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August 8, 2000 | By David Goldstein and Jodi Enda, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Vice President Gore will make history today by tapping a Jewish senator, Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, as his running mate. Democrats hope Lieberman's reputation for moral rectitude - including his condemnation of President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky - will offset Gore's association with scandal. Gore called Lieberman to offer him the vice presidential slot yesterday afternoon, hours after Gore's campaign put out word of the selection. Before ending their call, the Southern Baptist vice president and the Orthodox Jewish senator prayed together.
NEWS
July 13, 2004
I'M SORRY TO hear that Cardinal Bevilacqua is sick, but I have no sympathy for him. He wasn't sick when the priest sexual-abuse scandal broke. He wasn't sick when the attorneys the diocese hired played hardball with the victims and their families. He wasn't sick when the coverups were going on. He wants to claim that the grand jury is disrespecting him, but what about the victims and their families who were disrespected by diocesan attorneys, and who were lied to - what about them?
NEWS
April 25, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Three more Secret Service employees have been forced out of the government, bringing to nine the number of people who have lost their jobs in the prostitution scandal roiling the agency. Two employees have resigned and a third is having his national-security clearance revoked, the Secret Service said Tuesday. The employee whose clearance is being revoked can appeal the decision. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said one of the resigning agents stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, where Obama stayed for the Summit of Americas.
NEWS
December 14, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
So what are we to call this emerging scandal? How about "Iranamok"? Or "Contradeceptive"? Or maybe "the Swiss Connection"? While Washington goes about the serious business of sorting out who did what and who knew what in the matter of U.S. arms sales to Iran, through Israel, with some of the payments diverted to Nicaraguan rebels, known as contras, by way of a Swiss bank account, a lot of less-serious folks are struggling to come up with...
NEWS
July 7, 2011 | Associated Press
LONDON - Britain's phone-hacking scandal intensified yesterday as the scope of tabloid intrusion into private voice mails became clearer: Murder victims. Terror victims. Film stars. Sports figures. Politicians. The royal family's entourage. Almost no one, it seems, was safe from a tabloid determined to beat its rivals, whatever it took. The focal point is the News of the World - now facing a spreading advertising boycott - and the top executives of its parent companies: Rebekah Brooks, former News of the World editor who is now chief executive of News International, and her boss, media potentate Rupert Murdoch.
NEWS
August 8, 1999 | By Dick Polman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yup, they're all here, indelibly etched in black and white, quaint artifacts pulled from a time capsule, images plucked from an bygone era of bushy sideburns, rotary phones, bell-bottom jeans, electric typewriters, and smoke-choked rooms. Start with Richard Nixon, the star of this Smithsonian Institution photo exhibit, the President who announced 25 years ago tonight that he was resigning his office. He's up there on the museum wall in all his fading glory - scowling, pacing, cajoling, stalking along a rainswept beach with bodyguards.
NEWS
December 7, 1986 | By Robert S. Boyd, Inquirer Washington Bureau
There was an almost audible sigh of relief from Republicans last week when President Reagan came down from his California mountaintop and, as he phrased it, put "the machinery in place" to "restore complete confidence" in his shaken administration. Party leaders interviewed around the country expressed fervent hope that the worst of the Iran arms-sale crisis was past - a hope mixed with an uneasy uncertainty that such is really the case. As if in a chorus, almost all of them said "it's too early to tell" what the long-term impact of the crisis will be on the party or the 1988 presidential election.
SPORTS
November 15, 1999 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The U.S. Olympic Committee directed more than $60,000 to support sports in Africa and the Mideast in hopes of currying favor for Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics, yesterday's Los Angeles Times reported. The newspaper said it obtained an internal USOC report which revealed that the USOC underwrote training costs and supplies for athletes and coaches from Sudan, Mali, Uganda and Turkey to help Salt Lake City win the 2002 Games. The USOC spent thousands of dollars on equipment such as basketballs and even gave out "pocket money" - $150 a month to each of three Sudanese athletes and a coach for four months in 1995, according to the report, which was said to give the most detailed account to date of the USOC's role in the worst corruption scandal in the history of the Olympic movement.
NEWS
April 7, 1987 | By Jeffrey K. Hadden and Anson Shupe
It is difficult to imagine how anything good could come out of the scandals that have rocked religious broadcasting in recent weeks. In the shadow of all the fun humorists and skeptical columnists have had at the expense of some of the stars of the electric church, the woes of religious broadcasters are no laughing matter. Three national public opinion polls conducted last week point to anger and disillusionment with the video vicarage. Those televangelists most directly involved are most badly damaged.
NEWS
July 13, 2004 | By William Safire
All our July chin-pulling about polls and veeps and CIA missteps has little to do with November's election, which will be decided by unforeseeable events. Instead, let's counter-program, to examine a political corruption story beginning to gain traction that will reach warp speed in hearings and headlines next spring. At least eight official investigations have begun into the largest financial rip-off in history: preliminary estimates from the GAO point to $10 billion skimmed or kicked back or otherwise stolen in the United Nations dealings with Saddam Hussein.
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NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
The law firm that produced the report that said Gov. Christie was clear of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge controversy recently donated $10,000 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which Christie leads. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher made the donation to the RGA on March 18, according to IRS filings made public Tuesday. The donation came nine days before the firm released its report on Christie's administration. Christie has been chairman of the RGA since November, traveling out of New Jersey to drum up donations for fellow Republican governors.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The law firm hired by Gov. Christie to investigate the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge released more than 400 pages of documents Monday that describe in detail interactions among the governor's aides as the controversy over the closures unfolded. The documents - summaries of 75 interviews conducted by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher - do not appear to contain new revelations about the controversy. The interviews, which formed the basis of the firm's report clearing Christie and his senior staff of wrongdoing in the lane closures, include accounts of tense staff meetings and frustrations about former aides implicated in the scandal.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
ADVOCATES of Danish provocateur Lars von Trier have described his pornographic "Nymphomaniac" movies, a bit hopefully, as scandalous. In fact, there is no scandal. Volume I came and went with barely a peep - on the whole, people would rather see "Noah" - and though Volume I and Volume II (opening today) are hailed as worth talking about, no one is. Perhaps because folks feel they can't get a word in edgewise. Von Trier himself seems to be doing most of the talking, via the desultory narration of his protagonist Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg)
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
NEW YORK - The law firm retained by the Christie administration to investigate September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge declared Thursday that "not a shred of evidence" implicated the governor in the scandal. Instead, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher said in a 360-page report that two former allies of Gov. Christie had carried out the traffic jams that have become an unlikely thorn in the governor's side as he contemplates a run for the presidency in 2016. "Sometimes people do inexplicably stupid things," Christie told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in a nationally televised interview Thursday.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
IN HIS ONLY post-prison interview, granted earlier this month after two years in the can, former Philly political big dog and onetime Republican state House Speaker John Perzel sorta said it all. Jan Murphy of the Harrisburg Patriot-News asked Perzel about reforms following multiple scandals, including the one that snared him, dating back to the villainous 2005 pay grab. Murphy reports Perzel responded sarcastically, as he often does, with a question of his own: "What reforms did they get done?"
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state's civil rights commission will be monitoring the Coatesville Area School District to make sure it keeps its promises to be more transparent and equitable in the wake of the texting scandal that showed the district needs help being both, the commission said in a report Monday. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, which has been in touch periodically with district administrators since September, recommended the district hold more cultural events for students and the community, use social media and other means to communicate with district residents, and hire someone solely to make sure the district treats everyone equally.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano and Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writers
The undercover investigation that taped four Philadelphia Democratic legislators and a judge accepting cash or gifts may seem nuanced and complex. But constituents of the stung officials in West Philadelphia and its environs expressed little ambiguity about the morality of officeholders taking payments. "Wrong is wrong, as simple as that," said Marian Thomas, 70, who was walking along 47th Street and Springfield Avenue the other day. Annie Mroz, 23, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student, agreed: "It confirms there's a layer of sleaze in local politics in Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Archbishop Charles J. Chaput apologized Saturday to victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy and referred to "the negligence of the church's pastors" in allowing it to occur. "I apologize on behalf of the church," Chaput said in his homily at a late-afternoon "Mass for Healing for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse," attended by some 250 people. Similar Masses have been held elsewhere for victims of clergy sex abuse, but this was the first in Philadelphia, coming at a time when the archdiocese and Chaput have been strongly criticized by some groups of victims.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Damian D. "Skipper" Pitts was not offended when a student in his leadership class at Temple University raised a hand one Thursday night last year and asked for an early dismissal. Pitts was just confused by the excuse: The student wanted to get home in time to watch Scandal . "I said, 'What the hell is Scandal ?' " Pitts recalled recently. "The only thing the classroom didn't do was stone me. " A year later, the former Marine and leadership consultant from Fort Washington cannot only rattle off the names of every character like a true Gladiator, as fans of the ABC-TV political drama are known, he aims to cash in on the program's wild appeal with a crisis-leadership game called Scandalytes.
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