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The Sleuth: July 8, 2007 - July 14, 2007

Nixon Man Mistakes John Kerry for a Republican

The following appears in Friday's edition of The Washington Post (but The Sleuth's version includes an exclusive editor's cut!): Even as the Nixon administration was plotting in 1971 to destroy John Kerry, then the young, charismatic leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the president's top political strategist apparently didn't get the memo. Instead, the operative, Murray Chotiner, wrote his own note advocating that the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 13, 2007; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Vitter to Hold Town Hall Meeting

If you're looking for Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), you might just find him Monday at the town hall meeting he has yet to cancel at the St. Helena Parish Health Unit in Greensburg, La. According to a flier that was sent to Sleuth, Vitter is scheduled to speak at the town hall meeting at 2:30 p.m. local time. Meanwhile, Louisiana Democrats are spinning it this...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 12, 2007; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Ou est le Senator Vitter?

The very serious sinning Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is still missing on Capitol Hill, three days after admitting to having committed a "very serious sin" involving Washington call girls. No sight of him in committee hearings, no hide nor hair of him on the fifth floor of the Senate Hart office building where his office is located. While he did not respond to Sleuth's phone...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 12, 2007; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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How David Vitter Got Nabbed in Madam Scandal

In a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt gloated over taking credit for catching socially conservative Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on the phone list of the D.C. Madam. But while he hinted that he has the goods on other members of Congress, he doesn't - at least not yet. As for Vitter, Dan Moldea, the gumshoe Washington-based reporter who moonlights as an...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 11, 2007; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
 
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Sen. Vitter's Madam Problem

One of the strangest things about Monday's late-breaking revelation that Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) was a client of the "D.C. Madam" was the way in which the senator himself disclosed it. Turns out, it maybe had to do with the threatening phone call Vitter got from Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, AKA the D.C. Madam. (AP photo) A lawyer for the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 10, 2007; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
 
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Ted Stevens: Balanced, Buff and Gruff As Ever

No wonder Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) looks so fit and has such nice posture. The octogenarian senator has started wearing those cutting-edge Masai balance shoes, the ones that supermodels, actresses and rock stars are sporting these days, the ones that give you a Pilates-style workout the entire time you wear them. Maybe this is what is needed when you're caught up in a public corruption...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 9, 2007; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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