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The Sleuth: March 18, 2007 - March 24, 2007

Sen. Ben Nelson: Crazy Stones Fan

Just how big and crazy a Rolling Stones fan is Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)? So big and crazy... that he's linking to the legendary rock band's European tour schedule on his official Senate web site. The Benator, as his staff calls him, has one of the more fun-for-Congress Web sites. (Don't worry, traditionalists, it's still staid enough.) It has a "Benformation" news ticker, where you...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 23, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Uncomfortable Situation, Uncomfortable Words From Edwards

John and Elizabeth Edwards' compelling press conference today to announce the somber news that her cancer has returned was marked by optimism and moments of high levity, and one moment of very uncomfortable laughter - when the Democratic presidential hopeful joked that he beat his wife. Mrs. Edwards was explaining how she cracked her rib - which prompted her to go see a doctor, only...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 22, 2007; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Sen. Hatch, the Cursing Mormon

There's something about a good Mormon Senator cursing that's funny and naughty. It sure made folks laugh Tuesday night when Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said the word that starts with "Sh," ends with a "T" and has an "I" in the middle. While accepting the Edwin C. Whitehead award for medical research at Research!America's 11th annual advocacy awards gala, Hatch told a little joke. The...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 21, 2007; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Hillary Clinton, a "Pander Bear's" Best Friend...?

"Flip-flopper" was the theme of their 2004 campaign against John Kerry, with "Flipper" standing in as their mascot. But for 2008, Republicans have drafted a terrestrial animal to bash a leading Democrat, sending a "Pander Bear" to crash last night's fundraising event in Washington for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Republicans sent the "Pander Bear" to crash Sen. Clinton's big D.C. fundraiser Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy RNC)...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 21, 2007; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Romney: Hair for America

The buzz on the campaign trail is that Mitt Romney has already won ... Is Mitt Romney's perfect hair a political asset? ...The hair primary, that is. If hair matters in 2008, the former Massachusetts governor has all but locked up the "Hairbelt" vote. (We certainly can't see the hair vote going to the likes of such follicly challenged candidates as John McCain or Rudy...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 20, 2007; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Scooter Libby Grabs Fast Train Out of Town

Having graduated from the "famous-for-Washington" to just plain "famous" - or infamous - category, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was spotted grabbing a beverage at the Starbucks in Union Station this morning before hopping the Acela to New York. Sporting his top coat and pulling two small bags stacked on a roller cart, Libby may have been on his way to visit his attorney, Ted Wells,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 19, 2007; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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