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The Sleuth: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

John Kennedy, a Politician By Any Other Name

In the hotly contested Senate race down in Louisiana, a feller's gotta do what a feller's gotta do to win. Even if that means, as a Republican, associating yourself with the Kennedys. Actually, the Republican candidate for Senate in Louisiana is a Kennedy. Though, not one of the Kennedys. He's state Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 13, 2008; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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My Husband Went to Gitmo and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

In light of Thursday's Supreme Court ruling on detainees at Guantanamo Bay, we thought it would be a good time to disclose the "presents" we received last week from the gift shop at Gitmo. T-shirt fromt the Guantanamo Bay gift shop. (Photo: Emma Patti, washingtonpost.com. Model: Christine Stoddard) The Sleuth's husband, a reporter who went to Guantanamo last week to cover the arraignment of five...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 12, 2008; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Father's Day With Larry Craig

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has a Father's Day message for his children on his web site. The message is: thanks for sticking up for me after that airport sex bust, kids. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), April 2008 (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) In an editorial appearing on his Senate site, Craig celebrates the joys of fatherhood and his 24th year as "Dad to Mike, Jay...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 12, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Vito Fossella Hires OJ's and Gotti's Private Eyes

Down-and-out Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) has hired two private detectives to help him beat his drunk driving charge, which he plans to fight in court in Alexandria, Va., on June 27. As first reported in the New York Daily News today, Fossella has hired the very same gumshoes who once worked for the likes of O.J. Simpson, Patty Hearst and mafia boss John Gotti. The...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 12, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Ds and Rs Fight Over Who Raises Dirtier Dough

The Republican and Democratic House fundraising and recruiting entities are sparring over which group, the National Republican Congressional Committee or the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, raises dirtier money. (A snippet of their schoolyard fight: "You do!" "No, you do!" Thwack!) In light of Barack Obama's mandate that his campaign and the Democratic National Committee cease taking contributions from lobbyists, the nearly bankrupt NRCC is slamming...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 11, 2008; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rep. Richardson's Financial Report Could Shed Light on Foreclosure Woes

We may learn more about Rep. Laura Richardson's (D-Calif.) home foreclosure debacle on Monday, when House members' annual financial reports are due to be released publicly. Surprisingly, Richardson filed her report on time rather than seeking an extension, her spokesman, William Marshall, tells us. But Marshall says he can "neither confirm nor deny" whether the disclosure report will reflect the full extent of the beleaguered...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 11, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Yawn. Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones Are Back

They're just two chicks chatting (and chewing gum, no doubt). Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones, whose ties to Bill Clinton put them in the spotlight in the 1990s -- and in the centerfolds of lad mags -- have teamed up to create videos of themselves sharing intimate secrets about the former president and former would-be first husband. On their trashy web site, for just $1.99...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 11, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Rep. Richardson's Financial Disaster Worsens

It appears Rep. Laura Richardson's (D-Calif.) financial woes are mounting. Foreclosing on one home and defaulting several times on two others isn't her only problem, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The paper reports that Richardson also has a history of not making car repair payments on her BMW, which she ultimately abandoned. LONG BEACH - Car trouble takes on a new meaning when it...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 10, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Warning to Sen. Vitter: DC Madam Case Not Over?

Maybe Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) isn't completely off the hook when it comes to the late "D.C. Madam," Deborah Jean Palfrey. And other Washington Johns who used the late Palfrey's escort service and whose names remained below the radar screen may want to find a nice hiding place. Palfrey's civil attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, sent an e-mail to reporters today claiming that since Palfrey, who...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 9, 2008; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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