John Edwards says he’s not the baby’s daddy

After denying the allegations of extramarital affairs on numerous occasions, former presidential hopeful John Edward finally admits to having an affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter today, but has stated that he is not the father of her child. Although denying this claim, National Enquirer editor David Perel absolutely believes Edwards fathered Hunter’s baby. Edwards told ABC News that he told his wife Elizabeth, as well as others in his family, about the affair in 2006.

The National Enquirer initially reported the allegations in October, and reported a new story in July when the tabloids encountered him at a Beverly Hills, Calif. hotel, where Hunter and her child were staying.

I must say it is quite sad hearing this story, involving a charismatic and loving politician. Being that his wife has been suffering from an incurable form of cancer, adds fuel to the fire. Like Hillary Clinton said during a campaign stop for Senator Obama when asked about the scandal, “My thoughts and prayers are with the Edwards family…”

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Immigration Cruncher

Immigration is a serious topic for me but at the same time it’s becoming
worn out. This issue has brought heated arguments with a friend of mine and
every time I say that I don’t believe that ALL illegal immigrants should be
legalized she always says “There just like us and deserve the opportunity”.

I crossed the border for more opportunities and that’s how I’ve learned to
respect the country that has allowed me to stay as a legal resident. My
friend on the other hand is still on the waiting list in order to get her
residency. I understand that obtaining a green card was much easier during
my time (90’s) but once 9/11 all that changed and its become a battle for
undocumented immigrants.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-immigrant but I do believe that living in
this country is a privilege. That is why I do agree that in order to stay in
this country people should have a decent record- no felonies. My friend
calls it discrimination but I call it awareness or even prevention. One of
the things that we both agreed on was that immigrants are crucial to the
economy and deserve our respect and equality.

It hurts to see how companies take advantage of them by not paying them what
they should. I know it’s a critical topic but it’s time that this issue is
taken seriously because it’s driving immigrants to the limit. I know because
I’ve seen families that have fallen into the fast life for quick cash.

Personal Budget

I was watching the Spanish news with my parents yesterday and the story that grabbed my attention was about a family who were forced to sell their personal belongings for a quick buck. I can’t imagine myself selling my gold necklace that was giving to me by my parents for my quinceañera. I’m thankful that I haven’t seen myself in that need but I do understand the motivation behind it. It’s upsetting to see how the financial crisis has pushed people to the limit. I used to believe that the United States– being such a powerful nation and known as the land of opportunities– couldn’t suffer this way. I guess there comes a time where even the strongest ruler has to step down sometimes. Of course my family is not like the one I saw on the news but we are suffering some of the same problems. Take my own for example: I’m young and as teenager there are some rules I’ve come across such as having fun as much as you can. But with gas almost reaching 5 dollars I’m about to break that rule. I own a small Nissan Sentra that used to get filled up with 25 dollars and now it takes 40 dollars. If you ask me, I could have used that extra fifteen dollars to get my nails done or something lol. I’m not a parent or a homeowner but I’m still financially hurting. As a college student money is already short but with inflation raising my pockets have been shrinking. I’ve had to put my female needs to the side and start helping more at home. In a strange way this crisis has made me more responsible, but I’ve learned enough and its time that things start changing. I hate seeing families suffering because of this. It brings me flashbacks of how people in my home country were suffering. Don’t be mistaken and believe that this problem is only affecting US citizens, because most developing countries like mine are hurting even more. My family members in El Salvador say the cost of food has increased too much for them to consider having a decent meal everyday. Instead they have to get use to having beans and rice three times a day. So for now my nails are going to have to wait until this situation gets better.

Monday Mid-Day Round-Up

7.9 Magnitude Quake In China Kills Thousands

CHINA- The death toll, standing already at 8,533 people, is expected to rise after a massive earthquake rocks central China.  [CNN]

Prom Dress Gets Teen Arrested

HOUSTON, TX- 17 year old Marche Taylor wound up in handcuffs at her prom when school officials objected to her dress as being too reveling. [Huffington Post]

Hundreds Arrested In Iowa Immigration Raid

POSTVILLE, IA- Federal agents expect to make between 600 and 700 arrests in a raid on the country’s largest kosher meat packing plant. [Des Moines Register, via Drudge]

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Today is May Day

For the past two years the first of May has seen major mobilizations in the immigrants right’s movement. Today is no exception. From Youth Radio LA’s blog:

People are planning to mobilize in Los Angeles in recognition of workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, and in solidarity with those who make global consumer culture and economy churn everyday. Los Angeles May Day has taken on the character of justice and support for Immigrant’s rights.

Youth Radio LA will be covering the mobilizations in Los Angeles all day, with fresh pictures and audio posting direct to their blog. Follow the coverage live.

In addition Youth Radio’s webradio will be broadcasting live from 4-5 PM PDT on the topic on our live stream.

Popularity to the Extreme

What do eight teens do when they are bored? Well, in Polk County, Florida, eight teens decided to invite a sixteen year old girl over and beat her up. The motive was so to film it and put it online, for the eight to gain popularity. The popularity was not what they expected, its a popular story in the “Crime section” of the news. They are now being tried as adults with charges for multiple crimes.

What I see of the situation is that people are using the internet as their battleground; like these teens must have needed something more than sending a mean comment to their victim’s Myspace page. Online videos have made ironic situations where the suspects of the crime provide the evidence for the crime they committed. If this is just the start of physical crimes on the internet, it’s hard to imagine what level people will take it to in the future.

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-David Leipper

Where I Get My News

[Ed. Note: This week’s Question is: When it comes to News, who do you trust. Nico Savidge of Meet The Mess and The Savidge World of Sports reports in.]

My dad likes to wake up early in the morning and enjoy is coffee with a copy of the New York Times in front of him. As he munches on granola or shredded wheat, my dad learns what’s happening in the world – I do nearly the same thing, but (seeing as I’m 17, and not 57 like my dad) I get my news in a more hi-tech way. When I have breakfast, I don’t fold out the “Old Grey Lady” and flip through the sections. Instead, I’ve signed up for e-mail updates from the Washington Post and Reuters, meaning I get the headlines delivered to my inbox each morning. Thanks to the popularity of internet updates, I can get the latest news alongside “Oakland Athletics Postgame Alerts” and “The Urban Dictionary Word of the Day.” –Nico Savidge