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The Sleuth: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

Meltdown on House Floor Disrupts Lantos Memorial Service

The House had a meltdown today in the middle of the memorial service for the late Rep. Tom Lantos, a Holocaust survivor who was chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The service, in the Capitol's historic Statuary Hall, was disrupted when a Republican House member unexpectedly called for a procedural vote. And that's when all hell broke loose. House Democrats were furious, charging the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 14, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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John Shadegg Retiring to Find Better Coffee

As the Sleuth and her colleague Paul Kane reported in today's Washington Post, Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) gave us the inside skinny on why he announced his retirement this week: it's the coffee. Shadegg is bummed out that the House-side cafeteria where he has routinely gotten his afternoon coffee for 14 years no longer sells Starbucks. "I can take a lot in the minority: losing...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 14, 2008; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rahm Emanuel Cleans Up His Act

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) stole the show at last night's annual congressional dinner, where lawmakers and the ink-stained wretches and fake-bake tanned TV reporters who cover them make nice for a night. Known for cursing about as freely as one breathes, Emanuel refrained from dropping his signature F bombs during his comedy performance. (Though he was overheard telling one reporter at a reception before the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 14, 2008; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Jewish Rep. Cohen Battles Antisemitism and Racism In Re-Election

If you thought race was an uncomfortable issue in the Democratic presidential primary, wait 'til you get a load of what's going on in the Democratic primary in the Memphis area's 9th District of Tennessee, where a shockingly worded flier paints Jewish Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) as a Jesus hater. "Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and the JEWS HATE Jesus," blares the flier, which Cohen himself...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 13, 2008; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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Tom Cole's Downsizing of Obama

It's no secret that Republicans feel they'd have a better shot of taking out the baggage-laden Hillary Rodham Clinton in the general presidential election than her fresh-faced primary opponent, Barack Obama. But the spin is getting more interesting all the time, especially as one new poll shows Obama -- who fares better among independent voters than Clinton -- with a stronger chance to defeat John...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 12, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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John Kerry's SUV Hybrid Sitting On Used Car Lot

If you're in the market for a hybrid SUV once owned by a famous, environmentally friendly politician, Sen. John Kerry's (D-Mass.) 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid is for sale for about $26,000. Catholic University graduate student Julie Egermayer found out about Kerry's SUV when she called Koons Ford auto dealership in Falls Church, VA., over the weekend. Egermayer's car was totaled recently in a fire in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 11, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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