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The Sleuth: October 21, 2007 - October 27, 2007

When Bushies and Clintonites Collide, and Have Fun

OK, so maybe it's not the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. But this bipartisan craze - faithfully chronicled in several recent Sleuth postings; click here and here to read them - does seem to be spreading across town. Now we have Clintonites and Bushies - not just the former presidents - palling around together. In this case, it's a chief spokesman for Sen. Hillary...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 26, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Rahm Emanuel Finds Redemption For Potty Mouth

Reputed potty mouth Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) has found redemption. Actually, just vindication. The congressman, who curses about as regularly as a clock ticks, is heralding a study out of London claiming that swearing in the workplace boosts team spirit. Hell yeah! All week Emanuel has been emailing the AFP (Agence France-Presse) wire story he found on the study, which is titled "Swearing at work...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 25, 2007; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Will Larry Craig Crash the GOP Fundraiser He Was Uninvited To?

Senate Republican political operatives are biting their nails, worried that Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) is going to crash the National Republican Senatorial Committee's upcoming fundraising retreat in Sea Island, Ga. Sources tell the Sleuth that Craig RSVP'd "yes" to the event even though Sen. John Ensign (Nev.), chairman of the NRSC, has served as the public pit bull for GOP leaders attacking Craig for his...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 24, 2007; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Rep. DeGette and Bonnie Raitt Bond

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) has more than fulfilled her daydream of hanging out with a rock star. She wound up totally bonding with legendary redhead Bonnie Raitt over lunch this week and realizing the two of them share a close friend. DeGette lunched Tuesday with Raitt and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne, both of whom - along with Graham Nash of...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 24, 2007; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash Rock Capitol Hill

The practice of celebrities lobbying Congress has become so eye-rollingly clichéd. Unless, of course, the lobbyists are Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne, who spewed forth such passion and knowledge on the subject of nuclear power plants over breakfast Tuesday morning that you just felt certain the aging rock stars' daylong blitzkrieg of Capitol Hill would somehow make a difference. Their tutorial of the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 23, 2007; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Pete Stark's Mea Culpa

Close to tears, an emotional Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) apologized on the House floor Tuesday for offending President Bush and infuriating his Democratic colleagues with his controversial remark about soldiers in Iraq getting "their heads blown off for the president's amusement." Stark apologized to "first of all, my colleagues, many of whom I have offended, to the president, his family, to the troops." [View video...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 23, 2007; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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