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AL. state Sen apologizes for calling blacks ‘aboriginals’

A powerful Alabama politician apologized Tuesday evening for an inflammatory remark made about African-Americans. State Sen. Scott Beason (R) was caught on tape in June calling blacks in Green Country, Alabama “aboriginal.” The scene was filmed during an undercover FBI investigation on whether politicians were bribed by special interests to…

AL. state Sen apologizes for calling blacks ‘aboriginals’

A powerful Alabama politician apologized Tuesday evening for an inflammatory remark made about African-Americans. State Sen. Scott Beason (R) was caught on tape in June calling blacks in Green Country, Alabama “aboriginal.” The scene was filmed during an undercover FBI investigation on whether politicians were bribed by special interests to…

Fresh rape attempt charge hits Strauss-Kahn

A fresh attempted rape suit against former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn threatened Tuesday to wreck his hopes of returning to frontline French politics if acquitted at his New York trial. Tristane Banon, 32, planned to lodge “a complaint for attempted rape” around eight years ago against Strauss-Kahn with French prosecutors…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn to sue French rape accuser for slander

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn plans to sue for slander a French woman who said she will file an attempted rape complaint against him, his lawyers said in a statement Monday. Earlier French journalist and writer Tristane Banon, 32, who once branded Strauss-Kahn a “rutting chimpanzee”, indicated she would lodge…

French journalist filing new rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

PARIS — A French woman will bring legal action this week for attempted rape against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, her lawyer said Monday in an interview published online. Tristane Banon, a journalist and writer, “is lodging a complaint for attempted rape against Mr Dominique Strauss-Kahn”, the lawyer, David Koubbi,…

German politician caught stealing toilet paper

BERLIN (AFP) – A German politician has been caught short after janitors collared him red-handed pilfering toilet roll from the gents in the town hall during a sting operation, authorities said on Wednesday. Janitors’ suspicions were raised when more than 200 rolls vanished and they laid a trap for Frank-Michael…

Haley Barbour: ‘I’m lobbyist, a politician and a lawyer’

At least one Republican presidential contender isn’t running from his past. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was proud of his past as a “lobbyist, a politician and a lawyer” when he was asked about it Sunday. “You said last year, you’re the governor of a poor state, you have a distinct…

PolitiFact: Bachmann’s claims ‘false’ more often than any other politician

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann isn’t letting her lack of credibility get in the way of her presidential ambitions. Only a day before the congresswoman’s Friday visit to Iowa, the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact noted that she had made false statements more often than any public official. “We have checked her…

British politician arrested over ‘stoning’ tweet

British politician arrested over ‘stoning to death’ tweet apologizes, says he was joking A local politician in England has been arrested after allegedly posting a message on Twitter calling for a journalist to be stoned to death. Police say Birmingham city councilor Gareth Compton was arrested on suspicion of sending…

‘Die quickly’ Democrat Grayson crushed, 56-38 percent

Florida’s freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson was ousted by a veteran GOP politician after the Democrat earned notoriety for harsh rhetoric that included accusing Republicans of wanting sick people to “die quickly.” To the north, seven-term Democratic Congressman Allen Boyd lost handily to a political newcomer who played up…

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