In the realm of politics and celebrity, the era of open secrets is over. Not only are private dalliances not publicly accepted, they're a valuable commodity in media circles. Before the news of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged attack on a hotel housekeeper could be digested, the vague details of Arnold Schwarzenegger's extramarital, lovechild-rearing affair became a national sensation. And, just as John Edwards' name had all but disappeared from the tabloid's lexicon, it was reported earlier this week that the former presidential hopeful is seeking a plea-deal to avoid a grand-jury indictment.
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