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The Sleuth: May 4, 2008 - May 10, 2008

Jews for Obama, Oy Vey!

Barack Obama's promise Thursday night to support Israel is just the tip of the iceberg of a vast organized grassroots effort to woo Jewish voters to support the Illinois senator's presidential campaign. A loose coalition of Jewish groups, including JewsForObama.net, is now working on putting together an ad to run in the New York Times and perhaps elsewhere that will essentially make the case for...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 9, 2008; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Embattled Rep. Fossella Speaks With House Chaplain

After admitting earlier today that he had an extramarital affair and fathered a child out of wedlock, Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.), who was nailed for drunk driving last week, was spotted today huddling with the House chaplain in the back of the chamber during floor debate. Fossella, who is married and has three children with his wife, could be seen standing on the back rail...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 8, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Rep. Fossella Admits to Having Love Child

Embattled Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) admitted today that he fathered a 3-year-old child born to a woman with whom the Staten Island congressman has had an extra-marital relationship for several years. "I have had a relationship with Laura Fay, with whom I have a three year old daughter," Fossella in a statement released by his crisis communications consultant. "My personal failings and imperfections have caused...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 8, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Troubled GOP Rep. Fossella On His Way Out?

The consensus on Capitol Hill is: Vito is finito. The clock is ticking on Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) -- or "Vino" Fossella, as the New York tabloids have taken to calling him -- who is battling not just drunken driving charges but much more personally scandalous allegations that could damage his party's prospects in the November congressional elections. GOP political insiders say Fossella, whose blood-alcohol...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 7, 2008; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Clinton, Fighting For Obama's Foreclosure Legislation?

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) raised eyebrows Tuesday night in her Indiana "victory" speech when she said: "I say it's time to freeze foreclosures for families most at risk of losing their homes, including our soldiers who are in harm's way and are being foreclosed on here in America." Funny enough, legislation to do just that -- freeze foreclosures for veterans and military families --...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 7, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Frustrated Rep. Abercrombie Has Advice for Obama

Hey, Obama Campaign, Look, Over Here! Would the Obama campaign please hush and listen to Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) for crying out loud? He's desperately trying to tell you something - but you won't listen. In fact, you won't event take his phone calls. "I call all the time but I never get through," a wildly frustrated Abercrombie tells the Sleuth. Abercrombie, an old friend...

By Eric Pianin  |  May 5, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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