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Woman at Center of Korea Scandal: 'I Deserve Death'

Cult leader's daughter mobbed outside Seoul court

(Newser) - Telling reporters Monday that she "deserves death," the woman at the center of a scandal roiling South Korea met prosecutors examining whether she used her close ties to President Park Geun-hye to pull government strings from the shadows and amass an illicit fortune, the AP reports. "Please,... More »

S. Korean Leader Embroiled in Crazy, Mystical Scandal

President Park Geun-hye linked to adviser who is like a shaman

(Newser) - South Korea is embroiled in a complex political scandal that threatens to bring down President Park Geun-hye. Park has been caught seeking input on key speeches from Soon-sil, a personal friend with no official government position. Quartz describes Soon-sil as a cult-like figure, a "Rasputin-like mystery woman" who exerts... More »

'Porngate' Unveils One State's Ugly Politics

Pennsylvania's attorney general revealed offensive messages

(Newser) - What do Pennsylvania state officials like emailing one another? Racist, pornographic, and misogynistic messages accompanied by lewd and offensive photos, according to a political scandal dubbed "Porngate." In recent months, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane revealed the messages amid a slew of thousands of emails uncovered in a... More »

Critics Hammer Marco Rubio on His Troubles With Money

For one, he apparently used GOP money to treat himself to a movie

(Newser) - Does Marco Rubio have the financial discipline to handle the US budget? That's the question critics from both parties are asking this week as the GOP presidential candidate's past financial decisions continue to make headlines. The Tampa Bay Times reports Rubio "routinely" made personal charges on a... More »

Indiana Lawmaker Resigns in Sex Video Scandal

Rep. Jud McMillin says he wants to 'spend more time with his family'

(Newser) - A formerly ambitious Indiana lawmaker resigned to "spend more time with his family" Tuesday, one week after a sexually explicit video was texted from his cellphone, the Indianapolis Star reports. Republican Rep. Jud McMillin sent the following text to his contacts last week after claiming his phone was stolen... More »

Pennsylvania's Attorney General Can't Practice Law

Kathleen Kane's license is suspended amid criminal investigation

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's No. 1 legal official is in the unique position of being unable to practice law. The state's Supreme Court suspended the law license of Attorney General Kathleen Kane yesterday as she faces a criminal investigation involving charges of perjury and obstruction, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . The state'... More »

Sarkozy Detained by Police

Said to have traded job offer for information

(Newser) - For what appears to be the first time in history, a French ex-head of state has been detained by police, the BBC reports: Nicolas Sarkozy is being held amid reports he traded influence for information. Officials are investigating whether the former—and would-be future—president offered a high-profile job to... More »

Adviser: Obama 'Madder Than Hell' Over VA Scandal

Denis McDonough says he's got the scars to prove it

(Newser) - White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough today summarized the commander-in-chief's feelings on the VA scandal pretty pointedly: "The president is madder than hell, and I’ve got the scars to prove it, given the briefings I’ve given the president. Nobody is more outraged about this problem,... More »

Another Holocaust Gaffe: Candidate's Death Camp Ad

Mike Wells says concentration camp picture was an accident

(Newser) - A Fresno, Calif., city council candidate attracted the wrong kind of attention when he sent out a flier on Saturday that featured what looked like a picture of a concentration camp, the Fresno Bee reports. It features a message criticizing Mike Wells' opponent in red letters across the backdrop of... More »

France's First Couple Is No More

Hollande confirms Valerie Trierweiler rumors

(Newser) - Elysee Palace told the BBC the breakup rumors were false—but the French president himself says otherwise. Francois Hollande has confirmed that he and partner Valerie Trierweiler, France's first lady, have split up, AFP reports. "I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with... More »

France's First Lady Took 'One Pill Too Many'

She wants to stay together, but President Hollande doesn't

(Newser) - France's spurned first lady is out of hospital, recovering, and determined to make her relationship with President Francois Hollande work—but sources say he wants it to end, the Telegraph reports. It's unclear whether Hollande has visited girlfriend Valérie Trierweiler, 48, since she moved from a hospital... More »

Christie Apology: 'I Am Who I Am, But I Am No Bully'

'Humiliated' governor fires Bridget Kelly, says she lied

(Newser) - Chris Christie offered a full-throated apology today, while firing the staffer who sent the telltale email that started the "Time for some traffic in Fort Lee" scandal . "I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team," Christie said in a... More »

Chris Christie Is a Bully

But could that actually help his political career?

(Newser) - As Chris Christie finds himself embroiled in scandal , the pundits are weighing in, with Ezra Klein calling the New Jersey governor "really, truly a bully" in the Washington Post . It's previously been reported, for instance, that an aide follows him, taping moments during which he "annihilates some... More »

Christie: I'm 'Outraged' at Traffic Allegations

Denies knowledge, says aides will be held responsible for causing gridlock to punish rival

(Newser) - Chris Christie has responded to today's amazing allegations that his aides deliberately caused massive traffic jams on the world's busiest bridge to punish a political rival: The New Jersey governor insists that he had nothing to do with it and suggests that heads will roll, reports Politico . The... More »

Christie Aides' Emails Tied to Traffic Scandal

'Time for some traffic in Fort Lee,' said one after mayor refused to endorse him

(Newser) - Starting Sept. 9—the first day of school—a pair of closed lanes between a New Jersey city and the George Washington Bridge to New York caused massive traffic problems for several days. Officials have said the closures were part of a traffic study, but emails and text messages, newly... More »

Obama Wins 'Worst Year in Washington'

Scandals, ObamaCare steamrolled high hopes: Chris Cillizza

(Newser) - It's been a tough year for plenty of Beltway insiders—even Sunny the dog . But in Chris Cillizza's estimation, one figure stands above—or perhaps below—the rest: the president himself, who had 2013's "Worst Year in Washington." "When historians write the story of... More »

Toronto Mayor: I Smoked Crack 'in Drunken Stupor'

But Rob Ford insists he's not an addict

(Newser) - Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted that he'd at least used crack today, in what the CBC describes as a "scrum" with reporters outside city hall. "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," he said. "Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Um, probably... More »

Slain Brit's Mom to China: Show Us 'Compassion'

Neil Heywood at center of Bo Xilai scandal

(Newser) - The mother of the British businessman murdered in China's biggest political scandal in decades has kept quiet about the matter—but now, she says, it's time to speak up. Ann Heywood is calling on China to show "decisiveness and compassion" to "mitigate the consequences of a... More »

Spitzer: Wall St. 'Desperately' Wants Me to Lose

Would-be comptroller goes on Leno to made his case

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer followed in Hugh Grant's infamous hookin'-boot steps to Jay Leno's couch last night, continuing his string of mea culpas as he looks to re-enter the public arena via a run for New York City comptroller . Leno was to the point, notes the AP , asking the... More »

Bob McDonnell Must Go

His 2016 hopes are dead, and Ruth Marcus thinks his term in Virginia should be, too

(Newser) - Bob McDonnell's response to revelations that he and his family accepted $120,000 in cash from a major donor, the latest in a string of such reports , was "astonishing" writes Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post : McDonnell calmly asserted that he hadn't broken the letter of the... More »

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