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  It's sweeps month in local TV news, so when WGNO-TV's News With a Twist decided to get insight on former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus' sex scandal, naturally the show sought the counsel of onetime Bill Clinton paramour and New Orleans nightclub chanteuse Gennifer Flowers. But the conversation circled back to Clinton — as conversations with Flowers always seem to do.

  Sitting at the news set's bar with anchor Susan Roesgen, Flowers claimed Clinton wanted to come over to her house five years ago during a visit to New Orleans ("I'll put on a hoodie and jog up there"), but she turned him down. Flowers also said she did Clinton a favor by going public with their affair during the 1992 presidential campaign.

  "I made him a household name overnight," she told Roesgen. "He said, 'My problem right now is that no one knows who I am. I need that name recognition.' ... When my story came out, he was a household name." — KEVIN ALLMAN

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