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My tally is in my head rather than on my laptop. Not being a high-flying politician, I guess my enemies are fewer and easier to remember than hers are.

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Album: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Mirror Traffic (Domino)

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Edwards told he must pay for illegal affairs

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) approved a final audit yesterday that concludes former US presidential candidate John Edwards's campaign owes the government more than $2m.

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The latest track to emerge from Stephen Malkmus's new album, Mirror Traffic – produced by Beck, made with the Jicks – ahead of its 22 August release is the upbeat jaunt "Senator".

Sex comment 'sabotaged my campaign', says Irish presidential candidate

The man tipped to be Ireland's first openly gay president said his campaign has been sabotaged by the re-emergence of decade-old remarks about the age of consent and incest.

Senator John Ensign quits over affair

Nevada Republican John Ensign, who admitted having an extramarital affair with a campaign staff member, has announced that he will resign from the US Senate on 3 May.

Stephen Foley: Why Goldman boss is not going to prison

US Outlook: The idea of prosecuting Lloyd Blankfein for perjury is a non-starter, regardless of whether you think it an outrage that neither he nor any of his subordinates at Goldman Sachs is behind bars.

Senator fights to switch off bright lights of Vegas sex trade

What happens in Vegas... could be about to get a tiny bit more respectable. Heated debate has broken out among the good citizens of Nevada after their best-known lawmaker, Senator Harry Reid, called for an end to the free-wheeling libertarianism that has made it the only place in America where prostitution is legal.

Victor's Crown, by David Potter

What earthly relevance can ancient Greece, Rome and Byzantium have to today's sports fan?

'Psy-ops' team accused of targeting US senators

The top United States commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, has ordered an investigation into allegations that members of a psychological-operations team – known as psy-ops – were ordered to target American Senators and other dignitaries visiting the country to help to persuade them to provide new troops and money.

Emanuel in lead to be Chicago Mayor

Voters in Chicago were choosing a successor to longtime Mayor Richard Daley yesterday, with former White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel leading the pack. It was the first time in two decades that Mr Daley was not listed on the ballot.

Republican Senator reveals abuse as a child

The Republican US Senator who shook the American political landscape just over one year ago by snatching the US Senate seat in Massachusetts that had been held for decades by the late Ted Kennedy, reveals in a new memoir that he was molested as a child while at summer camp and got into trouble for shop-lifting.

Brian Cowen vows to remain leader of Fianna Fail

Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen tonight confirmed he would remain as leader of his ruling Fianna Fail party.

Former senator is killed in Alaskan seaplane crash

Ted Stevens, the former US Senator who for years reigned as the dominant and most beloved political power in Alaska, was killed in a light aircraft accident yesterday, a family spokesman confirmed last night. Sometimes known to Alaskans as "Uncle Ted", he was believed to be one of five people killed in the crash. Another four were injured.

US Senator ready to bring al-Megrahi inquiry to UK

A US Senate committee is ready to send members to the UK to question British witnesses on the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds, it emerged yesterday.

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