“A call girl working for alleged ‘Millionaire Madam’ Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards when he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid, DNAinfo has learned.” Edwards “categorically denies”. DNAinfo “stands by its story”.

Another Republican caught in scandal. Claims he was ’shopped.

Gawker breaks story after other people report it.

“Ted Haggard will make a cameo as himself in a Christian sex comedy promoting abstinence, with the tagline ‘abstinence never felt so good.'” [TPM]

Back in fifth grade, our progressive sex-ed book had a picture of a nekkid boy, weenie out, which got us all excited — that meant just a few pages later we’d see a nekkid girl.

But the publishers used a drawing instead. Bastids.

Kids today don’t know how good they have it:

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The Palin family continues its quest to be the real-life version of The Aristocrats:

Bristol Palin is hitting the speakers’ circuit and will command between $15,000 and $30,000 for each appearance, Palin family attorney Thomas Van Flein said Monday.

Van Flein confirmed a report by celebrity news website RadarOnline that the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has signed with Single Source Speakers. He added her exact fees will depend on factors such as which group she’s addressing and what she must to do prepare.

Bristol Palin, 19, is listed on the speaking group’s website as available for conferences, fundraisers, special events and holidays, as well as women’s, youth, abstinence and “pro-life” programs.

Remember, kids, practice safe sex and wait until marriage, lest you end up like Bristol Palin, a wealthy celebrity who will never have to work a day in her life.

Bristol Palin to hit speakers’ circuit [AP, via Political Wire]

Neanderthals mated with some modern humans after all and left their imprint in the human genome, a team of biologists has reported in the first detailed analysis of the Neanderthal genetic sequence.” [NYT]

I don’t suppose there’s a way to impeach a Pope:

The Pope played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests, according to a shocking documentary to be screened by the BBC tonight.

In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church’s interests ahead of child safety.

Of course – cover up the crimes of pasty-white priests … who cares about parishioners?

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