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The Sleuth: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

If Sen. Clinton is Exhausted at 11 pm, What Happens at 3 am?

By now you may have heard how Bill Clinton dredged up his wife's Bosnia debacle -- which began with this interview with Sinbad the comedian -- at a campaign stop in Indiana Thursday night. Defending Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) embellishment of danger in Tuzla during her 1996 trip, the former president said: "This is a big deal to her. Some of you may have seen...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 11, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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Democrats Repudiate McCain Surrogate's 'Tiger Woods' Comment

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is raising cain over a GOP congressional candidate and John McCain surrogate who made what the DCCC is labeling a "racist" statement at a McCain rally on Capitol Hill Tuesday. The candidate, David Bellavia, who is running for the open seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), gave a short but oddly rambling and disjointed speech, closing with:...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 10, 2008; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Trent Lott: Man of the People, Fledgling Lobbyist

Republican Lott (left) and Democrat Breaux have opened a lobby shop(Lott - Freddie Lee - Getty Iamges; Breaux - Brad Puckett - AP) Former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is struggling a bit to adjust to life as a lobbyist. "I took the Metro for the first time," Lott told the Sleuth Thursday afternoon in the makeup room of MSNBC, where he and his new...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 10, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Karl Rove's Awkward Moment

Former White House chief strategist Karl Rove wasn't clapping when Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo was given the "Blogger of the Year" award (in absentia) at The Week magazine's Opinion Awards dinner at the Four Seasons hotel Tuesday night. Marshall won the award for his relentless coverage of the U.S. attorneys firings scandal -- and the White House's behind-the-scenes role in the firings. Since...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 9, 2008; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Deal Behind Sen. Klobuchar's Endorsement of Obama

Been wondering what superdelegates are getting in return for their recent presidential endorsements? Well, in the case of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who hopped off the fence last week to endorse Barack Obama, she didn't get a thing. But her 12-year-old daughter, Abigail, did. Klobuchar says it wasn't exactly a quid-pro-quo but she did let it be known to Obama that Abigail would like to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 9, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Grover Norquist Endorses Condi Rice for Veep

No speaker goes to conservative activist Grover Norquist's Wednesday breakfast meeting without a purpose. And so it was with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice two weeks ago when she convinced a rapt audience -- without even raising the possibility -- that she should be the next vice president. Is Condoleeezza Rice pondering a campaign to be John McCain's runningmate? (Reuters file photo) "If her goal...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 8, 2008; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Sen. Vitter And D.C. Madam May Reunite in Court

It looks like Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) may finally have to answer questions about how his number wound up repeatedly on the so-called D.C. Madam's phone list between 1999 and 2001 when he was a House member. Vitter, who admitted last year that he had committed a "very serious sin," is among a half dozen witnesses who the defense lawyer for former escort service owner...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 7, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Validity for Draft Condi Movement?

Was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's interview with Fitness magazine part of a public relations effort to get her on the 2008 GOP presidential ticket? We have to wonder. Especially now that Dan Senor, a former foreign policy advisor to President Bush, floated the idea of Condi for Veep on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos". Senor, the former chief spokesman for coalition forces in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 7, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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