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SC Candidate, 40, Seeks Age Limit for Politicians

Joe Cunningham says country is being run by 'geriatric oligarchy'

(Newser) - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham is proposing an age limit for South Carolina politicians—a cap that would cut off the 75-year-old incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster—and making a veiled argument that even fellow Democrats like President Biden are staying "in office way past their prime." "Our...

British MP Fatally Stabbed at Church
Charges in Murder of UK
Lawmaker Cite Terrorism
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Charges in Murder of UK Lawmaker Cite Terrorism

Ali Harbi Ali accused of fatally stabbing David Amess

(Newser) - Update: A 25-year-old native of Somalia has been charged in last week's slaying of a UK lawmaker, reports the BBC . Ali Harbi Ali was arrested soon after the attack on MP David Amess while the lawmaker was meeting with constituents. "We will submit to the court that this...

Britney Spears' Conservatorship Issue 'the Tip of the Iceberg'

Politicians lobby for beleaguered pop star, while advocates push for change on all arrangements

(Newser) - The West Coast has had its fair share of the #FreeBritney movement—now it's DC's turn. As the drama continues to play out in Britney Spears' conservatorship case, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have rushed to defend the 39-year-old performer, and to address such related topics...

A High-Profile Murder in 1963 Still Haunts Chicago

A rising Black politician named Ben Lewis was shot to death in his office

(Newser) - It is, declares the headline of a lengthy story at ProPublica , "the murder Chicago didn't want to solve." And as Mick Dumke writes, the killing of Black politician Ben Lewis in 1963 does indeed remain unsolved after nearly six decades. The slaying was national news at the...

Turns Out There Was a 2nd Ill-Advised Napa Valley Dinner

London Breed dined at French Laundry the night after Gavin Newsom

(Newser) - Gov. Gavin Newsom caught flak for dining at the esteemed French Laundry in November. He wasn't the only high-profile California Democrat to make that choice last month. The Chronicle reports San Francisco Mayor London Breed ate at the three-star Michelin restaurant in Yountville the night after Newsom did as...

Peru Has Its 3rd President in a Week

Francisco Sagasti aims to restore trust in government after Martín Vizcarra's ouster

(Newser) - Peruvians watched in hope as the nation's third president in just over a week was sworn in to office Tuesday, promising to restore trust in government after the worst constitutional crisis in two decades. Francisco Sagasti donned the presidential sash and in his first words to the nation paid...

She Claimed Politician Was a Pedophile, Now Owes $625K

Australian MP's accuser is unapologetic, to say the least

(Newser) - Internet trolls, beware: A conspiracy theorist who claimed a politician was involved in a pedophile ring has been ordered to pay more than half a million dollars. Last month, Anne Webster, a first-term Australian MP, and her husband sued Karen Brewer over a series of Facebook posts that claimed Webster...

Ex-Governor Who Fought Corruption Dead at 84
Ex-Governor
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'Big Jim' Is
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Ex-Governor Known as 'Big Jim' Is Dead at 84

James R. Thompson made headlines for prosecuting public officials in Illinois

(Newser) - Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, whose prosecutions of public officials—including a predecessor—helped catapult him to become the state's longest-serving chief executive, has died, the AP reports. He was 84. Thompson, known as "Big Jim," died shortly after 8 p.m. Friday at the Shirley...

Finland to Get World's Youngest Prime Minister

Sanna Marin recently turned 34

(Newser) - Finland is about to get the youngest prime minister in its history—and 35-year-old Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk is about to lose his title as the world's youngest currently serving leader. Transport minister Sanna Marin, who turned 34 a few weeks ago, has been chosen to lead the...

Heckled Politician Pulls Out Trendy Internet Insult

New Zealand's Chloe Swarbrick wielded an 'OK, boomer' against older Parliament member

(Newser) - The war between the generations continues, this time Down Under. The "OK, boomer" phenomenon —an internet-driven trend in which millennials or members of Gen Z mock older folks they think are out of touch—took hold of a 25-year-old New Zealand politician Tuesday after she was heckled by...

S. Korean Pols Are Miffed. They're Revving Up the Razors

It's a protest against newly appointed justice minister hit with corruption allegations

(Newser) - Some people take to the streets with placards and T-shirts to protest. In South Korea, they shave their heads. Conservative opposition leader Hwang Kyo-ahn is the latest big name to go bald, allowing himself to be shorn Monday evening outside the presidential palace to demonstrate against the newly appointed justice...

At Confirmation Hearing, Woman Chastised for Being Childless

Critics are blasting remarks of S. Korea's Jeong Kab-yoon to female economics professor

(Newser) - A renowned economics professor in South Korea is the first female nominated to head up the country's fair-trade commission, but even though she seems to have the professional credentials, one politician says she's got one big gap that makes her nomination iffy: She's single and childless. "...

Politician Tweets Praise for Pilot's Feat ... in 'GTA 5'

'GTA 5' does have pretty realistic graphics—enough to fool this Pakistani politician

(Newser) - "Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster. Miraculous save by the pilot's presence of mind." Any pilot would be pleased to receive such kudos from a high-up politician. But Vice reports there was one problem when Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, secretary-general of...

Politician's New Ad Platform: Pornhub

Danish MP Joachim Olsen encourages voters to vote for him 'when you're done wanking'

(Newser) - "You have to be where the voters are," according to Danish politician Joachim Olsen—who explains that's why he's now advertising on Pornhub. "When you're done wanking, vote for Jokke," reads the ad, which refers to a nickname for Joachim and depicts the...

Merkel, German Politicians Hit by Data Breach

Addresses, phone numbers shared via Twitter on Friday

(Newser) - Personal data and documents on hundreds of German politicians and others have been posted online, and German cyber-defense experts were trying to figure out Friday how the information was obtained, per the AP . The data breach hit politicians at all levels—including the European, German, and state parliaments as well...

GOP Rep Resigns After Ex Says He Used Nude Pics to Catfish

Former girlfriend says Ill. state Rep. Nick Sauer posted 'sexually explicit' pics of her online

(Newser) - Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer is out of a job after his ex-girlfriend accused him of posting her nude photos on a fake Instagram account, then impersonating her in "graphic" conversations when men corresponded with who they believed was Kate Kelly, Politico reports. "As a result of the...

German Politician Caught With His Pants Down—Literally

Alexander Gauland's clothes stolen during swim

(Newser) - A far-right politician in Germany is battling some unfavorable press related to two incidents in a week, one rather comical, the other not at all. Alexander Gauland, 77, first drew censure over the weekend for comments addressed to the youth division of the Alternative for Germany party, the country's...

Lawmaker Kills Himself After Woman's Accusation

She said Dan Johnson molested her when she was 17

(Newser) - A state lawmaker in Kentucky under investigation for allegedly molesting a teenager posted a farewell message on Facebook and shot himself Wednesday night, police say. Rep. Dan Johnson died in what the coroner says was a "probable suicide" after posting that the accusations were false and only God knows...

New Allegations of Sex Misconduct, This Time in Congress

Current and former female lawmakers, including Mary Bono, reveal past instances of harassment

(Newser) - For years, GOP Rep. Mary Bono endured increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow House lawmaker. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he'd been thinking about her in the shower, she confronted the man, who she said still serves in Congress, telling him...

Crafty Politician Channels Frank Underwood, Goes Viral

He says he wanted 'the world's attention'

(Newser) - He might not have the speech-writing skills of Frank Underwood, but it appears he can spin a story just as well: Mexican politician Miguel Angel Covarrubias Cervantes shared a Facebook video Tuesday in which he delivers a speech that will sound awfully familiar to any fan of House of Cards ...

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