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The Sleuth: June 1, 2008 - June 7, 2008

Black Group Offended by Delivery of Obama T-Shirt

UPDATE: On Sunday, The Sleuth heard from the person who created the monkey t-shirt and sent one to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, as well as to other black organizations listed on the back of the shirt. His name is Kelly Newcom of Ash Flat, Ark., who insists, "“It'’s not a racial thing.”" “"I was extremely vexed over the fact that individuals who...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 6, 2008; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fossella Gone, But District's GOP Politics Remain Wild

Just because scandal-plagued Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) is leaving doesn't mean crazy things aren't still happening in his Staten Island district. They are. The GOP's top recruit to run in the New York 13th district is facing a challenge from none other than... his own son. His own embittered son, to be sure. The Staten Island Advance reports Fran Powers is seeking the Libertarian nod...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 6, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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GOP To Award Medal of Distinction to Druggie

If it's not one thing, it's another for the beleaguered National Republican Congressional Committee. Three bruising special election losses to Democrats in traditional GOP strongholds ... A Republican congressman caught with a DWI, a mistress and love child ... Deceived by its own treasurer, who's under federal investigation for possible embezzlement and bank fraud ... Severely cash strapped... . And now? Now, of all the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 5, 2008; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Out of the Picture

When senators gathered on the chamber floor Tuesday for their official annual photo dressed in their finest, hair combed and all smiles, a number of senators were noticeably asbsent: the three presidential candidates -- Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- and ailing Sens. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who was back home...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 5, 2008; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Rep. Cohen Haunted By Hillary/Fatal Attraction Gaffe

The grueling Democratic presidential primary may be over (but for the shouting), but the pain is only intensifying for freshman Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a Barack Obama backer whose gaffe last month comparing Hillary Rodham Clinton to the crazed Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" turned into a political horror show. Cohen, left, offended Emily's LIST after comparing Hillary Clinton to the lover-turned-stalker character from the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 4, 2008; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Byrd: Relieved That Cheney Apologized for Incest Joke

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) was hospitalized Monday shortly after he released a strongly worded statement condemning Vice President Dick Cheney for making an incest joke at the expense of his great state. Today, Byrd is feeling "much better," according to his spokesman, and had just one burning question for his staff during a conference call with aides this morning: Did the vice president apologize yet...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 4, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Rep. Gifford's Love From Outer Space

Washington may be having a collective anxiety attack about the finality and uncertainty of today's last Democratic presidential primaries. But the one person in town who is most on pins and needles this week is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). And not because she's as undeclared superdelegate. Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, is commanding the space shuttle Discovery's mission to the International Space Station this week...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 3, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cheney Apologizes for W. Va. Incest Joke

UPDATE: Vice President Dick Cheney has apologized through his spokeswoman for making an offhand joke during a speech at the National Press Club Monday stereotyping West Virginia as a state prone to incest. Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride tells us, "The Vice President's offhand comment was not meant to hurt anyone. On reflection, he concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 2, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (362)
 
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