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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 »

After Brexit Vote, UK PM Announces Resignation

Trump says vote to leave EU is 'a great thing'

(Newser) - Britain is leaving the European Union, and David Cameron is leaving 10 Downing Street. The prime minister told reporters Friday morning that after the Leave victory in the Brexit vote, he is not the "captain" to steer the country through exit negotiations with the EU, the AP reports. Cameron—... More »

The Undoing of Priceline's CEO: Affair With an Employee

Darren Huston resigns, won't get severance

(Newser) - The chief executive of Priceline has now become a member of what the Wall Street Journal calls a "not-very-exclusive club" of CEOs "toppled by relationships with employees." Darren Huston has resigned from the online travel company—which also includes Kayak, OpenTable, and—effective immediately after... More »

Ukraine's PM Quits

Arseniy Yatsenyuk survived no-confidence vote in February, faced gridlock after

(Newser) - Ukraine's embattled prime minister announced Sunday that he is resigning, opening the way for the formation of a new government to end a drawn-out political crisis. In his weekly televised address, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said his resignation would be formally submitted to parliament on Tuesday, reports the AP . Yatsenyuk's... More »

Snowden to Britain: Make David Cameron Step Down

Snowden, 'House of Cards' Twitter account both on PM's case after Panama Papers

(Newser) - "Now I work for the public" is part of Edward Snowden's Twitter bio , and he's trying to make good on that vow by motivating the good citizens of Britain to get British Prime Minister David Cameron to resign, the Independent reports. The NSA whistleblower's initiative comes... More »

Tennis CEO Quits After Comments on Women Players

Raymond Moore offered his resignation from tourney to Oracle founder Larry Ellison

(Newser) - On Sunday he was riding high as CEO of California's Indian Wells Tennis Garden and director of the BNP Paribas Open tournament held there. On Monday, Raymond Moore stepped down from both posts, reports the New York Times , after making disparaging comments about women tennis players over the weekend,... More »

Breitbart Reporter in Trump Brouhaha Quits

Michelle Fields, Breitbart editor quit for site not standing by her amid assault claims

(Newser) - The continuing saga of the alleged assault of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields by Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski took a new turn with the resignation of Fields and a Breitbart editor Sunday night, BuzzFeed reports. "Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,"... More »

Another Bomb Drops in Mizzou Racial Drama

And the school plans initiatives for racial diversity

(Newser) - The embattled chancellor of the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia says he's stepping down at the end of the year to take a different position. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin's announcement Monday came hours after the university system's president, Tim Wolfe, said he was resigning... More »

'Teacher of the Year' Quits When Told She's Unqualified

Ann Marie Corgill had taught in Alabama for 21 years

(Newser) - A longtime Alabama educator who has won Teacher of the Year honors resigned last week when her "frustration boiled over" with bureaucracy. Informed that she lacked the state qualifications to teach 5th grade, Ann Marie Corgill resigned from Birmingham City Schools, NPR reports. "After 21 years of teaching... More »

Corruption Scandal Takes Down Guatemala's Prez

Otto Perez Molina resigns amid accusations of fraud, bribery

(Newser) - Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has resigned in the face of a corruption scandal that has brought his government to the brink. A spokesman says Perez Molina submitted his resignation at midnight after he was ordered to stand in front of a judge in the customs fraud case, which already... More »

160K Tell Reddit CEO Ellen Pao to 'Step Down'

Petition says Pao will 'run Reddit into the ground' if she's not ousted

(Newser) - Reddit—the site Gizmodo cheekily calls the Internet's "Fort Knox of cat GIFs"—has been in turmoil since the company on Thursday fired Victoria Taylor, the talent director who ran the most high-profile "Ask Me Anything" interviews, per the New York Times . Now a More »

Rachel Dolezal Steps Down as NAACP President

'This is not about me. It's about justice,' she writes in Facebook post

(Newser) - This morning it seemed up in the air whether there'd be an NAACP meeting today to address the Rachel Dolezal controversy . Now, however, it appears that the NAACP part of the story is over, as Dolezal is apparently stepping down from her post as president of the Spokane chapter,... More »

Nobel Scientist Who Made Sexist Comments Resigns

Dr. Tim Hunt has stepped down as honorary professor at University College London

(Newser) - Tim Hunt may not be crying like a woman in a science lab over the hubbub he's caused, but he's now resigned from his University College London role because of it. The BBC reports that the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and Royal Society fellow— under fire this week for... More »

Judge Who Let Sex Offender Off Easy Asked to Resign

OC community outraged M. Marc Kelly gave convict 10 years for abusing 3-year-old

(Newser) - Calls for the resignation of Superior Judge M. Marc Kelly abound on Facebook ; a petition has amassed 60,000 signatures; and Orange County, Calif., officials want him out. This after Kelly last Friday sentenced a man convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old to just 10 years in prison... More »

Oregon's Governor Resigns Amid Scandal

John Kitzhaber's fiancee is accused of shady financial dealings

(Newser) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber finally took the hint . He says he will resign amid allegations that his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself—a stunning fall from grace for the state's longest-serving chief executive. The decision capped a wild week in which Kitzhaber seemed poised to... More »

CIA Watchdog Resigns

CIA Inspector General David Buckley going to work in private sector

(Newser) - The man who kept tabs on the CIA for four years has resigned, Reuters reports. Though the departure of CIA Inspector General David Buckley is being called "amicable and planned," the National Journal adds, journalists are still connecting the dots between the announcement and Buckley's report this... More »

Out: Pol Who Said Women on Welfare Should Be Sterilized

Former Ariz. Sen. Russell Pearce resigns after controversial radio statements

(Newser) - The man described as "the John Wayne of the airwaves" on radio station KKNT will have a more limited platform for his tough talk about women on public assistance and their right to give birth. Russell Pearce, a former Arizona senator who has been outspoken on the subject of... More »

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