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The Sleuth: July 29, 2007 - August 4, 2007

First Lady Aspirant Jeri Thompson Delivers

Looks like Jeri Thompson has decided that the way to the hearts of the aides working on husband Fred Thompson's "testing the waters" campaign is through their stomachs. In the wake of recent staff shakeups and internal grumblings about her heavy-handed role, Mrs. Thompson has taken to feeding the troops working on her husband's presidential exploratory committee. One day last week, she personally delivered pizzas...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 3, 2007; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Rep. Jackson Jr. and Lee Terry, Still Spatting

One of the rowdier arguments in Congress this week, in the tense and waning moments before August recess begins apparently has not, as previously suggested, been put to rest - at all. A spokeswoman for Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) told the Sleuth this week that her boss and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) had shaken hands and agreed to let bygones be bygones after the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 3, 2007; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Biden's Buddy Hagel: Um, Which Party Is Mine?

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) returned the love last night to his good friend Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), helping the underdog Democratic presidential hopeful kick off his book tour. Biden, during the CNN-YouTube debate last month, said he would pick Hagel if he had to choose any Republican to be his running mate. So it was fitting that last night Hagel introduced Biden at a book...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 2, 2007; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Bush Bombs With Bomber Jacket Gift for Brown

Funny how the British press corps found out about the gift that President Bush presented to Gordon Brown during the new British prime minister's visit to Camp David early this week. Brown, intentionally it seems, did not reveal the gift to the boorish brood of scribes traveling with him. They found it by happenstance: a gold box with a presidential seal sitting neglected in an...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 2, 2007; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Sticks and Stone on House and Senate Floors

It always seems to happen just before Congress adjourns for a long recess: the pace is frenetic, tensions mount and tempers (and nostrils) flare. Some members throw tantrums, others throw punches, or come close to it anyway. Such has been the case over the past several days as the House and Senate rush to wrap up several big pieces of legislation before getting out of...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 1, 2007; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Dems Compare GOP to Alleged Dog Abuser Vick

Nothing beats a good dogfight (in the proverbial sense of course) when it comes to politics. Salivating Democratic political operatives think they've found a way to link House Republicans to America's Biggest Alleged Barbarian - accused dogfighting impresario Michael Vick. What, you ask, do members of the House Republican leadership and Vick, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback charged in a tawdry dogfighting conspiracy, have in common?...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 1, 2007; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sen. Byrd, Tangled Up in Tubes

Maybe you've had enough of Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) and his now famous Michael Vick-Barbaric speech on the Senate floor. But sorry, we haven't! Nor have the remix masters of YouTube, who have managed to make Bobby Byrd almost as big an octogenarian YouTube sensation as Sen. Ted "Series of Tubes" Stevens (R-Alaska). According to the hit counters on YouTube, the original C-SPAN video...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 31, 2007; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Indicted Rep. Jefferson -- Bocca Bing!

What's a box of Boca Burgers worth? It all depends on whose freezer it's in. At most grocery stores, a box of soy Boca Burgers goes for about $5. But in the notorious freezer of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), the price is jacked up - a lot. According to recently unsealed documents in U.S. District Court in Washington, FBI agents who raided Jefferson's Capitol...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 31, 2007; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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