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The Sleuth: November 4, 2007 - November 10, 2007

House Parliamentarian Vetoes Article 1

Who'd a thunk that a little 'ole button would get freshman Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) in such a pickle? Yarmuth made up a bunch of small lapel buttons last month bearing the seemingly innocuous words "Article 1" when he began a walking civics lesson to remind folks that Congress, not the president, is Numero Uno under the Constitution. He thought the buttons would be the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 9, 2007; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Sen. Vitter's French Quarter "Friend" Bares Secrets

That day for Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has come: the French Quarter prostitute who claims she had a relationship with the senator is appearing in the January issue of Hustler and telling (and baring) all. "Senator David Vitter's Secret Lover Revealed," blares the headline. In the article, Wendy Yow Ellis repeats much of what she already told the New Orleans Times-Picayune earlier this year after...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 8, 2007; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kucinich Emboldened In Impeachment Quest

House Democratic leaders think they've gotten rid of Dennis the Menace, but the congressman himself tells us - they ain't seen nothing yet. We spoke to Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) late Wednesday evening about the havoc he helped wreak on the House floor Tuesday. Even though his own leadership did everything it could to quash the underdog presidential candidate's impeachment proposal and ship it off...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 8, 2007; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Votes on Cheney Impeachment Fell Between the Cracks

Ah-hah! So now we know what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meant when she said impeachment was "off the table." Voting cards on the issue were literally just that - off the table - during Tuesday's zany brouhaha when Republicans briefly hijacked control of the chamber with that black-belt procedural maneuver and thrust the Democrats perilously close to debating a resolution to impeach Vice President Dick...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 7, 2007; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Congressman Pushing Lasik Surgery

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the highest-ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, is one of those quintessential policy wonks. If the conversation doesn't have anything to do with numbers, he's not one to chitchat. Unless he takes notice that you're not wearing glasses and when you explain that you're wearing contacts wonders why you haven't gotten Lasik. "You should get Lasik," Ryan told the Sleuth....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 7, 2007; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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