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The Sleuth: February 11, 2007 - February 17, 2007

Honest, It Wasn't Abe

During House floor debate on the Iraq War resolution Thursday, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) fell into a trap that's caught plenty of other Iraq war supporters -- misquoting Abraham Lincoln as advocating the hanging of lawmakers who undermine military morale during wartime. "Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged,"...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  February 15, 2007; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McDade Friends Can't Believe It's True

Shock seems to be the universal reaction to word that former Rep. Joe McDade (R-Pa.), 75, has been charged with "exposure of sexual organs" at a Sanibel Island, Fla., hotel. McDade's lobbying firm partner, Jim Ervin, president of Ervin Technical Associates, told The Sleuth he simply cannot believe his dear friend and colleague would do such a thing. "I don't believe the charges are true....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 15, 2007; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The Curse of the Congressional District

What's in the water in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District? First, former Rep. Don Sherwood (R-Pa.) was accused last year of trying to strangle his mistress, a nasty little mess that cost him his reelection campaign. In this 1992 file photo, McDade speaks to reporters outside federal Court in Philadelphia. (AP Photo) Now, it's Sherwood's predecessor who's making sordid news. Former Rep. Joe McDade (R-Pa.) stands...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  February 14, 2007; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'08 Candidates: Making Time for Love

Curious to know how some of the '08 presidential hopefuls and their loved ones are celebrating Valentine's Day? Mitt Romney and his ONLY wife, Ann, walk hand-in-hand Tuesday at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. (AP) Well, it certainly could be a big night for Jill Biden if what her husband, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), said last summer carries any weight at home. Last...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 14, 2007; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sirota: Journalist or Activist, Part II

Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) office is now weighing in on the flap over liberal blogger and campaign strategist David Sirota, who pulled an end-run around the press galleries after he was denied press credentials to do book research and reporting on Capitol Hill. Sanders's chief of staff Jeff Weaver, reacting to yesterday's posting (for which he initially did not return a call seeking comment), told...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 13, 2007; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sirota: Journalist or Activist?

Longtime Democratic activist David Sirota seems to have irked plenty of folks on Capitol Hill -- including reporters and even some aides -- with his clever end-run around the rules. Sirota, who's writing a book about his former boss, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was denied media credentials to cover Congress on the basis that he's not a liberal writer but a liberal strategist, which, by...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 12, 2007; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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