Why Politicians Lie

Richard Nixon

From Richard Nixon -- "I'm not a crook" -- to John Edwards -- "The story is false ... ridiculous," those in power often lie, and voters often let them get away with it.

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  • Original ricin suspect was held despite evidence pointing to another man
    After keeping Elvis impersonator James Kevin Curtis in jail for a week, interrogating him while he was chained to a chair and turning his house upside down, federal authorities had no confession or physical evidence tying him to the ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and other public officials. More
  • What Anthony Weiner could learn from Mark Sanford
    Anthony Weiner says he will soon decide whether to run for mayor of New York. As the former congressman weighs the pros and cons, he might want to keep an eye on Mark Sanford's comeback attempt in South Carolina. More
  • Bill Clinton joins Twitter, for realBill Clinton joins Twitter, for real
    Former President Bill Clinton has officially joined Twitter, using the handle @billclinton. Excited to join @chelseaclinton and my good friend @stephenathome on Twitter! — Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 25, 2013 More
  • Six politicians plead not guilty in alleged NYC mayor's race plotSix politicians plead not guilty in alleged NYC mayor's race plot
    New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith and five other politicians pleaded not guilty Tuesday to corruption charges in connection with an alleged plot to buy a line on New York City's mayoral ballot. The allegations revived public concerns about a documented culture of exploitation in Albany that has prompted officials to seek legal recourse to induce change. More
  • Feds charge Bronx Assemblyman Stevenson, 4 others in new bribe schemeFeds charge Bronx Assemblyman Stevenson, 4 others in new bribe scheme
    Feds busted a Bronx assemblyman today for allegedly pocketing envelopes of cash to push legislation in Albany — marking the second corruption case against a state lawmaker this week. Assemblyman Eric Stevenson [D-Bronx] got caught in a sting operation in which two co-defendants paid bribes to another, unidentified assemblyman who was cooperating with authorities, according to the Manhattan US Attorney's Office. More
  • Cantillon: politicians up to their necks in Irish Water debacle - Irish Times
    This is not the first time law-abiding citizens have been left high and dry financially by dithering politicians.
    05/21/2016 - 3:43 pm | View Link
  • Israel’s Army Goes to War With Its Politicians - New York Times
    Here, politicians blatantly trample the state’s values and laws and seek belligerent solutions, while the chiefs of the Israel Defense...
    05/21/2016 - 2:52 pm | View Link
  • Kenya: Meru clergy and Njuri Ncheke ban politicians from addressing ... - East African Standard
    ... speaking in Meru, asked politicians to respect hallowed church grounds when they attend services. Bishop Kiogora said while politicians are...
    05/21/2016 - 8:29 am | View Link
  • Doctor: If politicians really want to reduce abortions in Florida ... - Orlando Sentinel
    Politicians in Florida are not helping, and their disingenuous attacks toward Planned Parenthood and other providers of safe and legal access...
    05/21/2016 - 8:19 am | View Link
  • Some politicians are impervious to fact-checking - Chicago Tribune
    ... in The Washington Post, Anne Applebaum blamed the social media for making it "easier for politicians, partisans, computerized 'bots' and...
    05/20/2016 - 4:26 am | View Link
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  • Female politicians face attacks on gender issues
    Canada's female politicians have been speaking out a great deal lately, in ways that aren't overtly partisan, about their experiences as women and the gendered policy gaps they see. This is heartening, but it is -- and should be -- a careful calculation.
    05/24/2016 - 9:22 pm | View Link
  • Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: How Republican politicians can survive a Clinton or Trump administration
    For Republicans officials and candidates, these are harrowing times. Throw your lot in with Donald Trump or stand up to the bully billionaire? Stand firm on social issues or recognize the ship has sailed? They are sailing in uncharted waters where any ...
    05/24/2016 - 7:17 pm | View Link
  • A voter edge over politicians
    Many prospective voters are despairing over having to pick either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as our next president. But at least they have until Nov. 8 to make that decision — and even then, don’t have to reveal their choices. Politicians, though ...
    05/24/2016 - 5:18 pm | View Link
  • In a nasty campaign, can politicians play nice?
    Carol Costello anchors the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET edition of CNN's "Newsroom" each weekday. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers. (CNN)I laughed when I first heard about the National Institute for Civil Discourse -- a nonpartisan research ...
    05/24/2016 - 4:32 pm | View Link
  • Politicians have sucked the joy out of Chicago
    I am a retired Chicago Public Schools teacher who is concerned about the deteriorating conditions in our city and state. We have a governor who is very rich and doesn’t need to receive a salary. That’s good for him — but he shows little or no concern ...
    05/24/2016 - 10:34 am | View Link
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  • Politician
    Identity. Politicians are people who are politically active, especially in party politics. Positions range from local offices to executive, legislative ...
    05/22/2016 - 1:47 pm | View Website
  • Hillary Clinton Says She's Looking Beyond Politicians in ...
    Hillary Clinton says she’s looking beyond just politicians as she begins her search for a potential running mate. “I think we should look widely and broadly ...
    05/22/2016 - 5:54 am | View Website
  • Politician | Definition of Politician by Merriam-Webster
    Define politician: someone who is active in government usually as an elected official—politician in a sentence.
    05/20/2016 - 11:29 pm | View Website
  • The Best Politics Lists
    Politics & History lists at Ranker - the ultimate source for top 10, top 100, best of, funny, factual, and Politics & History lists of any kind
    05/20/2016 - 9:27 pm | View Website
  • Quotes About Politicians (294 quotes)
    294 quotes have been tagged as politicians: George Bernard Shaw: ‘He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political...
    05/20/2016 - 8:23 pm | View Website
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