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  • Kevin Garn, Sheldon Killpack resignations part of bigger ethics picture

    03/14/2010 9:22:02 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies · 438+ views
    Deseret News ^ | March 13, 2010 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — The resignation Saturday of former House Majority Leader Kevin Garn, a Republican from Layton, over a nude hot-tubbing incident with a teenage girl 25 years ago is fueling the already heated debate over legislative ethics — especially since it follows the resignation of another high-profile GOP legislative leader from Davis County, former Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack of Syracuse. Shortly before the start of the 2010 legislative session, Killpack stepped down after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. "There's no question, it's a black eye," Senate Majority Leader Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, said Saturday. "These...
  • GOP leader's skinny-dip confession stuns Utah

    03/12/2010 1:44:56 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 1,156+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 12 | BROCK VERGAKIS
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A late-night confession by Utah's House majority leader about sitting nude in a hot tub with a minor 25 years ago has shocked this conservative state's political establishment but has not prompted calls from party leaders for him to resign. Rep. Kevin Garn, 55, acknowledged the indiscretion late Thursday immediately after the Legislature adjourned for the session. He said he paid the woman, Cheryl Maher, now 40, $150,000 to keep quiet about the episode when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2002.
  • NY Dem Resigns Over Gay Sex Scandal

    03/06/2010 1:52:38 PM PST · by DesertRenegade · 46 replies · 1,777+ views
    The Right Perspective ^ | March 6, 2010 | NewsGuy
    New York Democrat Congressman Eric Massa has resigned from his office, admitting he made sexual overtures to a male staff member. “I am guilty,” Massa said when asked by a Corning, New York, newspaper columnist. Later that day, Massa released a statement that he had a recurrence of cancer and would be resigning from his office. He also acknowledged an ethics complaint was filed against him by the male staffer, who felt “uncomfortable” during an exchange with Massa. “During long car rides, in the early hours of the evening, late at night and always in private, I know that my...
  • DC journalist may have split from wife, dated Sen and cried to keep story out of paper

    03/06/2010 2:37:23 AM PST · by Liz · 58 replies · 2,084+ views
    NY POST ^ | 3/5/10 | PAGE SIX
    BUZZ---CNBC correspondent, and NYT political writer, John Harwood, split with spouse, dated Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash).....sources say Harwood sobbed to a reporter until he agreed to kill the story.
  • Scandals Upend New York Politics

    03/05/2010 6:29:48 PM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 5 replies · 379+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 3/5/10 | AP
    The Empire State has a lot to recommend it -- Broadway shows, Niagara Falls, and baseball's World Series champions, the New York Yankees. But politics? As the locals would say, Fuhgeddaboudit. Colorful, ethnic, tribal, the New York political scene is much like the Big Apple itself, a bit rough around the edges. But the political upheaval taking place in the state now has shocked even hardened New Yorkers and given disillusioned voters across the nation more reason to lose faith in their leaders. Just in the past week: -- Democratic Gov. David Paterson dropped his re-election bid because of evidence...
  • Vatican hit by gay sex scandal

    03/05/2010 9:49:59 AM PST · by Cardhu · 128 replies · 2,838+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 4th 2010 | John Hooper in Romei
    Vatican chorister sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for papal gentleman-in-waiting. The Vatican was today rocked by a sex scandal reaching into Pope Benedict's household after a chorister was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, was caught by police on a wiretap allegedly negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Vatican chorister, over the specific physical details of men he wanted brought to him. Transcripts in the possession of the Guardian suggest that numerous men may have been procured for Balducci, at least one of whom was studying for...
  • NY state police chief abruptly retires in scandal

    03/02/2010 7:59:40 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies · 343+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 2, 2010 | MICHAEL GORMLEY and VALERIE BAUMAN
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An unfolding scandal threatening Gov. David Paterson and his administration claimed its second public safety official Tuesday when the head of the New York State Police said he was retiring, partly because of intense media scrutiny. And late Tuesday night, The New York Times reported that Paterson told a state employee in February to contact a woman at the heart of the scandal who had accused a Paterson aide of domestic violence to "make this go away." Soon after, the woman dropped her case against the aide.
  • Barack Obama offers shamed golfer Tiger Woods encouragement in personal phone call of support

    02/28/2010 5:38:12 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 49 replies · 1,018+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:49 PM on 28th February 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    Tiger Woods received a phone call from Barack Obama offering him support as he tries to rebuild his life, it is claimed. Mr Obama, himself a keen golfer, is said to have contacted the 34-year-old Woods following his astonishing TV public apology for 'irresponsible and selfish' behaviour last month. Ex-president Bill Clinton, himself no stranger to humiliating and public exposure over his extramarital affairs, is also thought to have called to offer his support.
  • Obama, Clinton offered support to Tiger Woods: Report

    02/27/2010 1:20:07 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies · 787+ views
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com ^ | Feb 27, 2010 | timesofindia
    US President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party predecessor Bill Clinton offered words of encouragement to troubled golfer Tiger Woods after news broke about his sexual dalliances, the Golf Digest has reported. "President Obama made a personal call to offer encouragement. So did Bill Clinton, whose experience might be particularly instructive," the magazine reported.
  • Scandal Leads to Desiree Rogers' Resignation

    02/26/2010 1:38:11 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies · 1,128+ views
    observer.com ^ | February 26, 2010 | Reid Pillifant
    This ought to make Republicans, particularly New York Congressman Pete King, happy. Mr. King, who's the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, has been trying for months to call Ms. Rogers before the committee, but the White House hasn't made her available, and naturally, Democrats have been reluctant to issue her a subpoena. Mr. King even sent her a letter with 15 questions. "I take this very seriously," he told Good Morning America. Why all the seriousness about a White House party? "[The Gatecrashers] could have been terrorists, they could have been psychopaths, they could have attacked the president,...
  • The Quiet Dignity of Rielle Hunter

    02/24/2010 6:53:47 PM PST · by yorkie · 34 replies · 1,404+ views
    Newsweek ^ | February 22, 2010 | Jonathan Darman
    John Edwards, as described by former aide Andrew Young in Young's book The Politician: "Since she was 'a crazy slut' and they had an 'open' relationship, he thought there was only a 'one-in-three chance' that he could be the father of her baby." Elizabeth Edwards, wife of John Edwards, in her book Resilience: "I have come to understand his liaison with this woman … Those with any fame or notoriety or power attract people for good reasons and bad … They flatter and entreat, and it is engaging, even addictive. They look at our lives, which from the outside in...
  • Married CNN legal eagle Jeffrey Toobin in baby mama drama

    with daughter of CBS News' Jeff Greenfield
  • HOLD EVERYTHING! The New York Times Hammers Governor Paterson, Portraying Him As A Lazy...

    02/18/2010 8:11:33 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 604+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-18-2010 | Henry Blodget
    HOLD EVERYTHING! The New York Times Hammers Governor Paterson, Portraying Him As A Lazy, Out-Of-Touch, Party Boy Henry Blodget Feb. 18, 2010, 10:23 PM Two weeks ago, rumors swirled that the New York Times was working on a "bombshell" story about New York Governor David Paterson. One source told us the story was so devastating that it might lead to the Governor's resignation. For a week, as the media screamed, the New York Times remained silent, publishing nothing. Then, finally, a few days ago, the paper published a mildly interesting but largely irrelevant account of how one of Governor Paterson's...
  • John Edwards Scandal: Andrew Young Offered 'Gigantic' Sum for Sex Tape [Vince Foster Reference]

    02/02/2010 6:40:36 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 40 replies · 1,938+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2/1/2010 | SARAH NETTER
    John Edwards Scandal: Andrew Young Offered 'Gigantic' Sum for Sex Tape Andrew Young Tells 'GMA' He Feared for His Life and Thought of Vince FosterBy SARAH NETTERFeb. 1, 2010— The former John Edwards aide who claims to have a sex tape of the one-time presidential candidate and his pregnant mistress said he'd been offered a "gigantic" amount of money to sell it. Young also told "Good Morning America" today that after he broke with Edwards, tensions over the cover-up got so heated that he feared for his family's safety. "For several months, I used to get up at 3 a.m....
  • Gov. Paterson's astounding press conference only deepens the hole he is trying to climb out of

    02/10/2010 4:42:12 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies · 1,090+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 2-10-10 | Joanna Malloy
    Most governors facing unsubstantiated rumors and unspoken innuendo would either say nothing or issue a forceful denial and move on. Not in Albany. Not our accidental governor, David Paterson, bless his heart. If Paterson wanted to tamp down the buzz surrounding him, his truly astounding press conference on Tuesday only added to the din. Obviously upset with unsubstantiated rumors - some in print and others in the blogosphere - that he'd had extramarital affairs since taking office, Paterson went into high-drama mode. There he was, on live television, ostensibly to talk about the looming snowstorm, going on and on about...
  • Why the Media Ignored a Scandal

    02/09/2010 4:02:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,206+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2010 | Byron York
    Two weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses, the National Enquirer published a detailed story reporting that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had had an affair, and that the woman involved -- campaign videographer Rielle Hunter -- was pregnant, and that Edwards had arranged for an aide to falsely claim to be the father, and that Hunter and the aide and the aide's family were being taken care of financially by a wealthy Edwards supporter. It was, to say the least, explosive. At the time, Edwards was a serious contender in the Democratic presidential race, so when the story was published,...
  • So many 'gates'

    02/08/2010 3:41:42 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies · 377+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 8, 2010 | Editorial
    These are chilly times for global warming. Climategate unmasked the international conspiracy to suppress climate data that undermines the bogus theory of man-made warming. Glaciergate exposed the junk science that went into the 2007 report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. More recently, scientist discovered the IPCC report contained gross errors about the depletion of tropical rain forests, giving rise to Amazongate. Even Britain's chief science adviser, John Beddington, spoke the other day of the "substantial uncertainties" inherent in "large-scale climate modeling," and of how warmists resort to exaggeration — he omitted prevarications — to paper over yawning...
  • Officers to Retrieve John Edwards Sex Tape

    02/08/2010 10:56:37 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 78 replies · 1,580+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 2/8/10 | AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina judge wants security officers to accompany a former John Edwards aide as he goes to retrieve a sex tape of his former boss. Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones said in an order released Monday that the Orange County sheriff has appointed a security firm to help recover the video and other items. Former Edwards loyalist Andrew Young has said he has the original tape and copies stored in an Atlanta safety deposit box. Jones wants the security officer to accompany Young into the vault. Jones has declared Young was in contempt for not...
  • Edwards Aide: I Gave FBI Copy of Sex Tape

    02/05/2010 5:13:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies · 1,252+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 5, 2010
    (AP) A former aide to John Edwards says in court documents that a copy of a sex tape featuring his former boss has been sent to the FBI. Andrew Young said Friday he has the original copy of the tape showing Edwards in a sexual encounter in a safe deposit box in Atlanta. He said a copy of the tape was sent to his Washington attorney, who turned it over to federal investigators. Young has said the tape shows Edwards and a woman he believes to be the two-time presidential candidate's mistress, Rielle Hunter. Federal investigators have been looking into...
  • "Bombshell" to Explode Governor Paterson?

    02/05/2010 3:41:45 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 38 replies · 1,852+ views
    Gothamist ^ | 02/05/10 | John Del Signore
    The rumor mill is churning right now about a "big, damaging" New York Times "bombshell" story that supposedly features some ruinous dirt about the personal life of Governor David Paterson. Elizabeth Benjamin at the Daily News hears it "will be far worse than his acknowledged extramarital affair with a former state employee."