The Worst-Kept Secret in Tabloid Politics Is Finally Confirmed

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Ghost Dad

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has finally admitted to fathering a child in 2007 with a videographer he hired before his last presidential run.

For years Edwards denied even having an affair with Rielle Hunter, and staunchly rejected allegations that he was the father to Hunter's daughter, calling the reports tabloid trash.

Edwards now says: "I am Quinn's father ... It was wrong for me to ever deny she was my daughter."

Edwards says he has been providing financial support for the child and will continue to do so. There is an ongoing federal investigation into whether he used campaign money to cover up the affair.

CBS News reports Edwards informed the White House of his desire to go to Haiti to help with earthquake relief. But that his declaration was met with silence. Despite that, he did travel to Haiti today.

Blame It on Washington

Outspoken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is accusing the United States of playing God in Haiti. Spanish newspaper ABC reports Chavez is blaming the U.S. Navy for the earthquake. Chavez believes it occurred during the testing of a new weapon off Haiti's coast. He says the ultimate goal is "to destroy Iran with a series of earthquakes designed to overthrow the Islamic regime."

Just Do It

And finally, South Korea is trying to boost its low birthrate by encouraging some government workers to clock out early and head straight for the bedroom.

French Press Agency reports Choi Jin-Sun of the South Korean Health Ministry saying the health ministry plans on turning off the lights in its offices at 7:30 p.m. every third Wednesday to, "help staff get dedicated to childbirth and upbringing."

Choi Jin-Sun admits going home early may have no direct link to having more kids, but says it certainly couldn't hurt. The ministry also offers cash incentives for staff who produce more than two babies.

Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.