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Jean-Marc Ayrault (CC-BY)

French President Dismisses Companion Amid National Struggle Over Social Norms

The French have been shaken by François Hollande’s curt, 18-word termination of his relationship with “the woman of my life.” The whole matter has taken a significant political turn with the unexpected and noisy anti-Hollande street demonstration that followed the president’s statement. This protest was unanticipated and heterogeneous in composition and turned seriously violent.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE


The Petraeus Affair

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Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



CIA

A Bizarro Spy Tale With Missing Pieces

The one familiar aspect of the David Petraeus scandal is that he had an affair. Everything else about this story is weird.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



Marlana Shipley

Deliberations to Begin in Edwards Trial

Jurors in the corruption trial of former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards are expected to begin deliberations on Friday.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Patrick Michael McLeod

Defense Rests in Edwards Trial

Attorneys representing John Edwards ended their case Wednesday without calling several potentially significant witnesses, including the former senator himself.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Cain Tells Top Aides He’s Reassessing Candidacy

So much can change in a few short weeks during campaign season. Just last month, Herman Cain was pulling to the front of the pack of Republican presidential candidates, but now his future prospects have dimmed considerably after yet another salacious headline hit the wires.  (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Cain Fields Another Accusation of Extramarital Sexual Activities

He has dismissed a prior accusation of sexual impropriety as the false claim of a “troubled” woman, but GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain may have a bigger problem on his hands with his latest potential scandal, instigated by one Ginger White, whom Cain’s camp tried to preempt Monday with ... (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / sskennel (CC-BY)

The Rogue: Sarah Palin or Joe McGinniss?

Next week Joe McGinniss, the author and so-called journalist who moved in next door to Sarah Palin and her family more than a year ago, will officially release his book about the former Alaska governor, and already his work has received scathing reviews.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Kathy Willens

More Trouble for John Edwards

He’s already faced blowback on the personal and professional levels, and now former-presidential-hopeful-turned-tabloid-philanderer John Edwards can add legal problems to his woes. On Friday, a federal grand jury indicted him on campaign finance charges.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / alexdecarvalho

John Edwards’ Cover-Up Consequences

Two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will likely be indicted by the Justice Department on charges that he violated campaign finance laws as he tried to conceal an affair with videographer Rielle Hunter, though a plea agreement is possible. (more)

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE


Souder
Wikimedia Commons / United States Government

So Long, Rep. Souder

Another day, another Capitol Hill sex scandal: On Tuesday, Congressman Mark Souder, a pro-life and pro-abstinence Republican from Indiana, announced that he was resigning after admitting he’d had an affair with a female staffer. The woman in question ... (continued)

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


edwards
Flickr / Tony the Misfit

Rielle Hunter Talks About ‘Johnny’ Edwards

He was once counted among the Democratic Party’s lineup of top presidential hopefuls for 2008, but then John Edwards met Rielle Hunter on the campaign trail, and his ensuing relationship with her (not to mention the inexhaustible efforts of the National Enquirer) changed the course of Edwards’ life.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE


Ensign
Wikimedia Commons / United States Senate

E-Mail Trail Leads to Trouble for Sen. Ensign

More legal and political fallout is on the way for Sen. John Ensign as a result of his affair with a former aide’s wife. The New York Times reported Wednesday that new e-mail evidence has emerged suggesting the Nevada senator knew he was trying to help said aide, Douglas Hampton, land lobbying work after Ensign’s relationship with Hampton’s wife, Cynthia, was over.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Et Tu, Dick Cheney?; Woods’ Lament

Tiger Woods performed his celebrity duty on Friday, making a public apology for his extramarital escapades, and, yes, even the “Left, Right & Center” lineup of regular commentators has something to say about it. Also this week: Some conservatives think (gasp!) Dick Cheney ought to run for president, and the richest Americans aren’t feeling the same recessionary burn that the rest of the country is suffering.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


A Victim, After All

Jenny Sanford was my role model, until I read her book. I once wrote that the wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford offered “a new and improved version of the betrayed political spouse—neither enabler nor victim.” I was wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Politician
abcnews.go.com

When Politicians Have Way Too Much in Common With Paris Hilton

You know the drill: It all starts with the seductive glare of the klieg lights and the flashbulbs, followed by the ever-present entourage—stylists, publicists, various hangers-on—and the next thing you know, there’s a sex tape and someone’s career will never be the same ... as a politician, that is.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Edwards in Iowa
AP / Matthew Putney

Is the National Enquirer’s Scoop on Edwards Pulitzer-Worthy?

To answer our own headline question: It remains to be seen whether this year’s Pulitzer Prize committee members think so, but the editors at the National Enquirer apparently believe that their tabloid’s coverage of John Edwards’ extramarital affair has a shot at journalistic glory. They’ve thrown their reports on the former Democratic presidential candidate’s liaison in for official consideration among the submissions for 2009.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

No Impeachment for South Carolina Governor

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s affair with an Argentine may have exacted a personal cost and made him more vulnerable politically, but it looks as if his conduct won’t cost him his job. A panel of his state’s lawmakers have decided his indiscretions don’t merit impeachment.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


Ensign ad

Ad for the Public Option Takes Sen. Ensign to Task

Nevada Sen. John Ensign’s recent infidelity scandal lurks in the background of an ad for the public option running in parts of his home state this week, courtesy of the progressive coalition Health Care for America Now! The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder notes that the coalition has paid $100,000 to run the ad for a week to point out Ensign’s financial entanglements with the health care industry.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


John Edwards
AP / Kathy Willens

The Worst Type of Cad

If widely reported revelations about John Edwards’ childbearing affair are true, then the two-time presidential candidate is simply a bad person with no redeeming social or political value.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

60 S.C. GOP Reps Want Sanford Out

Although he’s been trying to hang tough as South Carolina’s governor ever since this summer’s infidelity drama unfolded, Mark Sanford has some new impediments—60 of them, to be exact—that could keep him from serving out his term.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Madoff affair book
gawker.com

Nobody Wants to Read About Bernie Madoff’s Steamy Affair

Disgraced former Wall Street baron Bernard Madoff might have made millions swindling others for profit during his heyday, but he doesn’t seem to have made much of a literary cottage industry for writers presumably looking to cash in on his downfall. Not even the “I-was-Bernie’s-mistress” angle is tempting book buyers at this point.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Sanford

Sanford Won’t Be ‘Hangin’ Up the Spurs’ Before His Term Ends

The pressure on South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to resign hasn’t let up since his revelation earlier this summer of his extramarital escapades in Argentina, but for his part, Sanford says he’s staying put for the remainder of his term, thank y’all very much.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

S.C. Lieutenant Governor Pushing Sanford to Step Down

Looks like Mark Sanford’s days as governor of South Carolina could well be numbered. Despite his public shows of contrition and creative application of biblical themes to the particulars of his life, Sanford can’t seem to get past his Argentine assignation, as least in the eyes of his detractors—one of whom is the state’s No. 2, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

South Carolina GOP Souring on Sanford

Despite Gov. Mark Sanford’s public mea culpas and hopeful Scriptural references, it seems that several prominent figures from South Carolina’s Republican ranks are putting the heat on him to devote himself fully to his family—and we all know what that political parlance means.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
house.gov

Did Taxpayers Fund Sanford’s Love Jaunts?

U.S. taxpayers twice paid for Mark Sanford’s trips to Argentina, though they occurred before he met his mistress there. Another trip to the land of gauchos was funded by South Carolinians and took place after he met his lover, though before he claims to have, er, danced the tango with her.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Mary Ann Chastain

Governor Admits Argentine Tryst

Turns out Mark Sanford was not hiking in Appalachia, naked or otherwise, during his mysterious seven-day vanishing act. As the governor admitted during the obligatory tearful news conference Wednesday, he spent Father’s Day weekend having an affair with a “dear, dear friend” in Argentina. Family values strike again.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


Edwards
John Edwards 2008

The Phantom Candidate

I never understood John Edwards’ appeal. I therefore do not expect that Elizabeth Edwards’ new book, or the tiresome media blitz accompanying its publication, will bring a sudden change in my thinking.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


The Two John Edwardses

Maybe Slippery John somehow convinced Earnest John that this moment would never come. In fact, it was inevitable—and if Edwards had somehow won the Democratic nomination, the party would be in the midst of a historic meltdown.

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE


Edwards
todbrilliant.com

Edwards Admits Affair, Denies Having Love Child

If John Edwards hoped to keep the lid on his extramarital affair with fledgling filmmaker Rielle Hunter, his alleged recent chase scene at a Beverly Hills hotel, co-starring spies from the National Enquirer, probably didn’t help matters much. The former presidential candidate has finally owned up to the affair, although he still denies that he fathered Hunter’s newborn. Updated

Posted on Aug 8, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton on ET

‘ET’ Hits Clinton with Today’s Toughest Questions

Leave it to “Entertainment Tonight” to really get Hillary Clinton talking about the key issues of the day, like teen star Miley Cyrus’ semi-nudie-pic shame and TV titan Barbara Walters’ stunning affair admission in her new memoir. Thank heavens someone finally dared to go there.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Paterson
AP photo / Mike Groll

N.Y.‘s New Governor Admits to Affair

Before the media barracuda had time to really start swarming, Eliot Spitzer’s successor, Gov. David Paterson, preempted scurrilous investigations into his skeleton closet by tossing a big one out for all to see.  As Paterson told the New York Daily News on Monday, he had a long-standing affair years ago during a rocky period in his marriage.

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Politico video

Giuliani Under the Microscope

In this Politico video news report, a particularly preppy host (all Capitol Hill style, no doubt) delivers the latest about Giuliani’s alleged use of New York taxpayer funds to hook up with his now-wife Judith in the Hamptons—and as it turns out, Rudy apparently hooked Judy up with her own “police driver and city car” before she was officially known as his extramarital side dish.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


Gingrich
AP Photo / Dino Vournas

Gingrich Had Affair During Lewinsky Scandal

Prospective presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has admitted to having an affair while cheerleading the assault on Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Hypocrisy is nothing new to Newt, who extolled family values after serving divorce papers on his wife while she lay dying of cancer. And people are worried about Hillary and Barack’s electability!

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Conservatives Fuming Over Bush’s Foreign Affairs

Ultra right-wingers at places like the American Enterprise Institute say they are furious at Bush over his apparent timidity on crises in Lebanon, North Korea and Iran.
Hey, if things aren’t going the AEI’s way, it’s gotta be good news.

Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


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