Political Corruption

CHICAGO - Despite accusing his opponent of offering vague fairy tales, Gov.

BELL, Calif. - There was a time in this modest blue-collar community when Mayor Oscar Hernandez was all but hailed as a superhero, the big friendly guy who said hello to everybody when he wasn't busy greeting them at his venerable corner grocery store.

NEW YORK - The rogues at the heart of two embarrassing years of corruption accusations, partisan gridlock and dirty politics in the New York state Senate were forcefully ejected by voters Tuesday, leaving in tatters the web of political alliances that had long insulated the two Democrats.

SAO PAULO - Two front-page scandals and increasingly bitter attacks by her rival are not slowing down Brazil's ruling party presidential candidate.
Congress to tread carefully in run-up to election
WASHINGTON - Congress returns this week with embattled Democrats torn between trying to show they have the economic answers and fearing the further wrath of voters over new government programs.
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