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2nd Aussie Senator Quits for Being 'Citizen of Foreign Power'

Larissa Waters was never legally elected due to her dual citizenship with Canada

(Newser) - A second Australian senator in less than a week has announced she's quitting Parliament after discovering she's a dual national and had therefore never really been elected. Larissa Waters, co-deputy leader of the minor Greens party, said Tuesday that she's quitting after six years as a senator... More »

One of Trump's Biggest Thorns Is Going Away

Walter Shaub is resigning from the Office of Government Ethics

(Newser) - Typically, the resignation of the director of the Office of Government Ethics wouldn't generate many headlines, but this year is a little different. Walter Shaub has had an unusually high-profile role over the past six months, so much so that the Washington Post reports he's attained "near-cult... More »

Flint Official Steps Down After Calling Residents a Racial Slur

'F---ing n---ers don't pay their bills': foreclosure employee Phil Stair

(Newser) - As thousands of residents in Flint, Mich., are confronted with the possibility of foreclosure due to unpaid water bills—for water that many still can't use, NBC News notes—an official who worked for a county nonprofit that handles foreclosed homes has stepped down after audio emerged of what... More »

White House Staffer Resigns, 'Killers' May Come Aboard

Mike Dubke, Trump's communications director, is out

(Newser) - Rumors of major restructuring of White House staff have been circulating in recent days, and on Tuesday the first shoe may have dropped in the form of Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director. Axios reports that Dubke offered Trump his resignation on May 18, though he offered to stay... More »

Conservative Think Tank Makes 'Puzzling' Big Move

Heritage Foundation ousts leader Jim DeMint

(Newser) - The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, has ousted its leader after a power struggle.The Washington nonprofit's board of trustees unanimously asked for and received the resignation of Jim DeMint at a meeting Tuesday. The board chairman said in a pull-no-punches statement afterward that "significant and worsening... More »

All DNC Staffers Told to Turn in Resignation Letters

Tom Perez is cleaning house

(Newser) - It's housecleaning time at the Democratic National Committee: The party's governing body has asked all staff members to submit resignation letters dated April 15. Sources tell NBC News that the request was made soon after Tom Perez was elected as the new DNC chief in late February. A... More »

'Knees Together' Judge Apologizes, Quits

Canadian council voted to remove Robin Camp

(Newser) - A judge who asked a 19-year-old woman why she couldn't have just kept her legs together to prevent being raped has quit rather than be forced out. Justice Robin Camp resigned from the Federal Court of Canada Thursday after members of the country's judicial watchdog voted 19 to... More »

Sessions: I'll Step Off Russia Inquiry When 'Appropriate'

AG doesn't seem up for resigning, though, after Russian ambassador chats revealed

(Newser) - More Democrats are calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions over a Washington Post report that he didn't reveal during his confirmation hearing he'd met with Russia's ambassador to the US while Election 2016 was in full swing. The latest to climb aboard the resignation... More »

Met's Director Out Amid Financial Woes

Board members demanded he leave his post: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Thomas Campbell, the director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, resigned after eight years Tuesday "to pursue the next phase of my career," according to a statement. In reality, he appears to have been "forced out," reports the New York Times . With the museum... More »

CIA Analyst: I'm Quitting Because of Trump

He says administration is 'tuning out' intelligence

(Newser) - Veteran CIA agent Edward Price says he served under George W. Bush and Barack Obama with pride—but he "cannot in good faith" serve under President Trump. In an op-ed at the Washington Post , Price, an analyst who most recently worked as a spokesman for the National Security Council,... More »

White House Was Warned Flynn Could Be Blackmailed

Moscow lawmakers blame 'Russophobia' for resignation

(Newser) - Michael Flynn stepped down Monday night after just 24 days as President Trump's national security adviser—and it's surprising he lasted that long, sources tell the Washington Post . The sources say officials, including former acting attorney general Sally Yates, notified the Trump team late last month that Flynn... More »

Sanders: 'Would Not Be a Bad Thing' If FBI's Comey Resigns

But Reince Priebus gives signs FBI director isn't going anywhere

(Newser) - James Comey has been receiving renewed scrutiny for releasing letters about Hillary Clinton's email scandal right before Election Day, with both the FBI and the DOJ now under the microscope as part of an official probe into those actions by a DOJ watchdog. But before that investigation is complete,... More »

Marissa Mayer Will Exit Yahoo Board if Verizon Deal Goes Through

Yahoo will also change its name to Altaba Inc. if deal is done

(Newser) - Yahoo will adopt a new corporate identity and slash the size of its board if the proposed $4.8 billion sale of its digital services to Verizon Communications goes through, the AP reports. The company plans to change its name to Altaba Inc. after it turns over its email, websites,... More »

New Zealand PM Shocks Nation With Sudden Resignation

John Key says his wife has had too many lonely nights

(Newser) - New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has suddenly called it quits after eight years in the job. He announced the shock decision at a Monday press conference, saying it was for family reasons, the New Zealand Herald reports. "This is the hardest decision I've ever made and... More »

GOP Elector Quits, Says Trump Not 'Biblically Qualified'

Art Sisneros of Texas says he felt he had no choice but to step down

(Newser) - There's been talk of "faithless electors" trying to overturn the Electoral College vote on Dec. 19 that presumably will fall in Donald Trump's favor, but one Texas elector has so much faith that he's taking a different route, per the Houston Chronicle : He's resigning his... More »

South Korean Leader Offers to Resign in Surprise Move

Opposition calls surprise announcement a ploy to delay impeachment

(Newser) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she will resign her office once Parliament develops a plan for a safe transfer of power. The surprise announcement—which the opposition called a ploy to delay impeachment—comes amid prosecution claims that she colluded with a friend who wielded government power... More »

Ex-British PM Pulls Surprise, Quits Politics

David Cameron says he doesn't want to be a distraction to new PM's government

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister David Cameron is standing down from his position in Parliament because he doesn't want to be a distraction to the new government headed by Theresa May. Cameron's unexpected announcement Monday will trigger a by-election for his seat in Oxfordshire, the AP reports. Cameron had earlier... More »

Maine Governor: 'Maybe It's Time to Move On'

Paul LePage says he's mulling a resignation, but he hasn't made any final decisions

(Newser) - Paul LePage may have more free time to partake in 1825-style duels soon if he steps down as Maine's governor, floating the latter idea Tuesday on a local radio station while addressing reaction to recent inflammatory statements he's made, per the Portland Press Herald . "I'm looking... More »

CIA Director: I'd Quit Before I'd Ever Order Waterboarding

Even if the president ordered him to, John Brennan says

(Newser) - Donald Trump has expressed his enthusiasm for waterboarding , and CIA Director John Brennan has responded that he would absolutely refuse to carry out orders to do so. But during a Q&A Wednesday at the Brookings Institution, Brennan issued his strongest statement yet, noting he would step down as head... More »

Cameron Hums Mystery Tune After Resigning

Hot mic picks up 'lament'

(Newser) - They're calling it "Cameron's Lament"—though some say it was actually a happy tune from a relieved man. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday that he will resign on Wednesday afternoon, and a hot mic caught him singing a few notes to himself as... More »

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