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John Edwards trial starts in North Carolina

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards goes on trial Monday on charges he used illegal campaign contributions to cover up an affair with a mistress who became pregnant during his failed bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Edwards is accused of accepting more than $900,000 in campaign funds from two wealthy donors, knowing the exposure of his extramarital affair “would destroy his presidential campaign,” prosecutors said in a trial brief. The candidate at the time was a married father of three, whose late wife, Elizabeth, had breast cancer. Jurors will hear opening statements the federal courthouse in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Nixon White House operative Charles Colson dead at 80

Charles Colson, a Richard Nixon White House operative during the Watergate scandal who had a reputation for ruthlessness before going to jail and starting a prison ministry, died on Saturday at age 80, the ministry said. Colson, who compiled Nixon’s infamous “enemies list” before Watergate brought down the president in 1974, died of complications from a brain hemorrhage after being admitted to a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, on March 31, Prison Fellowship Ministries said in a statement on its website. He had undergone surgery to remove clotting on his brain, but his condition deteriorated earlier this week. “It is with
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Ousted agent bragged about ‘checking out’ Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin says the joke’s on the ousted Secret Service supervisor who wrote on Facebook that he was “checking her out” while protecting the former Republican vice presidential candidate during the 2008 campaign. “Well, check this out, buddy — you’re fired!” Palin said Thursday in a Fox News interview. David Chaney, one of two supervisors forced out of the Secret Service this week in fallout from an embarrassing prostitution scandal, posted at least two photographs of himself with Palin, along with another in which a woman in a revealing bikini top stood in the background, looking at Chaney. That photo
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Secret Service closes probe on Ted Nugent

After meeting with rocker Ted Nugent on Thursday, the Secret Service says its probe into what he had to say about President Barack Obama is over. Last weekend during a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis, Nugent rallied support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.” He also said he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected. That drew the attention of the Secret Service. Nugent said he discussed the matter with
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Secret Service agents’ lawyer claims ‘trial by mob’

The attorney for some of the Secret Service agents under investigation in a scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip, said on Thursday a “trial by mob” was wrong. Lawrence Berger’s comments to Reuters in a telephone interview came after the Washington Post identified the two supervisors involved as David Randall Chaney, 48, in the international programs division, who was allowed to retire, and Greg Stokes, assistant special agent in charge of the K9 division, who has been notified that he will be fired. Berger, general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, represents Chaney
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Three agents ousted from Secret Service over hooker scandal

The Secret Service is moving quickly to quell a prostitution scandal that has given President Barack Obama’s critics political ammunition, forcing three agents out of government less than a week after the embarrassing incident came to light. Lawmakers welcomed the move but said more needed to be done. “It’s certainly not over,” said Rep. Peter King of New York, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, which oversees the Secret Service. The Secret Service did not identify the agents being forced out or eight more it said remain on administrative leave. In a statement, it said one supervisor was allowed
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The Secret Service and their girls: Some were hookers, others just pickups

At least 20 women frolicked with Secret Service agents and military personnel in their hotel rooms before President Barack Obama arrived in Columbia for a Latin American summit. But Capitol Hill Blue has learned that while some were prostitutes, others were women the men picked up in the bar of the hotel. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan says 11 agents and 10 male members of the military told different stories about the women who came to their rooms for sex.  Some of the women were apparently prostitutes. Others were locals they met in the bar. Either way, the active libidos
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Secret Service agents often bang prostitutes while on the road

White House and Treasury Department sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that the prostitution scandal involving members of President Barack Obama’s Secret Service detail is not the first time the elite protective force has bedded down members of the world’s oldest profession while on the road with the nation’s leader. “It happens more than you think,” says a retired Secret Service Agent who asked not to be identified. “There were whores involved with the agents who went out and got drunk in Dallas the night before President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. However, the current scandal where agents bedded
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Romney to Obama: ‘Start packing’

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, appearing confident after new polls show him closing the gap between himself and President Barack Obama, has a new message for the current occupant of the White House. Start packing. In an interview aired Monday with ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, Romney said he intends to beat Obama. “His policies have not helped the American people,” Romney said. “They have not helped get jobs, they have not helped raise incomes and they’ve added trillions of dollars of debt.” Obama, Romney added, needs to “start packing” and get ready to vacate the White House on
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Budget debate will haunt both parties in election

Democrats and Republicans are forcing votes in Congress this coming week on competing tax plans that affect millionaires and smaller businesses, and they know the proposals are doomed from the start. But that doesn’t matter to either party. Their efforts, including a Senate vote Monday on President Barack Obama’s “Buffett rule” proposal to impose a minimum tax on the wealthiest Americans, are more about pontificating than legislating, aimed at voters in November’s congressional and presidential elections. Neutral economists say neither bill would do much for the economy or job creation. Some political professionals are equally unimpressed with their potential impact
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