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The Sleuth: December 2, 2007 - December 8, 2007

Pelosi Calls For 'Top-To-Bottom' Review Of Page Program

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a top-to-bottom review of the House page program in the wake of revelations that four teenage pages were expelled because of shoplifting and sexual misconduct charges. The two Republican House members who serve on the House Page Board resigned Thursday, complaining they were kept in the dark by the Democratic appointed clerk of the House who oversees the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 7, 2007; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Another Sexually Charged House Page Scandal

So much for reform of the House page program in the wake of the Mark Foley scandal. House teenage pages are so wild and unsupervised that two GOP members of Congress have resigned from the House Page Board, protesting that they were not informed of two pages caught shoplifting and two others busted for engaging in public oral sex. One of the members who resigned,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 6, 2007; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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President Bush: Call 1-800-OOPS

President Bush may have done more today to irk people who are feeling pinched by the nation's mortgage crisis than he did to help them. Imagine how annoyed beleaguered homeowners felt when they called the 1-800 help line Bush gave out during his nationally televised address on mortgages. "I have a message for every homeowner worried about rising mortgage payments," the president announced. "The best...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 6, 2007; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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A Few Republicans Still Want Cheney At Their Side

They seem to be few and far between, but there are Republican candidates for Congress out there who aren't afraid to have Vice President Dick Cheney campaign for him. (There are a total of three by our count.) After stumping for Rep. Ralph Hall in Texas earlier this week, Cheney is scheduled to be in Kansas tomorrow to help raise cash for GOP state Sen....

By Eric Pianin  |  December 5, 2007; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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McKenna Hired As New Spokesman for Bill Clinton

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign has hired a spokesman for would-be First Man Bill Clinton. Matt McKenna, currently the communications director for freshman Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), will officially become the former president's press secretary on Dec. 17, traveling to all the early voting states and - if things go well - beyond. McKenna, a darling of the Capitol Hill media, takes over...

By Eric Pianin  |  December 5, 2007; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Larry Craig, Now a Verb in Pop-Culture Lexicon

If they weren't already, sex scandal plagued Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Larry Craig (R-Idaho) are now officially part of the pop-culture mainstream lexicon. The Tuesday night episode of ABC's "Boston Legal" featured the show's leading character, played by William Shatner, getting busted in a men's room sex sting. Shatner, who plays Denny Crane, winds up a defendant after undercover cops mistake his wide stance...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  December 5, 2007; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Cheney Skips White House Holiday Bash To Hunt

Missing from Monday night's black-tie White House holiday ball for all three branches of government was one very prominent official of the executive branch: Vice President Dick Cheney. He was away on a life-threatening mission - at least for the brave souls who joined him. Members of Congress flocked to the White House in their tuxedos and gowns for well-spiked eggnog, gourmet nosh (the crab...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 4, 2007; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Senate Aide Busted in Child Sex Sting

A sex sting has claimed another culprit on Capitol Hill. This time, however, it's only a low-level Senate staffer instead of a sitting senator. (Double entendre intended). In this case, it's a 28-year-old scheduler to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) who has been arrested by the FBI on charges that he arranged to have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old boy. The staffer, Mike...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 4, 2007; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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