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
  • Kansas politicians behaving shamefully in front of children - Chicago Tribune
    In balancing the budget on the backs of children, Kansas politicians are behaving shamefully.
    05/4/2015 - 1:54 pm | View Link
  • Editorial: Enter the un-politicians for 2016 - Washington Post
    AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY rich ones, have a grand tradition of thinking they can do politics better than the politicians.
    05/4/2015 - 9:03 am | View Link
  • Letter: Politicians are good people trying their best - Salt Lake Tribune
    In society today we have a habit of putting down politicians and looking at everything that they have done wrong rather than look at all of...
    05/4/2015 - 8:07 am | View Link
  • Who really governs Britain? (Hint: It's not politicians) - CNN
    Story highlights Politicians' capacity to affect even their own domestic environment is constrained by forces beyond their control, writes Anthony
    05/3/2015 - 1:14 pm | View Link
  • Fewer politicians are better - Brantford Expositor
    Fewer politicians are better - Belleville Intelligencer
    05/3/2015 - 8:22 am | View Link
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  • Pay politicians like movie stars!
    If there's one thing everyone agrees is very bad, it's cronyism. And it really is very, very bad. Think of all the industries that are susceptible to political influence-peddling: defense, energy, health care, education, real estate, automotive, banking ...
    05/22/2015 - 12:23 am | View Link
  • Politicians launch desperate bid to keep Britain in EU – but they don't even live here
    Wolfgang Schaeuble, the country's finance minister, said that Germany had a "huge interest" in the UK being a "strong and engaged" member of the EU. He has invited Chancellor George Osborne to Berlin to discuss plans to renegotiate Britain's role in Europe ...
    05/22/2015 - 12:09 am | View Link
  • Orthodox Jewish newspaper airbrushes out female politicians from front page photograph (but forgets to erase one of the women's feet)
    You could be forgiven in thinking that Israel's newly-appointed government contains no women...if you only read the country's ultra-Orthodox press. Religious news outlets across the country made the controversial decision to edit a photograph of the new ...
    05/21/2015 - 10:38 pm | View Link
  • Politicians learn how to attract more meetings business at IMEX Politicians Forum
    A unique annual event in the meetings industry calendar, this year’s Forum gave politicians an essential insight and appreciation of how the benefits from meetings and events go well beyond valuable tourism revenue. “How Do I Attract More Meetings and ...
    05/21/2015 - 8:32 pm | View Link
  • HAMILTON: Nonprofessional politicians and amateur voters got us here
    We already know what amateur politicians can do to a city. Just look around and virtually everything that you see shouts the results. That’s why I just slowly shake my head from side-to-side in total bewilderment when I hear candidates for public office ...
    05/21/2015 - 8:12 pm | View Link
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  • Politicians Quotes
    Politicians Quotes from BrainyQuote, an extensive collection of quotations by famous authors, celebrities, and newsmakers.
    05/19/2015 - 12:26 am | View Link
  • 2014 Congress | OpenSecrets
    Congress. The House of Representatives has 435 members, the Senate has 100, and OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all of them. Some of the leaders - and ...
    05/18/2015 - 11:43 pm | View Link
  • The Best Politics Lists
    Faves: Politicians. Top Fave in Politicians The Most Influential Politicians in American History + vote The Most Popular Democrats That Were Once Republicans
    05/18/2015 - 5:45 pm | View Link
  • Politician | Define Politician at Dictionary.com
    Politician suggests the schemes and devices of a person who engages in (especially small) politics for party ends or for one's own advantage: a dishonest politician.
    05/18/2015 - 2:53 pm | View Link
  • Politician | Definition of politician by Merriam-Webster
    Full Definition of POLITICIAN. 1: a person experienced in the art or science of government; especially: one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government
    05/18/2015 - 1:20 pm | View Link
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