Loose Lips Sink Ships

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi speaks to supporters in Milan

Silvio Berlusconi's government has turned the gaffe into something of an art form. Since taking office 13 months ago, the Prime Minister and his key officials have managed to make rude or politically incorrect remarks about everything from the euro to Islamic civilization. One of their baldest blunders came last week from Interior Minister Claudio Scajola, 54, who was pressured to resign after two newspaper reporters quoted him referring to Marco Biagi — a labor ministry adviser assassinated in March by the Red Brigades terrorist group — as a "pain in the ass." Scajola, under fire for not having provided Biagi...

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