at Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Sunday night with a group of friends . . . Ditto Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Friday night with fiancee, Kristin Cavallari, Bears mate Josh McCown and wife, Natalie . . . Chicago Bears left tackle J’Marcus Webb geared up for his Sunday game at HUB 51 . . . Meanwhile, teammate Brian Urlacher dined at Joe’s Stone Crab en famille Saturday . . . Ditto Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and cornerback A.J. Jefferson . . . And actor Sean “Will & Grace” Hayes was spotted at The Portage on Sunday.

◆ Big star, small-town holiday . . . Actor Alec Baldwin, in town visiting relatives in Geneva for Thanksgiving, stayed at The Herrington Inn & Spa.

Sneedlings . . .

The South Side community has come together to collect donations and raise funds for the 70 people displaced in a fire in Morgan Park last week. To make a donation or find out how to help, contact (773) 238-8766 . . . Wednesday’s birthdays:Randy Newman, 69; Judd Nelson, 53, and Ed Harris, 62.



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