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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KISSING YOUR CAREER GOOD-BYE

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Yesterday Kissing Congressman Vance McAllister announced he would not seek re-election. Two weeks ago, video cameras caught the married-with-five-children Congressman kissing a staff member in an office hallway. No one knows who leaked that video to the press, but it seems to have ended McAllister’s political career. McAllister had won his seat on a platform […]

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THE KISSING CONGRESSMAN

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This week Louisiana voters were shocked to see a video showing married Rep. Vance McAllister in a passionate kiss with his district scheduler, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock.  Peacock, who is also married, was a cosmetologist before she joined McAllister’s staff.  The kiss was recorded on a surveillance camera in the Congressman’s office, but it’s not […]

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CONFESS OR DENY?

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To confess or not to confess? Every politician caught in a financial, voter fraud, sex, or any other kind of scandal faces this question.  For sex scandals, where the odds of surviving are virtually zero, politicians have to decide whether to leave office or attempt damage control. As soon as the Craiglist Congressman’s photo became […]

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