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The Sleuth: April 29, 2007 - May 5, 2007

Behind the Scenes at the GOP Debate

Most of the GOP presidential candidates furiously poured over briefing books and held mock debate sessions in the hours leading up to last night's debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.. But not Mike Huckabee. Instead of prepping, the former Arkansas governor went a picturesque, four-mile run. Which may explain why he looked so cool and calm during the debate and...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 4, 2007; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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A Porn Star's Odd D.C. Connection

The hard-core party crowd in Washington, D.C., is buzzing and giggling about next Tuesday's much-hyped "event everyone will be talking about" at Indebleu restaurant's Tantra Lounge. That's because they'll be able to rub elbows (and who knows what else) with the portly porn star Ron Jeremy. (Sorry, we can't provide a link to Jeremy's work.) Jeremy, star of VH1's "The Surreal Life Fame Games" and...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 4, 2007; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Romney's 'Read My Lips' Legacy?

Only the wonkiest wonks of Washington would catch a technical foul such as this one: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a new TV ad in which he vows to cap non-defense discretionary spending if elected president and declares, "If Congress sends me a budget that exceeds that cap I will veto that budget!" "I can't wait to get my hands on Washington!" Romney roars....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 3, 2007; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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DC Madam Scandal, Yawns and Wows

While some are ignoring the story, other congressional aides are all atwitter about tomorrow night's ABC News report on the D.C. Madam scandal. But they can relax. And, more importantly, so can their bosses. Sounds like the "20/20" piece won't be as salacious or sensational as your inner Schadenfreude may have hoped for. Sources tell The Sleuth not a single elected official has been implicated...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 3, 2007; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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An Iraq Whodunit at Washington's Tabard Inn

While the political drama pitting President Bush against Congress over the future of the Iraq war is appearing on the capital's center stage, another Iraq story -- this one a mystery -- is playing out in the darkened corners of a cozy Washington hotel/eatery. The unsolved caper has been quietly consuming the owners of the Tabard Inn for some months now, but with newfound meaning...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 2, 2007; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Creator of Anti-Hillary "Big Brother" Ad Heads to Big Leagues

The man behind a controversial online video ad depicting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as Big Brother is going to the pros. Expect a formal announcement today that Phil de Vellis, the man whose Orwellian "mash up" video became an overnight Internet sensation and riled the rival campaigns of Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), is joining the media consulting firm Murphy Putnam Media (formerly...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 1, 2007; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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