Look | A Bad Week for Politicians and Penn State

It's been a tough week for GOP presidential candidates, European prime ministers, sports legends, media moguls and Hollywood stars.

Take a look at some of the folks for whom things didn't quite go quite according to plan.

Bowing to political and market pressures, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, shown here at an October 2010 press conference, announced on Tuesday he would step down as prime minister as soon as legislation he is crafting to address the Italian debt crisis is passed by Italy's Parliament. READ MORE >


Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain held a press conference on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, to address allegations that he had sexually harassed several women during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association. READ MORE >

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Eddie Murphy (l) and Brett Ratner (c), pictured here with Paul Haggis (r) at an event in February, dropped out as host and co-producer, respectively, of next year's Oscars telecast. Ratner resigned on Tuesday after using an anti-gay slur at a public event. Murphy, currently starring in Ratner's film "Tower Heist," quit the broadcast on Wednesday. READ MORE >

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Texas Governor Rick Perry stumbled during the GOP presidential debate in Michigan on Wednesday. While pledging to eliminate three federal agencies if elected president, Perry could only remember two: the Departments of Education and Commerce. "Oops," he said. Perry later confirmed that the Department of Energy was the third agency facing the ax if he is elected to the nation's top post. READ MORE >

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Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno
Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno

Penn State head football coach and Brooklyn native Joe Paterno oversaw his final practice on Wednesday afternoon. Penn State announced late Wednesday night that Paterno was being fired, along with the university president, Graham B. Spanier, in the wake of an unfolding sexual abuse scandal allegedly involving a former member of Paterno's staff. READ MORE >

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Outgoing Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou leaves the Greek Presidential palace in Athens on Thursday. Papandreou resigned as Greece's Prime Minister on Sunday. Lucas Papademos, a former European Central Bank deputy, will replace him as Greece struggles to right its economy. READ MORE >


James Murdoch leaves Portcullis House in London on Thursday after testifying before members of Parliament for a second time about the phone hacking scandal that has rocked News Corporation, the international media company chaired by Rupert Murdoch, James's father. READ MORE >

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