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The Sleuth: February 17, 2008 - February 23, 2008

Lobbyist's Condo Community Feels McCain's Pain

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hasn't been battling the press alone this week. The lobbyist reported to have had a cozy relationship with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Vicki Iseman, had hordes of cameras outside both her office and townhouse Thursday. The condo community in Alexandria, Va., where she lives felt the brunt of it all. The condo association's assistant community manager sent an email to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 22, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain's Lobbyist Problem Presents Fundraising Tool

Borrowing a page from Hillary Rodham Clinton's playbook, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is using his lobbyist controversy to raise money. Just as the Clinton campaign used last summer's cleavage controversy to rally empathetic supporters to dig in their pockets, the McCain camp is doing the same in its attack against the New York Times, which was first to publish this week's explosive story about McCain's...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 21, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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No Celebrating For Cuban-Americans in Congress

Far from rejoicing, hard-line Cuban-Americans in Congress say Cuba has replaced one dictator with another. There's no popping of champagne corks over the news that Fidel Castro has stepped aside and will likely be replaced by his brother, Raul Castro. "There's really no reason to celebrate yet," says Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who represents Miami. "Fidel and Raul are interchangeable thugs." In fact, Castro's...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 20, 2008; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The New SwiftBoating: Swift Kids for Truth

In the "just because it's funny" category, we thought we'd bring you today's entertainment courtesy of Swift Kids for Truth, whose main target is Hillary Rodham Clinton. A spoof on the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group that wrecked John Kerry's 2004 presidential quest, Swift Kids for Truth is out to get something far different: laughs. Unlike the bitter old cronies they spoof, the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 19, 2008; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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