This year's Sept. 11 anniversary in New York will be the first in which politicians are excluded from speaking at the commemoration ceremony at ground zero. The 9/11 memorial foundation sent a letter to victims' families Wednesday and released a copy to The Associated Press.
Certain personality traits will win you friends and influence. But character flaws can topple even the most charismatic of politicians. Failed marriages, sexuality and suspect finances have killed a number of careers.