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Schwarzenegger admits lovechild triggered split

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Film star turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a lovechild with a staff member which he kept secret for a decade, until its disclosure torpedoed his marriage. The former bodybuilder’s estranged wife Maria Shriver, a daughter of the Kennedy political dynasty, reacted by asking for…

Schwarzenegger reveals he secretly fathered child over 10 years ago

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to reporters that he fathered a child over 10 years ago with a longtime member of his household staff. Breaking the news of this to his wife, Maria Schriver, largely contributed to their split. “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife…

Rahm Emanuel sworn in as Mayor of Chicago

CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel, the political pitbull who served as President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, was sworn in Monday as mayor of Chicago, pledging a “new day” for a US city facing a host of financial, safety and educational struggles. Emanuel took over from Richard Daley, who had…

Obama staff calls Justin Bieber to arrange meeting with 9/11 victim’s daughter

ABC News has confirmed that President Obama asked the White House staff to call teen idol Justin Bieber last week, asking the singer to meet with 14-year-old Payton Wall, who lost her father on 9/11. Wall, who was four years old on the day of the attacks, was the daughter…

WikiLeaks gags staff, threatens leakers with $20 million penalty

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requires WikiLeaks staff to sign a confidentiality agreement that claims the organization’s collection of leaked documents is “solely the property of WikiLeaks,” according to a published report. The confidentiality agreement says that unpublished documents leaked to the organization are “valuable proprietary commercial information, the misuse or…

Lobbyists ‘intimidate’ congressional staff after Citizens United decision

Some Democratic congressional staffers personally feel a need to respond differently to lobbyists in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, according to a recent survey. The Citizens United vs. FEC case overturned generations of U.S. campaign law that limited corporate donations and required the identity…

‘I miss Tucson,’ says recovering Rep. Giffords

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords still struggles to piece together lengthy sentences, but one short phrase she repeats is: “I miss Tucson,” the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on Sunday. Three and a half months after she was shot in the head at a community event in Tucson, theArizona Democrat is working on…

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning being moved to Kansas jail‎

WASHINGTON – Bradley Manning, a US serviceman being held for allegedly passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, will be transferred to a military facility in Kansas, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday. The move comes after intense criticism of Manning’s detention conditions in Quantico, Virginia. “At this juncture of the case we…

Pentagon investigation clears McChrystal of all wrongdoing

A four star general who was forced to resign following unflattering remarks he and his staff allegedly said about President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden has been cleared of all wrongdoing by the Defense Department inspector general. In the report (.pdf), the Pentagon claimed that they were unable…

College paper trumps administration, puts whole front page ‘below fold’

The staff of the Collegian, the daily student newspaper of Philadelphia’s La Salle University, outwitted their school’s administration with a clever design choice. Told to keep a scandalous story involving a professor using an exotic dancer for a business seminar below the fold of the front page — after fighting for…

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