LARGER THAN LIFE

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Last weekend Marion Barry, Jr. probably one of the most colorful figures in American political history, passed away at age 78. Barry is almost certainly the only politician to be filmed smoking crack cocaine with his girlfriend, convicted of drug possession, sentenced to six months in prison, and re-elected mayor of a major American city—Washington, […]

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‘CUSSING PASTOR’ LOSES JOB

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It’s striking how much pastors and politicians have in common. Both claim to have the good of others uppermost in their minds. Both claim to have the answers to the problems that bother congregations and voters. Both base their careers on a public image of moral rectitude. And both are likely to lose their jobs […]

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HAPPIER THAN EVER?

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All over the United States, conservative voters put conservative politicians into office in the 2014 midterm elections. Voters of both parties expressed their disdain for Washington’s politics-as-usual, but overall, liberals and Democrats seemed to bear the brunt of voters’ dissatisfaction. Although Democrats may not be happy with this situation, conservatives may be happier than ever. […]

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ALIEN ABDUCTIONS

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[Taking a break from scandals this week] Did you know that people who live in the Western Hemisphere and Great Britain are more likely to be abducted by aliens than people who live in continental Europe, Africa, the Middle East, or Asia? And did you know that although most people find an abduction to be […]

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WHAT HE DID FOR LOVE

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“You know I love you, but I don’t want to continue in the category of mistress,” Congressman Mark Sanford’s fiancée told him during a recent vacation in Paris.   “If we continue like this I continue in that category, and I can’t bear it anymore.” Sanford asked his fiancée to wait a little longer, but soon […]

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WHAT WAS SHE THINKING?

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Last week 24-year-old New York politician Gia Arnold (pictured above) abandoned her race for the state Senate after admitting she had “participated in an extramarital affair.” Arnold told reporters that her campaign was based in integrity and that was why she was abandoning her bid for office. It’s unclear if someone else was going to […]

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SCANDAL UPDATES

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Although the scandal front has been relatively quiet since last fall’s New York primaries, lately things seem to be heating up a bit. Here are some updates. Sen. Menendez accusations. Last year Newpsychopolitics reported on stories that New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez patronized underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. One of the alleged prostitutes eventually […]

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DO PEOPLE REALLY CHANGE?

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On Sunday The New York Times Magazine published a long article about Congressman Mark Sanford’s recovery from the Appalachian Trail scandal of 2009. Sanford told the Times reporter, “I’ve been to a place where nobody even wanted to acknowledge your name,” and that he emerged from the experience “a changed man.” In many ways, the […]

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RISING STRESS IN SOUTH FLORIDA

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Washington may be the nation’s leader in terms of sex scandals, but is it possible the Miami area could take the crown for financial scandals? Amazingly, four mayors of towns around Miami have been indicted for financial fraud in just the last year. Earlier this week, the mayor of North Miami, Lucie Tondreau, was suspended […]

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WHEN THIS YOU SEE

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“With every marital indiscretion that finds its way into the public sphere,” writes Monica Lewinsky in the June issue of Vanity Fair, “It always seems like the woman conveniently takes the fall.” That’s mostly, but not entirely, true, as Eliot Spitzer, Herman Cain, or John Ensign can attest. The record shows that most male politicians […]

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