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The Sleuth: August 26, 2007 - September 1, 2007

The Rough Riding Men of Idaho Politics

The men of Idaho politics are a colorful lot. How fitting that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, the man who will select a replacement for disgraced Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) should he resign, won a 1992 "tight jeans" contest at the Rockin' Rodeo bar in Boise. If only Gov. Tight Jeans would choose Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), then he could say he truly is putting a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 31, 2007; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Filner Ends Silence on Assault And Battery Charge

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) finally released a statement today about his Aug. 19 arrest at Washington Dulles International Airport following an altercation he allegedly had with a United Airlines baggage employee. "I was tired after a delayed flight and frustrated by the subsequent further delay of the entire flight's baggage," Filner said, ending his 10-day silence on the matter. "But I did not want things...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 29, 2007; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Larry Craig: Still Not Gay

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has been publicly denying assertions that he's gay since at least 1982, when a whisper campaign implicated him in a House page scandal. Back then he called allegations of homosexual conduct "despicable." Last year he called new charges brought by notorious gay-rights activist Mike Rogers "completely ridiculous." On Monday, Craig denied "any inappropriate conduct" in a men's room at the Minneapolis...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 28, 2007; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
 
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Senator Sang for Charity a Day After Arrest

Now we know one reason why Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and the other Singing Senators may have sounded so dreadfully off key (by their own critique) when they reunited on June 12 to perform for the first time in years: It was one day after Craig had been arrested in an airport men's room in connection with a police sting operation targeting illegal sexual activity....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 28, 2007; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Out of Camp Bushie, Gonzo Hits The Links

If this was supposed to be a weekend of humiliation and turmoil for Alberto Gonzales, it sure didn't show in his back swing. On Saturday, not a full day after he secretly tendered his resignation to President Bush, Gonzales joined other "loyal Bushies" (to quote a famous phrase of Gonzalez's former chief of staff) for a round of golf at the tony Chevy Chase Club....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 27, 2007; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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