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The Sleuth: January 27, 2008 - February 2, 2008

No Mea Culpa From Bill Clinton

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. ET: It looks like former president Bill Clinton will not have to make an apology to the congregations of black churches in South Central Los Angeles after all. At least not in writing. Our posting on Bill Clinton's "mea culpa" tour (as we worded it) to African Americans in L.A. this weekend (ahead of Tuesday's hotly contested California primary) apparently caused much...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 2, 2008; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (501)
 
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Giants vs. Patriots, Clinton vs. Obama

Even when it comes to the Super Bowl, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will be adversaries. And hardly a surprise, it's all about the delegates. Clinton will, of course, be siding with her Giants this Sunday. Obama will be rooting for the New England Patriots. Maybe Obama just couldn't bring himself to cheer for Clinton's team, even though he surely has a soft spot...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 31, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Clinton's LBJ Comments Infuriated Ted Kennedy

There's more to Sen. Edward Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama than meets the eye. Apparently, part of the reason why the liberal lion from Massachusetts embraced Obama was because of a perceived slight at the Kennedy family's civil rights legacy by the other Democratic presidential primary frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Sources say Kennedy was privately furious at Clinton for her praise of President...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 30, 2008; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (478)
 
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Sen. Lautenberg: Bon Jovi Gets Him Rockin' (And Raising $$)

Leave the early evening wine-and-cheese fundraisers to the youngsters who are up for re-election this year. Octogenarian Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) will do it differently. With a lot more noise, and probably more tattoos, acid-washed jeans and black t-shirts. Lautenberg, who turned 84 last week, prefers rocking out while he raises money, as he will next month when his buddy Jon Bon Jovi is scheduled...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 30, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chris Shays Explains Why He Kissed President Bush

UPDATE: Finally! We've just heard firsthand from Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) on that quick little kiss he gave President Bush before the start of Tuesday night's State of the Union speech. (You can see the kiss in our posting below.) Shays jokes, "Joe Lieberman got a kiss from the president, so I thought I'd give him one back." The congressman is referring to three years...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 29, 2008; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Kisses, Snubs and Oversights at State of the Union

UPDATE: The little kiss that Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) planted on President Bush's cheek at State of the Union last night hardly went unnoticed by Democratic political operatives. Shays is considered one of the most vulnerable House Republicans up for re-election this year. His leading Democratic challenger, Jim Himes, has been tying Shays to Bush at every turn. And now, Democrats have the kiss...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 29, 2008; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Kisses, Hand Shakes and Skin Dominate Bush's Last SOTU

The scene on the House floor at tonight's State of the Union wasn't much different than previous years -- including the annual handshake hogs who staked out seats on the aisle so they could shake the president's hand (before national television cameras) as he entered and left the House chamber. Arriving for his State of the Union address, President Bush greets Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.),...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 28, 2008; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Tom DeLay, the Clintons and the Irony of Bygones

Nine years ago, Tom DeLay led the charge to impeach the 42nd president of the United States. But that was then, and this is now, when the mighty have fallen and irony knows no bounds. (And when two former enemies are hell bent on knocking off the same GOP presidential candidate.) On Thursday, DeLay, the former conservative firebrand from Texas, is due to speak to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 28, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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