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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)

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On Tuesday, Elizabeth Edwards, who fought a very public battle with her husband John Edwards over his private life even as she fought cancer, died of the disease in North Carolina.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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Once more we prepare to honor our foremothers by celebrating the anniversary of the passage of women's suffrage. Each year, in advance of Aug. 26, our one-woman committee gathers to hand out the Equal Rites Awards to those stalwarts who have done the most in the past year to set back the cause of women.

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When it comes to setting an exact timetable for withdrawing American forces from Iraq, some Democratic candidates are more forthcoming with the details than others. Take John Edwards, for example, who told The New York Times about his ambitious plan to bring nearly all U.S. troops home within 10 months if he is elected president.

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Ann Coulter fielded a call-in by Elizabeth Edwards on MSNBC's "Hardball" Tuesday night as Coulter sat with host Chris Matthews in front of a gaggle of young voters to discuss the '08 campaign. Needless to say, Mrs. Edwards was none too thrilled with Coulter's recent (and past) comments about her husband and family.

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On last week's "Real Time," Bill Maher took on conservative personality Michael Smerconish to defend John and Elizabeth Edwards' right to privacy: "Since they announced this last week, so many people have become experts on what you should do when you get sick, when I don't think it's really anybody's business but theirs."

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