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The Sleuth: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

John Kerry's Vietnam Crew Mates Still Fighting Swift Boating

Perhaps Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens is haunted by his role in the 2004 "swift boating" smear campaign against Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). The billionaire financier gave $3 million to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004. But this year he has decided he won't finance any so-called 527 groups. In its story Friday about a "nonexistent" GOP third-party effort to tarnish Barack Obama,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 20, 2008; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Fossella's DWI Court Date Delayed

Lucky for Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.), this town will likely be empty by the time he goes to court to challenge drunk driving charges. Fossella's court date was originally scheduled for June 27 but it has been postponed until July or August, according to Fossella defense attorney Barry Pollack. Pollack cites a number of reasons for the delay, including a typo in his subpoeana to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 18, 2008; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kucinich Vows More Impeachment Articles On the Way

Democratic leaders who are worried about Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) impeachment obsession ain't seen nothing yet. Kucinich tells us he's giving the House Judiciary Committee 30 days to act on his resolution proposing 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush or else he'll raise even more hell on the House floor. Thirty-five articles was just the tip of the iceberg. If Judiciary does nothing,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 18, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ethics Group Files Complaint Against Rep. Richardson

The left-leaning watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, known as CREW, is asking the House ethics committee to launch an immediate investigation of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.). Specifically, CREW is asking the ethics panel, officially known as the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, whether Richardson took a loan in violation of House rules; failed to properly report a loan on...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 18, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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John Edwards, Striking a Pose and Running (For Something?)

Ex-presidential candidate John Edwards spent much of Tuesday making love to the camera, to use a modeling expression. The former North Carolina Democratic senator, who seems to be waffling of late on whether he'd accept the No. 2 spot on the Democratic presidential ticket, posed for a two-part photo shoot in Georgetown, his old Washington, D.C. neighborhood, for an upcoming fall issue of GQ magazine....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Report Sheds Little But Plot Thickens for Rep. Richardson

Anyone hoping for insight into Rep. Laura Richardson's (D-Calif.) tangled finances is likely to be disappointed by her first-ever congressional financial disclosure filing Monday. Richardson, a freshman House member who is fast becoming Congress's poster child for the subprime mortgage crisis, didn't shed any more light on how she lost one home to foreclosure, defaulted repeatedly on loans for two other houses and failed to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 16, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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