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The Sleuth: April 22, 2007 - April 28, 2007

Feeney Takes (Spring) Break From Abramoff Probe

What (beach) balls! Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), who's been in the spotlight this week for his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, is going forward with his "Feeney Spring Break Bash" fundraiser tonight at the American Legion Hall in Washington, D.C. Feeney spokeswoman Pepper Pennington tells The Sleuth, "It's going to be the fourth annual year of the event. ... We're all looking forward...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 26, 2007; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Boehner's Secret Smoking Spot Smoked Out

Poor John Boehner. The nicotine-addicted Republican Congressman from Ohio can't smoke in the House Speaker's Lobby anymore (thanks to Nancy Pelosi). Ditto that at the Republicans' Capitol Hill Club. And now, to add insult to injury, no longer can he light up at his secret favorite smoking joint: the National Democratic Club, where Boehner had been sneaking over to smoke with friends from the other...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 26, 2007; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton's Guest Blogging Venue Raises Some Eyebrows

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) first guest blog posting (that is, on a blog other than her own) is raising a few eyebrows in Democratic political circles. Not because of what Clinton wrote, but because of where she chose to post it. On Tuesday, paying tribute to the observance of Equal Pay Day, Clinton chose to blog about pay equity on firedoglake.com -- the smart,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 25, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
 
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At Last, Kucinich Begins His Quest for Impeachment

He finally did it! Congressman Dennis Kucinich unveils his impeachment articles against Vice President Cheney during a Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday. (AP Photo) After delaying, rescheduling, postponing yet again, and then re-rescheduling, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) finally held a news conference late today launching his Quixotic quest to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. Accompanied by his red-headed, statuesque bride and a handful of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  April 24, 2007; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kucinich Halts Impeachment Hunt Against Cheney

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m. ET: Kucinich now plans to hold his news conference announcing articles of impeachment against the vice president at 5 p.m. ET today. (Kucinich was in the Speaker's Lobby off the House chamber just moments ago personally handing out press releases announcing that the big event is back on.) Let's hope Cheney doesn't have a dental appointment or anything between now and then!...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 24, 2007; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Open Government, What Open Government?

UPDATE, 4:00 P.M. ET: After the letter circulated widely on the Internet, Rep. Obey changed his mind and will now allow cameras into the conference committee proceedings. Original Post: Radio and television reporters who cover the House aren't so pleased with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) notion of transparency. After the Democrats won control of the House, Pelosi promised to make Congress "the most open...Congress in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 23, 2007; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Rich Little Bravely Answers Washington's Call

Most people who endured Rich Little's performance at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner Saturday night had the same reaction ... bless his heart. Rich Little brought his presidential voices to Washington on Saturday night. (Getty Images) Bless his heart for getting trapped in a time warp that won't let him escape 1981. (The man is still hinging his act on Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 23, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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