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Edwards’ wife, upset over affair, stripped down in front of staff members

An emotionally distraught Elizabeth Edwards, upset over her husband’s increasingly public affair, stripped off her blouse and bra in front of staffers of the former North Carolina Senator and screamed at him that “you don’t see me anymore,” a former aide testified The explosive testimony, while sensational, did not provide any evidence that John Edwards illegally used contributions to his failed Presidential campaign to hide and pay off his pregnant mistress. Former campaign adviser Christina Reynolds, testifying at the trial in Greensboro, NC, said Edwards’ wife, who was fighting cancer, stripped down at an airport in front of other campaign
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Gingrich joins the ranks of other GOP Presidential has-beens

Failed Presidential contender Newt Gingrich, reluctantly and defiantly accepting reality, formally dropped out the Republican White House sweepstakes Wednesday, offering no reasons for his long delay in recognizing the inevitable while offering a weak endorsement of presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. “This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan,” the former Speaker of the House said in a press conference in Virginia. “This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist President in history.” In the end, Gingrich’s political hyperbole was as bombastic as ever as he ended a campaign mired in debt along with
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Former Secret Service agents say ‘mall cops look more professional’ than those now guarding the President

Some concerned former Secret Service agents, fearing the agency they once proudly served has become a “frat boy hangout that makes mall cops look more professional,” blame transfer of the service to the Department of Homeland Security for the recent prostitution scandal that has tarnished the image of those who protect the President of the United States. Capitol Hill Blue interviewed more than a dozen former agents and found widespread concern over the Secret Service’s fall from grace. All – without exception – agreed to talk only under the condition that their names be withheld because of fears of reprisal
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Santorum, Gingrich put price tags on their endorsements

Former GOP Presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are offering endorsements of presumptive nominee Mitt Romney but the nods will come at a price. Santorum wants a GOP convention platform riddled with right-wing dogma.  Gingrich’s price is more basic:  He wants Romney to help pay off the former Speaker of the House‘s massive campaign debts. While both are expected to eventually endorse Romney both have made it clear that the endorsement is for sale and the price will be high. Saying nice things about Romney is a bitter pill for Santorum and Gingrich.  Neither like the man slated to
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Secret Service clamps down on leaks, information about scandal

The Secret Service is cracking down on leaks and going underground in the wake of a prostitution scandal that has sent earthquake-sized ripples through the agency and tarnished the reputation of the men and women assigned to protect the President of the United States. “Sorry, I’ve been ordered to say nothing, do nothing and keep my mouth shut,” said a former agent who provided information to Capitol Hill Blue as recently as last week.  “I have a pension and I intent to protect it.” Agents — both current and former — are shutting down Facebook accounts.  They no longer respond
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Obama, Romney sharpen political attack lines

After months of casting Republican Mitt Romney as someone who often changes positions for political convenience, President Barack Obama’s campaign is calling Romney a far-right conservative – a contradictory set of messages that essentially invites voters to decide what they don’t like about Romney. And Romney, who has built his campaign around declaring Obama a failure – particularly on the economy – began sounding a more positive note this week, offering hints about his vision for governing if he defeats the Democratic president in the November 6 election. The subtle changes in tactics by both candidates in recent days are
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Four years later, Clintons & Obama are political soul-mates

There were no bear hugs on display, but President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton looked relaxed and friendly as they began a summer fundraising blitz that demonstrates their shared hopes for Democratic victory despite past differences. Although Clinton had dismissed Obama in 2008 as undeserving of the presidency his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton was then seeking, on Sunday evening Clinton warmly declared “Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected president of the United States.” Obama is “beating the clock” to restore the nation’s economy to health, Clinton told about 500 cheering supporters who had paid as little at $1,000
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Hobbled al-Qaida wants payback for death of bin Laden

A year after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving for the moment to carry out another Sept. 11-style attack on U.S. soil. But the terrorist network dreams still of payback, and U.S. counterterrorist officials warn that, in time, its offshoots may deliver. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that has cost the U.S. about $1.28 trillion and 6,300 U.S. troops* lives has forced al-Qaida’s affiliates to regroup, from Yemen to Iraq. Bin Laden’s No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, is thought to be hiding, out of U.S. reach, in Pakistan’s
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Can Mitt Romney morph into a ‘regular guy?’

Mitt Romney’s Etch A Sketch moment is at hand. Now that he’s the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the “red-meat” issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more events highlighting his appeal as a regular guy. The transformation played out Friday when he emerged publicly for the first time in days at a central Ohio university carrying a hamburger and fries in a Styrofoam container. In a small room that featured more television cameras than students, Romney chatted about economic issues facing young people as he picked through his greasy lunch. Romney’s appearance at Otterbein
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President turns into the joker for correspondents dinner

This year’s primaries, the 2008 primaries, the General Services Administration scandal, even the Secret Service and Donald Trump were targets for President Barack Obama’s scattershot humor at Saturday night’s celebrity studded White House Correspondents Dinner. Even the entrance to his speech was part of his schtick. The president walked off stage just before he took the podium with an alleged “hot mic,” making fun of getting caught last month on an open microphone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. “What am I doing here,” he asks off stage. “I’m opening for Jimmy Kimmel and telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian.” Once
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