Headlines Go 'All In': Petraeus Now Known for Different Surge

Sex, secrecy, and spying made for saucy headlines on the resignation of the CIA director.

In this April 8, 2008 photo, Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Sex scandals tend to bring out the best in the nation's headline-writers, and the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has proved to be particularly good material.

Petraeus resigned Friday when he admitted to an extramarital affair with a woman who was later revealed to be Paula Broadwell, the author of the recently released biography All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.

The story was front page news starting Saturday morning, and some publications continue to lead with it now three days later. Here's a collection of some of the best headlines on the affair:

Most agree that the New York Post, the masters of the catchy headline, won the Saturday morning tabloid contest.

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Its crosstown rival, the New York Daily News, also went with a secretive theme.

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The Tampa Bay Times played off the biography angle Monday.

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The Daily Caller used some racy wordplay in its coverage.

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A Washington Post article on the scandal used Broadwell's own words for its headline.

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The Drudge Report also let Broadwell do the talking.

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The NY Post stuck with the story Sunday too.

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And both the Post and the Daily News brought up another woman thought to be involved with Petraeus.

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Michael Hastings, the reporter whose article led to the resignation of another general, went after Petraeus as well.

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The National Enquirer got in on the action as well.

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Forbes focused on Petraeus' allegedly salacious emails.

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Foreign Policy went with a James Bond line.

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News blog Gawker juxtaposed Broadwell's writing with the news.

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Seth Cline is a reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at scline@usnews.com.