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Eric Cantor to Leave House Majority Leader Post in Late July

Newly defeated Rep. Eric Cantor will hang up his hat as House majority leader July 31, a GOP source in Congress confirmed Wednesday.

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Germany’s ‘Bling Bishop’

Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Germany’s controversial bishop of Limburg, who had come under fire for his luxury lifestyle.

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Richard Nixon at 100: The Man Who Matters

Richard Nixon, who would have turned 100 on Wednesday, endures as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War II. His style, achievements and failures persist nearly two decades after his death.

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General David Petraeus on How Best to Live

Days before David Petraeus resigned from his post as director of the CIA for having an extramarital affair, The Daily Beast’s Newsreek Newsweek column published the general’s “Rules for Living” as documented by his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell.

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GOP Congressman Quits, Romney VP Guessing Game and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Herman Cain’s alleged former mistress speaking out and Rep. Joe Walsh facing off with a CNN anchor over his disparaging remarks about military veteran Tammy Duckworth.

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AP / Mark Lennihan

Goldman Sachs Exec Exits With a Bang

We’re guessing that outgoing Goldman Sachs executive director Greg Smith’s last day on the job Wednesday was pretty awkward, given what he had to say about his employer in a scorching Op-Ed article printed in The New York Times for the occasion.

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Junior Murdoch Splits for the Big Apple

Londoners will get the chance to say bon voyage to James Murdoch as he flees his embattled role as chairman of the crisis-ridden News International to oversee News Corp.’s television operations from a Manhattan office.

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Catholic Bishop Resigns Over Secret Family

It certainly is difficult to uphold a vow of celibacy when confronted by the contradictory evidence embodied in two teenage children, and this is the reason why a Los Angeles-area bishop, Gabino Zavala, recently resigned from his vaunted position within the Catholic Church. 

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Yemen’s President Signs Off

After enduring a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get him to sign his power away, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally put pen to paper Wednesday, effectively ending his 33-year tenure after months of unrest and bloodshed in his home country. In exchange, he’ll reportedly be granted ... (more)

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Nixon’s Watergate Testimony Finally Goes Public

After nearly 35 years, the American public finally gets to hear Richard Nixon’s claims about some of his administration’s shadier practices, Watergate figuring most notoriously among them, after the National Archives’ release Thursday of transcripts of his grand jury testimony. ... (more)

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ACLU Cites Abuses, Demands L.A. County Sheriff Step Down

The ACLU has demanded the resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after the civil rights organization issued a report that he had willfully ignored a growing culture of violence and abuse by jail deputies against inmates. (more)

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Scotland Yard Chief Quits, Ex-Editor Arrested in Hacking Case

Sir Paul Stephenson, head of London’s Metropolitan Police Service—commonly known as Scotland Yard—resigned Sunday just hours after police arrested former editor Rebekah Brooks in the Murdoch hacking scandal.

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Japanese Reconstruction Minister Creates PR Disaster, Quits

After spring’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s administration created the position of minister for reconstruction and looked to appointee Ryu Matsumoto to help the recovery effort on several levels. That didn’t turn out so well.

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Hustler Publisher Offers Weiner a Job

Anthony Weiner was forced to the bench in the congressional arena earlier this week, but he appears to have a more lucrative and less prudish opportunity to get back in the fight, this time for pornography mogul, free speech advocate and hammerer of sexual hypocrites Larry Flynt. (more)

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Japan, Libya, NPR

This week’s discussion on “Left, Right & Center” begins with some thoughts on the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan before turning to the still-critical situation in Libya, Obama’s strategy for dealing with soaring gas prices, and yet another scandal at NPR.

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Tunisia’s Interim PM Resigns Amid Protests

Following huge protests Friday and Saturday that left at least three people dead, the Tunisian interim prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, has announced he will resign his position.

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AP / Salah Habibi

Angry Crowds Keep Tunisia on Edge

Protests continued into the weekend in Tunisia as huge crowds turned out in Tunis to demand the resignation of the country’s interim prime minister, an ally of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

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AP / Elio Desiderio

Italy Declares Emergency Over Migrants

A humanitarian emergency has been declared in Italy after boatloads of migrants from revolution-racked Tunisia began arriving on a tiny Italian isle in the Mediterranean.

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Cairo Reacts to Mubarak’s Exit

This is the reward for the long and treacherous standoff between Egyptian protesters and now-former-President Mubarak’s forces. CNN’s cameras caught the celebration in the streets in the moments following Friday’s big announcement.

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AP / Egypt TV

Mubarak Resigns

After 18 long days of protests and unrest, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has finally capitulated to the demands of massive anti-government crowds, stepping down late Friday. Making the announcement was Vice President Omar Suleiman, pictured.

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Pope Benedict
AP / Gerald Herbert

Pope Doesn’t Let Irish Bishops Resign

Two Catholic bishops in Ireland attempted to resign late last year in the midst of a scandal about widespread sexual abuse occurring in their Dublin diocese, but Pope Benedict XVI wasn’t having it.

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White House / Pete Souza

White House Apologizes for Firing ‘Injustice’

After it became painfully obvious that the White House had been played by conservatives, press secretary Robert Gibbs apologized to Shirley Sherrod on behalf of the administration. Sherrod was forced to resign because of a video edited by conservative bloggers to distort her remarks on race.

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AP / Charles Dharapak

The Supreme Court’s Cross to Bear

When John Paul Stevens leaves the Supreme Court bench this summer we will have lost a legal giant as well as a voice of reason and respect for democracy.

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foxnews.com

Eric Massa’s ‘Glenn Beck’ Moment Bears Strange Fruit

If former Rep. Eric Massa hoped he’d get a post-resignation PR boost from his guest spot on Glenn Beck’s Fox News show Tuesday, he made some bad choices in his quest for support. Those included his selection of venue and his whimsical approach to clearing up the sexual harassment issue that played a key part in his strange, memorable exit from office.

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U.N. Climate Change Head Resigns

Yvo de Boer, the head of the United Nations’ climate change body, has unexpectedly resigned after four years—and after the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks in December—in a move that could significantly set back global negotiations on climate change and emissions.

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Alabama Congressman’s Party Switch Sparks Office Exodus

Looks as if Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith may be traveling a little lighter than he planned as he makes the transition from the left to the right of the political aisle. On Monday, Griffith’s chief of staff, along with 10 other staff members, decamped from his office, wishing him well but declining to join him in his switch to the GOP.

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Van Jones
earthfirst.com

Obama’s Green Jobs Adviser Gives In to the Smears

It looks as if the insanely organized smear campaign against Van Jones has finally worked. Jones, President Obama’s special adviser for green jobs, resigned Saturday after being viciously attacked for his past civil rights activism and for signing a petition that questioned U.S. involvement in 9/11.

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Palin Under Fire From GOP Ranks

Sarah Palin’s popularity within the Republican Party seems to have taken a hit since her startling resignation announcement on July 3, which may point to deeper rifts within the GOP, or may indicate that a presidential run may not be a wise choice this time around.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Rove, Huckabee and Parnell Ponder Palin’s Future

Three prominent members of Sarah Palin’s Republican cohort—Karl Rove, Mike Huckabee and her successor, Alaska’s Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell—weighed in on this week’s “Fox News Sunday” to give their takes on the outgoing governor’s possible reasons for quitting and wonder whether she hurt or helped her chances to stay in the political spotlight.

Posted on Jul 5, 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


Georgian protesters
AP photo / Shakh Aivazov

Protesters Push for Georgian President to Step Down

During last summer’s war, Mikhail Saakashvili was beseeching the international community to help his country fend off “Russian aggression,” but now the biggest problem of the Georgian president is rising from within his nation’s own borders.

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Erik Prince
eyeball-series.org

Blackwater CEO Steps Down

Saying that he’s “taking on new challenges,” Blackwater Worldwide founder and CEO Erik Prince announced Monday that he’s resigning from his long-held position at the top of the security company, which has now changed its name to the spooky and sci-fi-tinged Xe.

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Allen Barra on ‘Frost/Nixon’

Frank Langella as Nixon in the new Ron Howard movie does his best, but no one did Nixon like Nixon.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008 READ MORE


Christopher Buckley on 'Hardball'

Christopher Buckley: ‘So Much for the Conservative Revolution’

“I wrote a posting—I guess they’re called,” says neophyte blogger and newly discharged National Review columnist Christopher Buckley, describing the first step in a process that began with his confession that he was breaking with the GOP to vote for Barack Obama and ended with his resignation from the conservative magazine his father founded.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE


Avigdor Lieberman
nytimes.com

Israeli Right Sees Opening in Political Chaos

As if the situation in the Middle East couldn’t get any worse, this week’s news that scandal-plagued Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will resign has been seized upon by right-wing Israeli politicians, who believe the parliamentary chaos caused by Olmert’s departure will open the door for a return to hard-line, ultranationalist government.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


Doan Resigns
vassar.edu

The Gravy Train Stops Here

It’s the end of an era for the friends of General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan, who resigned from her post Tuesday following years of allegations of corruption and other inappropriate uses of power. Doan’s reign over the government’s chief contracting agency was riddled with contract handouts and examples of using her appointed position for political (read Republican) purposes.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


Spitzer resigns
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Spitzer Steps Down

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as expected, announced his resignation Wednesday morning, making a brief but graceful exit with his wife, Silda, at his side. Spitzer didn’t say what his specific plans would be after his successor, Lt. Gov. David Paterson, takes office on March 17, but he pledged that he “will try once again outside of politics to serve the common good.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


Wall St. traders watch Spitzer confession
AP photo / Richard Drew

Spitzer’s Shame Is Wall Street’s Gain

Tell me again: Why should we get all worked up over the revelation that the New York governor paid for sex? Will it bring back to life the eight U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq that same day in a war that makes no sense and has cost this nation trillions in future debt?

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


Top Commander for Mideast Resigns

Adm. William Fallon, head of the U.S. Central Command, resigned on Tuesday, explaining that his reputation as an obstacle to President Bush’s military designs had become too much of a distraction. Fallon was often reported to be a thorn in the side of the president and his other military advisers, a role both the admiral and administration officials strongly deny.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


Ferraro
youtube.com

Defiant Ferraro Defends Her Obama Comment

As Barack Obama supporters reacted angrily to her claims that the Illinois senator wouldn’t have gotten as far as he has in the ‘08 race if he was white or female, former VP candidate and Clinton fundraiser Geraldine Ferraro said her statements were taken out of context and warned that Obama “shouldn’t antagonize people like me.” Updated

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Impeachment Threat Looms for Spitzer

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer may be stuck between the two worst political options for someone in his position—impeachment and resignation—after a money trail led to Monday’s bombshell report that Spitzer was a client of an exclusive call-girl ring, although he has yet to own up to that specific charge.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Samantha Power
goodmagazine.com

Obama Aide Quits Over Remark About Clinton

A Scottish newspaper played a key role in the resignation of Samantha Power, Harvard professor and unpaid foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama’s campaign. Power stepped down after she commented to The Scotsman that Hillary Clinton was “a monster” who was “stooping to anything” to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE


Castro greets a crowd
AP photo / Javier Galeano

Castro and the Colossus

The Cuban president, who is resigning after five decades in power, has caused his people suffering, but the giant to the north bears even greater responsibility for the island’s plight.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Contenders Eye McCain Seat

Sen. John McCain’s campaign says he has no plans to resign his Senate seat in order to focus on the presidential race, but no amount of patent-pending straight talk is going to keep potential successors from readying themselves to take his place.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


Larry Flynt
AP

Flynt Confirms He’s Investigating Sen. Lott

Sen. Trent Lott’s sudden resignation announcement on Monday sparked speculation, starting on the Web site Big Head DC, that Lott decided to step down in order to avoid an exposé about his personal life by porn baron and political provocateur Larry Flynt, who confirms that an investigation is under way. 

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Larry Craig
washingtonpost.com

Craig Plans to Finish Senate Term

Comedians can now let out that sigh of relief: Disgraced Sen. Larry Craig isn’t going anywhere. While he says he won’t run again, Craig now plans to finish his term in the Senate.

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Why Gonzales Is Resigning

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