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February 5, 2010 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Got a chief aide? Don't abandon him for your mistress. That's the lesson of "The Politician" by Andrew Young. For all its salacious finger-pointing, Young's tell-all is really about a bromance gone bad. "Where he once called several times a day, he now never dialed my number," he writes. "When I got through to him, he kept the calls brief and guarded what he said." "He," of course, is John Edwards; when his affair with Rielle Hunter -- and Hunter's pregnancy -- hit the press, he persuaded Young to say the child was his. Then Young, his family and Hunter trundled off to a series of houses until the baby was born.
March 28, 2007 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
It was a campaign mob scene by California standards: 13 TV cameras and more than a dozen reporters gathered for the unveiling of John Edwards' plan to regulate coal-burning power plants. But when question time came, few cared much about clean technologies, or the "coal gasification process" that Edwards discussed as part of his proposal to fight global warming.
March 18, 2010 | Meghan Daum
Rielle Hunter's nearly 10,000-word GQ interview plus cringe- inducing photo spread (think bare legs, surrounded by stuffed animals) hit the media fan this week, but as far as I'm concerned, the definitive work on John Edwards' mistress-turned-baby-mama appeared on this page nearly two years ago. In an August 2008, Op-Ed writer Sarah Miller explained how she made Hunter's acquaintance when Hunter moved into a rented room in Benedict Canyon that...
July 9, 2004 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Two days after Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry announced his choice of North Carolina Sen. John Edwards as a running mate, there was little evidence of the event in Edwards' rural, industrial hometown. There were no banners, no balloons, no Kerry-Edwards lawn signs. Although the owner of the Capt. Snipper Salon and Day Spa had put up a hand-lettered poster on the morning of the announcement -- "Congradulations to John Edwards" -- that poster was gone by the next day.
February 2, 2004 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Ask John Edwards, the first-term senator from North Carolina, how he will fare in primaries in Missouri, Oklahoma or four other states up for grabs Tuesday and you won't get an answer. Expectations, he says, are set by others. Ask him how he'll do here in South Carolina, though, and he's unequivocal: "I expect to win," says Edwards, who was born 50 years ago in Seneca, a small mill town tucked into the state's western corner.
December 29, 2006 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
With the ruins of New Orleans as his backdrop, former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards on Thursday called on Americans to take action against poverty, global warming and other troubles as he officially launched his 2008 campaign for president. "We can't wait for someone else to do this for us," the onetime U.S. senator from North Carolina said from a muddy 9th Ward backyard where volunteers were fixing a home gutted by Hurricane Katrina.
October 13, 2004 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
This, said a wry Jay Leno, host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC, is a new John Edwards. Gone was Mr. Sunshine of the presidential primary; absent was the low-key No. 2 whose ability to be a vice presidential attack dog has been doubted. Tuesday, late-night audiences saw a candidate who questioned President Bush's manliness. Even the audience seemed surprised. So who's going to win the race, was one of Leno's first questions, as Edwards strode on stage fresh from his regular five-mile jog.
April 9, 2010 | Sandy Banks
Sandra Bullock. Elizabeth Edwards. Elin Nordegren Woods. That roll-call of cheated-on wives is prompting plenty of conversation in my household these days. My now-grown daughters are trying to figure out how such powerful, high-profile men could consort so carelessly with a procession of B-list porn stars, wackos and strippers. Weren't their smart, beautiful wives enough? Apparently the explanation is part character, part chemical. At least that's my take on the work of social psychologist Deborah Gruenfeld, a Stanford business school professor who has spent 10 years studying what happens to people psychologically when they find themselves in positions of power.
March 4, 2004 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
John Edwards made a heartfelt departure from the presidential race Wednesday, with aides saying he likely would agree to serve as John F. Kerry's running mate on the Democratic ticket if such an offer were made. Edwards, who brought passion and optimism to his 14-month candidacy, bowed out at a rally at the high school two of his children attended, including a son who died in 1996 at age 16 in a car accident.
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