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John Edwards acknowledges love-child with Rielle Hunter, as tell-all book nears

John Edwards acknowledges love-child with Rielle Hunter, as tell-all book nears

If you like your politics rare and juicy, it doesn't get any better than the John Edwards fall, which will soon be laid out in

With the book scheduled for a Feb. 2 release, Edwards has made a pre-emptive strike,

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"I am Quinn's father," the former senator declared in his statement, as the second birthday of Frances Quinn Hunter approaches.

If you recall, Young for a time said he was the child's father -- a bid to protect Edwards' presidential aspirations. In fact, Young fell on so many swords for the boss that he must look like Swiss cheese. How sordid was it? In an excerpt from an upcoming interview with ABC News, Young alleges that Edwards asked him to arrange a fake a paternity test. "Get a doctor to fake the DNA results," Young said Edwards told him. "And he asked me ... to steal a diaper from the baby so he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this [was] indeed his child."

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The publisher says Young's book "offers a truly disturbing, even shocking perspective on the risks taken and tactics employed by a man determined to rule the most powerful nation on earth." It all would by laughable if not for Elizabeth Edwards, who had to endure her husband's cheating -- while dealing with her incurable cancer. She wrote about the issues in her 2009 book, Resilience.

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