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The Sleuth: April 27, 2008 - May 3, 2008

Rep. Vito Fossella: Drunker Than Just Drunk

There's drunk, and then there's knee-walking drunk, to steal a phrase from Conrad Burns, the colorful former senator from Montana. And Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) definitely fits into the category of knee-walking drunk. Fossella was arrested early Thursday in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va., and charged with driving while intoxicated. Now, an NBC affiliate in New York reports that the Staten Island congressman's blood...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 2, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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D.C. Madam Tragedy

Word that convicted "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jean Palfrey committed suicide Thursday morning shocked Capitol Hill, where Palfrey's most famous known client, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), was going about his day's work. Palfrey, 52, whose prosecutorial saga ballooned into a full-fledged political sex scandal, was found dead around 11 a.m. in a shed behind her mother's mobile home in Tarpon Springs, Fla., according to police....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 1, 2008; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Update on Madam's Suicide

UPDATE: Police now say D.C. Madam Deborah Jean Palfrey committed suicide by hanging herself. Palfrey's mother, Blanche Palfrey, found her daughter's body in a shed at the trailer park where she lives in Tarpon Springs, Fla. "Upon entering the shed located on the west side of the residence Blanche Palfrey discovered her daughter Deborah had apparently hung herself using a nylon rope from a metal...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 1, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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D.C. Madam Commits Suicide, Police Say

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the recently convicted D.C. Madam, apparently has committed suicide in Florida, according to police. "Detectives are investigating an apparent suicide of a W/F that appears to be in her early 50's (id not yet confirmed, Detectives believe the victim to be Deborah Jean Palfrey, 3/18/56 known allegedly as the 'D.C. Madam', who was reportedly staying at this location with her mother Blanche...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 1, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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'Recount' Screening Brings Back Memories, Evokes Anxiety

Laura Dern arguably steals the show in "Recount," the upcoming HBO flick about the contested 2000 presidential election. And after sitting next to Dern at a private screening of the movie Tuesday night, we know who her biggest fan of all is: her husband, Ben Harper, the Grammy award-winning soul/folk/funk musician who laughed riotously at his wife's every scene. Gov. Jeb Bush, left, and Secretary...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 30, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rep. Bart "Flash" Gordon

For the 19th time, Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) has won the title of "fastest man in Congress." Gordon did it again Wednesday morning, beating 33 other senators and House members in the annual ACLI Capital Challenge three-mile race in Washington's Anacostia Park. Gordon wasn't quite as fast as he was last year, but the 59-year-old congressman finished in 18 minutes and 40 seconds -- just...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 30, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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President Bush's Personal Recession: Jenna's Wedding

While President Bush acknowledged Tuesday that Americans are experiencing "very difficult economic times," he failed to mention his biggest personal financial woe: daughter Jenna's pending nuptials to fiancé Henry Hager. Henry Hager and Jenna Bush. (White House Photo) The cost of the first twin's wedding has become such a running joke at the White House that Fred Fielding, counsel to the president, recently gave Bush...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 29, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jeremiah Wright Unbound

The Obama campaign needed it like a hole in the head but still, Barack Obama's longtime pastor, Jeremiah Wright, unleashed himself with a fury on the Washington press corps Monday morning, delivering a sharp-tongued and comedic tutorial on cultural and religious differences between white and black folks. Wright, whose inflammatory "God Damn America" sermon has reverberated throughout the Internet, defended his patriotism and, in so...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 28, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Behind the Scenes at W's Last Correspondents' Dinner

As we strolled into the Washington Hilton ballroom Saturday night in penguin costumes and ball gowns for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, many of us asked ourselves: why do we come? The short answer is: the same reason we come every year, to rub elbows with the powerful and famous. The long answer is: to settle, once and for all, the burning question...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 28, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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