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The Sleuth: October 14, 2007 - October 20, 2007

Tom DeLay, Hammer No More

He used to be known as the Hammer, for running the House of Representatives with a iron fist. Nowadays, though, former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) is Mr. Congeniality. According to folks who were there, DeLay couldn't have been sweeter to his former Democratic enemies at a small political book fair on Capitol Hill this week sponsored by The Hill newspaper. ('Course, being an author and...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 19, 2007; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Aloha, Little Barry Obama for President!

It never occurred to Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) when he was drinking beer and eating pizza with his buddy Barack Obama as graduate students in the early '60s that he would one day be campaigning for Obama's son for president. Little Barry wasn't even born yet. "Little Barry, that's what we called him," Abercrombie says, recalling his days with Obama Sr. and his future wife,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 18, 2007; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, an Epidemic?

What's up with this bipartisanship fad? Last week it was the Senate majority and minority leaders, Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), playing all nicey nice at the McConnell Center in Louisville. Now we learn that Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) has been cozying up with the very people whose party he tried with all his hyperkinetic will to crush - successfully - in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 17, 2007; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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NIH Director, Not Afraid To Buck the President

Uh-oh, should we prepare to launch a job search for National Institutes of Health Director Elias Zerhouni? For a second time, Zerhouni is publicly opposing President Bush's policy restricting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. In a quasi-government magazine arriving in mailboxes this week, Zerhouni suggests embryonic stem cell research should be expanded. "All avenues of research need to be pursued," Zerhouni says in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 16, 2007; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Congressman Nadler, Closet Superhero?

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, center, at the Feast of the Tabernacles event at the Capitol. (Ron Sachs, CNS) Maybe he gained a lot of chutzpah when he lost 100 pounds. Whatever the case, even those who have seen firsthand the incredible transformation of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) from 338 pounds to somewhere just upwards of 200 may still be surprised to learn that he can...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 15, 2007; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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