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The Sleuth: August 19, 2007 - August 25, 2007

Sen. Johnson's Wife Makes No Mention of Husband's Political Future

A letter emailed to supporters from his wife this week gives no clearer indication of whether Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) plans to run for re-election in 2008. Mrs. Johnson made no mention in her letter of her husband's political future. She spoke instead of family and friends, and the "goodness and decency" of the people of South Dakota. "Planting our feet in South Dakota will...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 24, 2007; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Dogfighting Nips At GOP Heels in '08 Election

The Michael Vick fallout in Congress is getting uglier. Now it's Rep. Sam Graves' (R-Mo.) turn to feel the heat for voting against the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act last March -- before Vick, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback, sparked a national outrage over dogfighting. The Humane Society Legislative Fund is encouraging folks to take a trip en masse to rural Missouri to protest "Graves' recent...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 24, 2007; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Rep. Filner: His Lips Are Sealed

Still total radio silence from Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.). The chairman of the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs flew off to Iraq this week without commenting on the misdemeanor assault and battery charges filed against him after a dispute over his luggage with a United Airlines employee Sunday night at Washington Dulles International Airport. His office on Wednesday gave us no clearer understanding of why...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 23, 2007; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kucinich Mad at ABC

Don't expect to see too many more appearances by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on ABC News. An apparently irate Kucinich sent out a letter to supporters Wednesday accusing the network of ignoring him in the Democratic presidential debate on Sunday's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Among Kucinich's charges: he was "deliberately cropped out" of photos; after he took a "commanding lead" in ABC's online survey,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 22, 2007; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Copy Cat Accusations Fly Between Candidates

The Democratic presidential primary contest -- still in its infancy -- has turned into an elementary school playground. John Edwards is again accusing Barack Obama of being a copycat. Sources close to Edwards say Obama is parroting one of the former North Carolina senator's best lines -- that America needs a president who's "not afraid to use the word 'union.'" They noticed that last Saturday...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 21, 2007; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Filner Explanation to Come After Iraq Trip

He won't say why just yet, but Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) calls charges of assault and battery filed against him "ridiculous" and "factually incorrect." Filner, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, has been summoned to appear in Loudoun County, Va., District General District Court to answer to the misdemeanor charge stemming from an incident at Washington Dulles International Airport Sunday night. Allegedly angry...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 20, 2007; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rep. Filner Allegedly Freaks Out Over Lost Baggage

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) was charged with assault and battery Sunday night after he allegedly got belligerent over his lost luggage and shoved a United Airlines employee in the baggage claim area at Dulles International Airport. According to a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Filner, an eight-term congressman from San Diego, allegedly tried to enter an unauthorized area, "pushed aside the employee's outstretched...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 20, 2007; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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