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The Sleuth: December 16, 2007 - December 22, 2007

Gonzales Has Rough Time Tapping Young Minds for Legal Defense Fund

Buried by legal bills and hard up for cash, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales hit the college speaking circuit last month hoping to rake in big bucks. Instead, he's been raked over the coals, heckled or flat out turned down by students whose institutions he charges exorbitant fees to tap his amnesiac mind. And things aren't likely to get any easier for Gonzo (as he's...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 21, 2007; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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With Lott Gone, Larry Craig Is Last Singing Senator

It was awkward enough that President Bush was yukking it up with Trent Lott in the final hours of the Mississippi Republican's Senate career. Bush, after all, kicked Lott to the curb, supporting his removal from leadership after the senator's infamously ill-fated remarks hailing Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist presidential campaign. But this week, it was all fun and games as Lott resigned. Lott says Bush...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 20, 2007; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ted Stevens' Near Rendezvous With FBI

Sure, adversaries in Washington by day often make the best of drinking buddies by night. But when insiders at the FBI saw that Sen. Ted Stevens had RSVP'd "yes" to last Friday's annual director's holiday bash - it was difficult even for those hunters to imagine partying with their prey. It was just five months ago, after all, that FBI agents raided the Alaska Republican's...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 20, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lawmakers, The Gifts They Give

Lawmakers are people, too. They give, and they receive. And amidst the marathon partisan (and intra-party) griping over everything from the farm bill to the mammoth Iraq war spending bill, many of them have managed to squeeze in some holiday shopping for the ones they love before splitting town for the Christmas recess. Though others, including a seemingly anxiety-riddled House Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 19, 2007; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Al Gore Serves as Pitch Man, Takes On Karl Rove

Since the Democrats' strategy for increasing their majority in the House is to run against President Bush's policies (again), who better to help them make the case than the Man Who Won the Popular Vote, Mr. Al Gore himself? Gore already has helped the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with email and direct-mail solicitations. Today, the Nobel Peace Price and Academy Award winner sent out a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 18, 2007; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Condi Rice Shops 'Til She... Jets Off

Before flying off to the Mideast Donors conference in Paris, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - and two black SUVs full of diplomatic security agents - popped into Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, Md., Saturday for a little holiday shopping spree. And now we know how the sartorially savvy Rice gets all that shopping done without the paparazzi, as it were in sleepy Washington,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 17, 2007; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Ned Lamont Warned You

Looks like Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) was against a Republican president before he was for it. During a 2006 debate against Democratic primary challenger Ned Lamont, Lieberman pledged -- and that's very much past tense -- that he wanted a Democrat to be elected president in 2008. (Check out the video below.) Today, of course, Lieberman wants a Republican to be elected president, as he...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  December 17, 2007; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Sen. Graham Goes to Aid of Fellow Impeachment Manager

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is coming to the aid of his old pal and fellow impeachment manager Jim Rogan, the former GOP congressman from California whose leading role in prosecuting the 42nd president of the United States may have blown his shot at becoming a federal judge. But Graham has so far been unable to negotiate peace between Rogan and the California senator who is...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 17, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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