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The Sleuth: November 11, 2007 - November 17, 2007

Sen. Vitter Lays Low Amid Escalating Madam Problem

As of this afternoon, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) still hadn't moved to quash the subpoena he received three days ago from the so-called D.C. Madam. He worked and voted all week on Capitol Hill, but Vitter assiduously avoided public appearances. On Tuesday, the day Vitter was subpoenaed by the former owner of an escort service to which he has been linked, Vitter skipped a Louisiana...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 16, 2007; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sen. Frank Lautenberg, From Hottest to Coolest

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who relished his title of "hottest senator" a few years ago in a zany online poll ranking the sex appeal of senators, says he has a new distinction: "I'm the coolest senator." So cool, in fact, he says, that just a few weeks ago he "stood for two and a-half hours at a Bon Jovi concert" at the brand new sports...

By Eric Pianin  |  November 16, 2007; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Where Are They Now? This Week: Mark Foley

Occasionally we wonder where they are now, disgraced or ousted members of Congress who have disappeared - or not - from the scene. In this week's installment of our new feature "Where Are They Now" we first look at former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who will forever be remembered for his tawdry instant messages to teenage male House pages. Foley has been paying visits recently...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 14, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Speaker Pelosi and Her Scarf Make History

Amidst the all-Obama-all-the-time hoopla at last weekend's Jefferson-Jackson dinner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quietly made history. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in one of her signature scarves. During a lull in the dinner Saturday night, Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) got up to do a little "bucket pass" and auction to raise money for the Iowa Democratic Party. Boswell, an accomplished auctioneer, lured Pelosi up...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 13, 2007; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sen. Clinton: These Boots Were Made For Planting

A Sleuth informant in the Democratic presidential political arena (read: rival campaign) sent us this photo of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) speaking at this past weekend's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa. The informant joked, "A picture of HRC surrounded by plants! How appropriate!" The budding comedian is referring to the Democratic presidential primary story du jour: that the Clinton campaign has been caught craftily planting...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 12, 2007; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Courtroom Drama: Starring Condi Rice and Abbe Lowell?

Washington courtroom junkies have been without a fix since the Scooter Libby trial ended last spring. But the shakes are subsiding now that they have Spygate on the horizon and the specter of Condoleezza Rice on the witness stand. The trial of two former lobbyists accused of leaking classified information to Israel is expected in March or April. And Rice is one of more than...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 12, 2007; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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