Petraeus Resigns From CIA, Citing Affair

By: Friday November 9, 2012 12:25 pm

We have our first major resignation of the second term Obama Administration. It happens to be very unexpected – because of the individual and the reason. NBC reported Friday that CIA director David Petraeus has resigned from the CIA, citing an extramarital affair. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell said the resignation was submitted in a letter dated [...]

Gingrich Decides the Real Victim is Gingrich

By: Friday January 20, 2012 7:34 am

Newt Gingrich’s symphony of resentment at the media last night for daring to bring up the question of his marital infidelity was utterly predictable. And yet, mostly because of CNN debate moderator John King’s inability to follow up in any way, it was wildly successful at neutralizing the issue, and will propel Gingrich to victory [...]

Conservative “Redemption” Story a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Overmoralizing Philanderers

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 12:16 pm

The story from Evan McMorris-Santoro here, about conservatives turning up their nose and saying “Meh” to the upcoming Marianne Gingrich revelations, even the open marriage stuff, is completely anecdotal. But it fits with a general story about redemption that conservative Christians often tell themselves to allow for a candidate who fails them morally but still [...]

Ensign Report Shows Sexual Harassment, Cluelessness About the Law

By: Friday May 13, 2011 11:03 am

The John Ensign report from the Senate Ethics Committee is really a sad piece of pulp fiction. You have a US Senator in a strong position of power essentially bullying a female subordinate into an affair, refusing to give up on it after being caught several times, finally trying to cover up the evidence of [...]

Ensign Referred to DoJ for Criminal Investigation

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 11:46 am

The Senate Ethics Committee referred the John Ensign corruption case to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation, saying that their findings show that Ensign “violated Senate Rules and federal civil and criminal laws, and engaged in improper conduct reflecting upon the Senate, thus betraying the public trust and bringing discredit to the Senate.” Senate [...]

Ensign Resigned to Avoid Testimony to Senate Ethics Committee

By: Friday April 22, 2011 1:26 pm

John Ensign’s resignation was two-fold: a favor to Rep. Dean Heller, who will probably get his seat and also a leg up in the 2012 Senate race from being the incumbent; and a way to avoid a budding Senate Ethics Committee investigation. The Justice Department and the FEC closed their investigations against Ensign, but the [...]

Wisconsin Dems File Recall Petitions for a Second Senate Republican, Randy Hopper

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 9:46 am

Democratic leaders in Wisconsin will file petitions to recall Randy Hopper, making him the second Republican state Senator to have recall petitions filed against him. Last week, Dan Kapanke’s recall petition was filed. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman, Mike Tate, released this statement: “Randy Hopper, like Dan Kapanke before him, made his choice when [...]

Wisconsin: Randy Hopper’s Fleeting Connection to the Truth

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 6:15 am

Randy Hopper, one of the 8 Republican State Senators likely to face a recall by the summer, has no shortage of problems. Worse, he can’t keep his stories straight. The Senator, who won his 2008 Senate election by only 163 votes, agreed last week to stripping collective bargaining rights from public employees. At the time [...]

Which Republican Gubernatorial Candidates HAVEN’T Challenged Reporters to a Fight?

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 1:18 pm

I think that would be easier to count. Last night, Carl Paladino, the Tea Party favorite who won the Republican nomination for Governor of New York, got into a tangle with longtime New York Post correspondent Fred Dicker. Paladino said to Dicker: “I want to know why you sent your goons after my daughter, Fred. [...]

The Smallness: The Sad Chronicle of Nikki Haley

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 12:24 pm

With the future of an entire region of the country hanging on the unfolding of something called a top kill, I really don’t want to talk about another political affair. I don’t care who politicians and staffers pair off with, who does what to whom and in whom and whether said whom was married or [...]

IN-03: Mark Souder Resigning After Affair With Staffer

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 6:43 am

Mark Souder, an eight-term Republican incumbent, will resign from office today after details about an affair with a staffer have been revealed. Eight-term Rep. Mark Souder will announce his resignation Tuesday after it came to light that he was conducting an affair with a female staffer who worked in his district office, Fox News has [...]

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