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The Sleuth: June 22, 2008 - June 28, 2008

Jenna's De Facto White House Wedding; Where Was Cheney?

To placate all you hungry Bush twin-philes, we have a few more details about Jenna (Bush) Hager's de facto White House wedding last weekend, the celebration for the hordes of extended family and friends who didn't make the cut for the real wedding down in Crawford. Henry and Jenna Hager (White House Photo) As we reported last April, the wedding was capped at first cousins...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 27, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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John Kerry's Showdown at the Swift Boat Corral

The group of Swift boat veterans who served alongside Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in Vietnam are steaming mad at oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens for reneging on his $1 million offer. Pickens, who helped fund the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads that sought to destroy 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Kerry's Vietnam credentials, says he won't give a dime to Kerry's crewmates. They failed to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 26, 2008; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Arizona DOT Official to Speed Racer Roberta McCain: Get a Driver

UPDATE: We found a record of one traffic citation against Roberta Wright McCain in online Arizona courts files, dated Sept. 30 2002, but it didn't specify what the traffic violation was for or -- if it was a speeding ticket -- how fast Mrs. McCain was driving. Our request for more information from the local court in Seligman, Ariz., where Mrs. McCain was issued the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 25, 2008; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Commencement Season's Plagiarism Virus

The old saying still holds true: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Just ask Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). He's flattered to pieces (and a little peeved) that Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) lifted one of his signature speeches nearly word for word. Isakson found out about the plagiarism episode just two weeks ago, after a columnist for the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia brought it to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 25, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Pelosi Touts Texas Rep. Chet Edwards For Veep

OK, so now we have a pretty good idea of who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would like to see in the No. 2 slot on the 2008 Democratic presidential ticket. Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas) "I do think in the list of considerations there should be somebody from the House of Representatives," Pelosi told Newsweek.com's TamCam blog. Specifically, she said, "Chet Edwards is a person that...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 25, 2008; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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For John McCain's Mom: Another Day, Another Speeding Ticket

Even skyrocketing gas prices aren't slowing down Roberta McCain, the indefatigable 96-year-old mother of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Roberta McCain. The would-be first mother -- and yes, she fully expects her Johnny to win the presidency in November -- is still speeding around like a NASCAR driver on the last lap. At a cocktail party held at the luxurious home of GOP super lobbyist Wayne...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 24, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Eddie Vedder Sings His 'Grievance' to Big Oil

Who gave Eddie Vedder the congressional Democrats' talking points on the evils of Big Oil and offshore drilling? (Hard to Imagine.) Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images) The Pearl Jam lead singer went on a tear during his concert Monday night at D.C.'s Verizon Center about the GOP's proposed plan to lift the ban on offshore drilling, the "corporate" mentality...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 23, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Advice for Obama on How to Kick the Cigs

Seems like just about everybody wants to put in his or her two cents on Barack Obama's smoking habit. A professor of medicine at the University of Louisville writes in an open letter to Obama, published in Sunday's Chicago Tribune: "I viewed with great interest your recent comments about your struggle to quit smoking. As a professor of medicine with a long-term research program focused...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 23, 2008; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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