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The Sleuth: May 6, 2007 - May 12, 2007

Fireworks on the House Floor

To put it mildly, the gentlelady from California is not amused with the gentleman from North Carolina. To put it more bluntly, Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) wishes Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) would grow up already. McHenry, a largely self-anointed parliamentary pit bull for the right, pushed Tauscher's patience to the limits late last night on the House floor in the midst of an unusually raucous...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 11, 2007; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Markey First House Chairman to Post YouTube Video

As a 16-term veteran of the House, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) doesn't get many "firsts" anymore. But today is an exception. Markey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, posted the first ever YouTube video from, as he put it, "the chairman's perspective." Watch Markey's video from today's hearing below, which included testimony from YouTube CEO and co-founder Chad...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 10, 2007; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ethics Tips From "The Hammer"

Here in the nation's capital, irony sometimes takes a heaping spoonful of steroids and facts become stranger than fiction. The latest example? Take a guess at who's headlining an upcoming political training seminar offering "explicit discussions of ethics." The answer is Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader who resigned last year after being indicted on campaign finance abuses in Texas and who remains under...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 10, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gutierrez to Commerce Workers: Iraq Volunteers Needed

The call has gone out from on high at the Department of Commerce for a few good men and women. Supporting President Bush's request for federal workers to volunteer for a year's work in Iraq to aid the ongoing reconstruction effort, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez sent an agency-wide memo last week imploring department workers to sign up for a year in Iraq. "I am asking...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 8, 2007; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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All Tied Up for Queen's Dinner at White House

UPDATE: According to the official guest list, L'il Babs Bush -- or "Miss Barbara Bush" as she's listed -- is attending tonight's white-tie-and-tails state dinner with her boyfriend Jay Blount, whom she's been dating (maybe on again, off again) since they met at Yale. Blount, as you can see here, was named one of Yale's 50 most beautiful people. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 7, 2007; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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