Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

Photo courtesy of Mike Paul

House calls

Politics | The biblical counsel of Mike Paul, a.k.a. "The Reputation Doctor," could help embattled politicians like Tim Mahoney save their careers
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/21/08, 12:00 am

When congressional sex scandals start plastering the headlines, one New York public relations expert has a secret that can save the careers of embattled politicians like Rep. Tim Mahoney.

His advice? Own up-to everything, even scandals reporters haven't uncovered. Radical, sincere repentance is the only answer to scandal, said Mike "The Reputation Doctor" Paul, not just for Mahoney, D-Fla., to win reelection, but to be right with God.

Read more

AP/Photo by Dave Schwarz (The St. Cloud Times)

Turning up the heat

Politics | Rep.
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/21/08, 12:00 am

Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (Minn.) is getting more reaction to her recent comments on television than she expected.

After saying on MSNBC's "Hardball" that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama "may have anti-American views," Bachmann found herself fending off criticism from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

On Sunday she told WCCO-TV in Minneapolis that her comments about Obama had been misread.

Read more

Associated Press/M. Spencer Green

Supreme Court will hear immigration case

Courts | To determine future sentencing for illegal immigrants, the Supreme Court will hear a case on identity theft
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/20/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear a case on whether illegal immigrants on trial can be prosecuted for aggravated identity theft if they didn't know that their fabricated identifications were stealing a real person's identity.

In May hundreds of undocumented workers were arrested in a raid on a meatpacking plant in Iowa. Federal courts have split on decisions on what kind of accusations can be brought against these immigrants and others already under prosecution.

Read more