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The Sleuth: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

Obama Disavows Pastor's Remarks

Looks like Barack Obama is kicking his crazy uncle out of the basement. The Democratic presidential hopeful has compared his longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, to an "old uncle" with whom he doesn't always agree. But with the controversial preacher's racially inflammatory remarks and sermons burning up the Internet over the past 24 hours or so, the Obama campaign had to respond with some...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 14, 2008; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (550)
 
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Whose Money is Dirtier, Client No. 9's or Sen. Vitter's?

Attention, House Republicans: you are on high hypocrisy alert. As long as the National Republican Congressional Committee continues to fume about Democrats who took "sleazy" campaign contributions from disgraced New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, then a Washington watchdog group is going to make a big stink about Republicans who took campaign donations from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who, like Spitzer, also had a brush of...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 13, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Spitzer, Gone But Not Forgotten

Even though he resigned in shame yesterday, House Republicans still have Eliot Spitzer to kick around. Seizing on the Empire State's biggest sex scandal of the century (thus far), the National Republican Congressional Committee is sticking to its crusade to bash New York Democratic lawmakers and candidates for the thousands of dollars in campaign contributions they've received from Spitzer. "New York Democrats should resign themselves...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Where Are They Now: Gary Hart

With the media focused on a sex scandal involving a major politician with aspirations for high office, Gary Hart's name has been popping all over the place this week (such as in the L.A. Times, N.Y. Times and Newsweek). Former senator and two-time presidential candidate Gary Hart. (File photo/Getty Images) And by coincidence, Hart was spotted in the flesh Wednesday on Capitol Hill. A regular...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 12, 2008; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Silda Spitzer, Same Outfit in Happier Times

Maybe Silda Spitzer viewed standing by her man at today's resignation press conference as an eco-outfit opportunity. Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife Silda Wall Spitzer at Monday's press conference. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) The now former first lady of New York wore what looked to be the exact same suit and scarf that she wore in this video on Domino magazine's web site. Though, in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 12, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sinbad Unloads on Hillary Clinton

Finally, the Barack Obama campaign has found a big gun to help shoot down Hillary Rodham Clinton's self-proclaimed foreign policy experience. And he may be the wackiest gun of all: Sinbad, the actor, who has come out from under a rock to defend Obama in the war over foreign policy credentials. Sinbad, along with singer Sheryl Crow, was on that 1996 trip to Bosnia that...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 11, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (369)
 
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Did Spitzer's New York Snobbery Doom Him?

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's alleged "business" with a high-priced prostitution ring just goes to show how little New Yorkers respect Washington. Spitzer, a.k.a., Client 9, reportedly arranged to have a prostitute from the exclusive call-girl service Emperors Club VIP travel from New York to Washington to meet him in a D.C. hotel room -- on the night before Valentine's Day, no less. And if...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 10, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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