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The scandal that derailed John Edwards' career, shattered his image as a devoted family man and led to his indictment is now set to play out in federal court.

The former Democratic presidential candidate is fighting allegations that he violated federal campaign finance laws during his 2008 bid for the White House.

Prosecutors contend he secretly obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars from two wealthy supporters to hide his affair and love child with Rielle Hunter.

Hunter, was a campaign videographer who gave birth to their daughter, Frances Quinn, at a time when Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, was battling breast cancer.

Elizabeth Edwards passed away in late 2010.

The alleged donors were Fred Baron, a wealthy Texas lawyer who is no longer alive, and Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a wealthy 101-year-old benefactor.

They supposedly provided more than $900,000 in living expenses for Rielle Hunter, who is not expected to testify at the trial of the ex-U.S. Senator.

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North Korea's much-heralded missile launch was a failure yesterday, but the White House still condemned what it felt was a provocative act by the rogue state.

North Korea said it wanted to launch a rocket to put a weather satellite into orbit, but it is widely viewed as a military operation and a dangerous one at that.

The country hasn't been shy about posturing toward the U.S., and many saw the launch - before its failure anyway - as a veiled threat against Washington.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said North Korea's rocket launch was a provocative act that left the nation isolated and in violation of international law:

"Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, the action threatens security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments."

"While this action is not surprising given North Korea's pattern of aggressive behavior, any missile activity is of concern to the international community."

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It doesn't appear that President Obama's opinion of Kanye West has changed.

After Obama let it slip before an interview (below) with ABC's Nightline two years ago that he thought the rapper was a "jackass" for interrupting Taylor Swift's speech at the MTV VMAs, he offered up a further assessment of him this week.

The verdict? Unchanged.

Asked if he prefers Kanye or Jay-Z," the President replied with a smile, "Jay-Z. Although I do like Kanye. He's a Chicago guy. Smart. He's very talented."

After being reminded of the slam heard around the world, Obama stuck to his guns regarding the outspoken performer and boyfriend of Kim Kardashian.

"He is a jackass," he added. "But he's talented."

His girlfriend, on the other hand ...

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Ann Romney, the wife of likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and mother of five sons, is fighting a criticism that she “never worked a day in her life.”

“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys,” she wrote on Twitter, prompted by a Democratic strategist’s challenge of her knowledge about the economy.

“Believe me,” Ann Romney wrote. “It was hard work.”

Hillary Rosen, a Democratic strategist, started the exchange during an interview on CNN yesterday in which she said of GOP front-running candidate Romney:

“Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never dealt with the economic issues that a majority of women in U.S. are facing.”

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign swiftly distanced itself from Rosen, but the incident underscores issues critical to both sides in the campaign.

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Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has apologized and tried to explain his seemingly pro-Fidel Castro comments, but the team still suspended him for five games.

Even after the suspension was announced and a contrite Guillen held a nearly hour-long news conference to apologize, tensions have not simmered down.

For the city with the highest Cuban-American population, Guillen's comments, who was quoted in Time saying he loves and respects the dictator, it was too much.

A large group of protesters gathered outside calling for the Venezuelan manager's ouster. Some local politicians have weighed in, looking for Guillen to be fired.

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But the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is also reporting that the Marlins players are supportive of their first-year manager, who won a World Series with Chicago.

"I think everybody in that clubhouse looks up to Ozzie and what he's done," said catcher Jon Buck, the Marlins players' representative. "It's all been positive."

"You guys can feel the atmosphere he's changed in the clubhouse."

"I feel like he doesn't need to apologize to me, but I'm not Cuban, I don't know how it feels to have that looming over you. I'm coming from a baseball aspect."

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Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum suspended his White House bid on Tuesday, all but ceding the Republican presidential nomination to rival Mitt Romney.

"We made a decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today," he said.

Santorum did not endorse Romney in making his announcement, though he did vow to fight to defeat President Obama and help Republicans win in the fall.

In a statement, Mitt Romney called Santorum "an able and worthy competitor" and congratulated his often-bitter rival for the formidable campaign he ran.

"He has proven to be an important voice in our party and the nation," said Romney.

"We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity."

Santorum's campaign insisted earlier in the day that he was not leaving the GOP race despite a decision to cancel his Tuesday morning campaign events.

His three-year-old daughter Bella, who suffers from a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18, had been hospitalized again after falling ill over the weekend.

Santorum said that Bella recovered after a "difficult weekend," but that the situation "did cause us to think in the role that we have as parents in her life."

That, along with his dimming chances of overtaking Romney in the GOP delegate race, likely caused the unapologetic social conservative to pack it in.

Nevertheless, he leaves having won more than 10 states in the Republican nominating contest, pushing Romney longer than anyone possibly predicted.

Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich remain in the GOP race, but well behind Romney, who appears poised to finally finish this political war of attrition.

In a hypothetical matchup of the President and his likely GOP opponent, for whom would you vote if the election were today?

 

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Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is under fire over comments published last week in which he appeared to express his love for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Guillen, speaking in the Marlins' dugout before today's game at Philadelphia, said he plans to fly back to Miami tomorrow morning to face the media and public.

He says he feels "guilty" and "embarrassed" and wants to address questions personally after sparking controversy with his remarks to Time magazine.

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"I want to make everything clear what's going on. Then people can see me and know what I think," Guillen said. "I think it's the proper thing so people can see my eyes."

"I want to get the thing over with. I told the Marlins I want to fly (back) as soon as I can, and tomorrow's a day off. I don't want to (talk about it) in Philadelphia."

"I want to be in Miami and clear everything up."

"I want them to know I'm against everything 100 percent - I will repeat it again - the way this man (has been) treating people for the last 60 years."

"I want the people there. Whoever feels about it, ask me any questions. I want you to ask what you ask, because I feel bad? Yes. I feel embarrassed? Yes."

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Though he does not officially support gay marriage, President Obama voiced opposition to a proposed anti-gay marriage ballot measure in Minnesota today.

Obama for America Minnesota Communications Director Kristin Sosanie said:

"While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples."

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"That's what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do - single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples - and the President does not support it."

The proposed Minnesota marriage amendment reads simply, "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota."

It's the second time in as many months Obama has weighed in on the issue.

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Itinerant news anchor and malcontent Keith Olbermann is suing Current TV, which fired him late last week, for violating his contract and torpedoing his show, to the tune of $70 million in damages and unpaid compensation.

Olbermann says that the inept "Al Gore, Joel Hyatt and the management of Current are no more than dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives."

Keith claims his "public termination" was "the latest in a series of increasingly erratic and unprofessional actions undertaken by Current's senior management."

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Hilariously, Olbermann actually accuses Current of enticing him to leave MSNBC - which unceremoniously canned him also - by making promises it failed to deliver on.

Keith says Current is so dysfunctional and broke after the network's first eight months on the air that is "still couldn't manage to, literally, keep the lights on."

Olbermann is suing for breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement.

Current responded that he's liar, a bully and a terrible person, basically.

The network has fired back at the Countdown host, claiming his $70 million lawsuit is "false and malicious" and Olbermann got fired for breach of contract.

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It's begun.

With Mitt Romney's three-primary sweep this week, he effectively made his clinching the Republican presidential nomination a matter of when, not if.

Not surprisingly, President Obama has released a new TV ad this week, in response to criticism he's incurred from oil companies - and Mitt Romney.

The President argues that he has actually boosted domestic oil production, and is only a target because he sought to end tax breaks for oil corporations.

Tax breaks that would ease the burden on average Americans - by his calculus, at least. Obama's ad not-so-subtly links big oil to, you guessed it, Mitt. Watch:

If the election were today, who would you vote for?

 

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