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The Sleuth: February 24, 2008 - March 1, 2008

D.C. Madam Announces Her Own Trial

The "D.C. Madam" who ensnared Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in her den of iniquity, so to speak, is finally getting her say in court. Unfortunately for her, a full trial is scheduled for April 7th in U.S. District Court in Washington, according to an email the so-called madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, circulated to her email list Thursday. The trial, it should be noted, has nothing...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 28, 2008; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Democrats to Tell Kids: 'Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.'

Woops, an errant email advisory sent to House Democratic members by Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office had some unique suggested talking points for the upcoming "Read Across America" day. Basically, it said, just tell the kids and their teachers: blah, blah, blah. In the email, the speaker's press office advised other Democrats to visit an elementary school in their districts on March 3 and talk about...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 28, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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It's Elementary, My Dear for GOP House Candidate

Wow, the criteria for becoming a member of Congress are getting tougher all the time. A Republican House candidate from Missouri is sounding as if he thinks he'll have a leg up on the competition to replace retiring Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.), who's running for governor -- and not just because of his rushing yards record. Brock Olivo, a former star running back for the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 28, 2008; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Debbie Dingell: Angst-ridden Superdelegate and Congressional Spouse

If angst of a superdelegate were a portrait, it would look just like Debbie Dingell, the wife of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Debbie Dingell, Washington insider ... and superdelegate. (Scott Garfield for The Washington Post) Dingell the superdelegate (the blonde one, not the bald one; they're both superdelegates) is losing sleep over the political mess she...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 27, 2008; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Sen. Warner, 81, Off the DL, But Not 91-year-old Byrd

While octogenarian Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) was released from the hospital Wednesday and immediately went back to work, nonagenarian Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) remains at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington after falling at his home late Monday night. Byrd, 90, the oldest and longest serving member of the Senate -- who, as president pro tempore of the Senate, is third in line of...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 27, 2008; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Attention, Parents: Larry Craig is Seeking Interns

If you've ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in Sen. Larry Craig's office, now's your chance. The Idaho Republican has just announced he's taking applications for summer internships in his Capitol Hill office, which has been the brunt of gossip and many a colorful "wide stance" joke ever since last summer, when Craig was busted in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport men's room...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 26, 2008; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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