2. The BP oil spill has been repeatedly called the biggest environmental disaster in American history. Leaving wildlife and the Gulf coast economy devastated, BP’s CEO only made matters worse when he said “I’d like my life back” and the proceeded to hop aboard his yacht as dead birds and economic strife filled the Gulf.
3. New York Rep. Charlie Rangel spiced up his ethics trial by walking out, declaring he was too broke to pay for representation and throwing himself a lavish birthday party during the proceedings. The strategy didn’t go over so well as he was found guilty of 11 ethics violations, more
4. It was a rough year for the Gore family. Not long after the former vice president separated from his wife, a masseuse accused Gore of behaving like a crazed sex poodle and fondling her inappropriately. Police eventually ruled that there wasn’t any real evidence and analysts suggested it was an empty National Enquirer fueled storyline, but the accusations left an undeniable stain.
5. General Stanley McChrystal, the architect of the surge in Afghanistan, is likely still furious at himself for agreeing to a profile by a Rolling Stone reporter. Amid light-hearted details like McChrystal’s love of BudLight Lime, the story more
6. One of the most powerful Republicans in the country faces the possibility of life behind bars. In November, former U.S. House Majority Leader –- and Dancing with the Stars participant — Tom DeLay was convicted of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates. more
7. Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left a voicemail for Anita Hill, asking for an apology in October. Anita Hill, you might remember, accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991 (when this photograph was taken). The timing of Mrs. more
8. Oops, I didn’t realize she wasn’t here legally? It’s an awkward revelation for any candidate, but particularly one with a strong anti-undocumented immigrant platform such as former eBay CEO and California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Making matters even worse, more
9. Shirley Sherrod got accused of racism from all sides — the NAACP, conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart and the Obama administration — and was forced out of her job at the Department of Agriculture before anyone knew what she’d actually said. more
10. It’s too soon to assess the full extent of WikiLeaks impact on the world. Regardless of whether you think Julian Assange is a terrorist or a hero, however, there’s no denying that he’s a scandal-maker. His organization’s release of thousands of confidential diplomatic cables more