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Brown Aide Resigns in Shame

Karl Rove, you may have a soul mate on the other side of the Atlantic: One of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's closest advisers, Damien McBride, has resigned after emails surfaced in which McBride discussed setting up a Web site with a left-wing blogger in order to spread sordid, false rumors about opposition leaders—and even their wives. Brown denied he knew about the operation and said there was "no place in politics for the dissemination or publication of material of this kind," but the scandal is a rough blow to the already embattled British leader.