Sex scandals seem to plague both Democrats and Republicans through tweets, text messages and, in Larry Craig's case, games of bathroom stall footsie. Rep. AnthonyÂ Weiner's recent admission of lying about tweeting out some embarrassing photos has landed him in the political sex scandal hall of fame. But let's not forget some other uncomfortable moments of politicians backpedaling their way to the truth. Wouldn't it be easier to admit it off the bat?
When your name is Weiner... - You'd think that having a name like his would be motivation enough to stay out of trouble, especially the kind where you expose your...well, you know.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2011/06/06/bts.weiner.denial.admission.cnn"%5D
Stand by your man - You may remember the prostitution ring bust involving Deborah Jeane Palfrey, also known as the "D.C. Madam."Â Here's the confession of one of her more well-known clients, Sen.Â David Vitter.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2011/06/07/bts.vitter.apology.statement.cnn"%5D
The Casey Anthony trial could be one of the most dramatic court cases since the O.J. Simpson criminal proceedings. The gut-wrenching testimony and reaction from Casey's parents spurred interest in what they had to say back in 2008 when Caylee was still missing. Here are some telling moments from the trial and from jail conversations Casey had with her parents.
The drowning theoryÂ – In 2008, Casey Anthony brushes off what her mom says is a media allegation that CayleeÂ drowned in a pool. She then goes on to assure her mom that she knows in her heart that Caylee is okay.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2011/06/02/anthony.vault.pool.ocsd"%5D
Ashamed, embarrassed, betrayed. These are words you'll most certainly hear when celebrities look back on those pesky sex tapes that accidentally got leaked. But you won't hear them complaining about the ticket to fame that came along with it.
Paris who? – By now, you've probably heard about Paris Hilton's leaked sex tape. In fact, that's probably how you knew who she was in the first place. Here, she tells CNN's Piers Morgan how she regrets the sex tape she made. What's most notable in the interview is the teary reaction from her mom that will make you want to wiggle right out of your chair.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/05/31/exp.piers.morgan.paris.hilton.cnn"%5D
The list of successful ventriloquists is pretty short. It might be because they are just so darned creepy. One thing is clear, it takes some serious talent to laugh at your own joke made via a puppet.
Singer, comedian, ventriloquistÂ – Terry Fator has not only mastered the art of ventriloquism, but has managed to fuse it with his ability to sing. Here, Piers Morgan talks to the 2007 "America's Got Talent" winner about his success as a singing ventriloquist.
It's that time of year. Recent grads are pouring into the world bright-eyed and full of commencement wisdom. These are a few of our favorite commencement speeches that may or may not contain worthy wisdom but will surely keep your attention.
School of hard knocks – You can bet these Harvard graduates in 2003 remember their graduation day regardless of how hung-over they might have been. When comedian Will Ferrell shows up wearing a boating outfit, it would be hard to forget.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/05/16/vault.ferrell.graduation.2003.wbz"%5D
Every now and then a video emerges that highlights the pitfalls of live reporting. The most recent occurrence includes a reporter from WWBT who becomes the unfortunate target of a camel. There are only so many things reporters and producers can control once the cameras are rolling . These videos show the handful of times when things don't quite go as planned.
Real angry birds – You can almost guarantee that when reporting anywhere near animals, they will somehow misbehave. Unfortunately, this reporter was the target of some angry pelicans.
People are not the only ones being forced out of their homes by the rising waters of the Mississippi. The water has wildlife big and small heading for the hills. These are some of the stories of the unforseen consequences of disastrous flooding.
Wildlife displaced by floodingÂ – All creatures great and smallÂ haveÂ started to head for higher ground as the waters rise.Â As Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal points out, it sounds comical, but it may actually become a problem as wildlife like deer and raccoons start to populate urban areas.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/05/11/dnt.wildlife.la.flood.wafb"%5D
Inevitably there will be swollen rivers that catch people before they can escape and, each year, brave rescuers wade into rising waters to help others to safety. In light of the extreme flooding of the mighty Mississippi, we've highlighted some of the most courageous rescues from past flooding episodes.
Teen clings to tree in swollen river – This video shows the harrowing rescue of Raquel Dawson, a teenager who had decided to walk to work and was caught in a flash flood in Oklahoma City. For more, you can watch a full interview with the teen here.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2010/06/14/vo.ok.flood.victim.tree.kwtv.kotv"%5D
The recent mission to capture and kill Osama bin Laden has only underscored the need for military canine units. It was recently revealed that part of the SEAL teamÂ included a dog , who was choppered in to help identify possible threats to his team. These videos highlight stories of heroic military dogs during times of peace and war.
Deployed canines honoredÂ – A dog who survives six IEDÂ explosions surely deserves a war monument. Jacko is just one of many dogs to be honored at the F. Walton working dog memorial.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/05/06/natpkg.faithful.partners.upd.cnn"%5D
Even as the president jokingly proclaimed he was carrying an ID to prove his citizenship, it seems the "birther" movement just won't let up. These are the latest fiery interviews that seem to be fueling the movement.
'Blowhard and a phony' – Those are some strong words for Donald Trump from New York Times journalist Christopher Byron. Last night, Â Trump continued to question President Obama while sparring with CNN's John King . This is Byron's fierce analysis of the feud.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/04/28/exp.am.intv.byron.cnn"%5D
Many residents of St. Louis are glad to be safe after a category EF4 tornado ripped through the area over the weekend. These are just a few videos of the destruction.
TornadoÂ slams airport – Upon first glance, this silent surveillance video of Lambert Airport in St. Louis looks as if there's an invisible vacuum inhaling debris.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2011/04/23/vo.lambert.surveillance.cnn"%5D
In light of Vice President Joe Biden's recent napping episode caught on cam here, we thought we'd dig up some of our best naptime videos featuring your favorite sleepy politicians.
Napping greatest hitsÂ – Our very own Jeanne Moos highlights political napping that goes back to the Reagan administration, when the president nodded off in front of Pope John Paul II, and Dick Cheney taking a snooze at a briefing.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/offbeat/2008/01/22/moos.greatest.naps.cnn"%5D
We thought we'd bring you some of our most memorable awkward airport pat-down moments after hearing all the buzz from this video. Here, a 6-year-old is filmed by her parents as she gets the full TSA pat-down treatment at an airport in New Orleans.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/04/13/dnt.tsa.pats.down.child.wwl"%5D
Okay, it's not officially "Snake Week" here at CNN, but it sure feels like it. Eyes have been glued to the story about the missing (and now found) snake at the Bronx Zoo and now, another snake story has emerged. Here are some of our favorite videos and interviews from our unofficial "Snake Week."
Scaly bathroom buddy? – One man got an unexpected, early morning surprise when he headed into his bathroom. Nestled on his heating vent was a coiled, three-foot boa constrictor.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/04/07/dnt.surprise.snake.bathroom.WTVR"%5D
Things often go haywire on the highway but aren't caught on tape. Today however, we bring you three gripping videos that show what happens when things don't go as planned on the road.
Plywood missile – Our team at American Morning showed this harrowing clip where a woman filming two trucks on the road gets a 2×4 through her window.
A terrified but brave young soldier was rescued by her fellow soldiers in an Iraqi hospital eight years ago today. You may remember Private Jessica Lynch's story as the first successful rescue of a female prisoner of war. We've put together some video that tells her story and where she is now.
Daring nighttime rescueÂ – Video leaked several years after her rescue shows the moment when U.S. military came to her aide after being held in a hospital for nine days.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/03/24/vault.jessica.lynch.rescue.03.cnn"%5D
Today's Gotta Watch video is a potpourri of celebration, history, and architecture.
Nonviolence changes a nation – It was 46 years ago that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Selma-to-Montgomery Freedom March. The event went down in history as not only a turning point in the civil rights movement but also one of the most successful acts of nonviolent protests. The event remains relevant today because of its historical significance and because of the many parallels between the movement and today's events in the Middle East, as Nicolaus Mills points out here.
Detroit has lost a quarter of its population in the past decade. That's about 237,000 people, according to new Census figures. Lawmakers blame crime, political scandals, the collapse of the automobile industry, the housing market ... and the list goes on. However, things in Detroit aren't all bad. These videos underscore some of the great things happening in the Motor City.
Seeing past urban decay – Nothing positive in Detroit? Our friends over at VBS don't think so. They meet artists and musicians who say Detroit is a blank canvas full of possibility.[cnn-videoÂ url="http://cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2010/09/29/vbs.palladium.detroit.vbs"%5D