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The Sleuth: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Rep. Pickering Rethinks Spending More Time With Family

When up-and-comer Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.) made the shocking announcement last summer that he was retiring, he said he wanted to spend more time with his family. It was just as shocking yesterday when the congressman disclosed he has filed for divorce. "My decision to initiate a divorce proceeding has been difficult, and not one that I have entered into lightly," the 44-year-old Pickering said...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 2, 2008; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Gonzo's Unsolicited Advice to McCain and Obama

Alberto Gonzales probably wouldn't be the first person Barack Obama or John McCain would turn to for guidance. Just look how the former Bush attorney general's legal advice on torture, wiretapping and secret overseas prisons turned out -- not to mention his decision to fire nine U.S. attorneys (which he doesn't remember). Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (Getty Images) But Gonzales is giving the two...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 2, 2008; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Christian Site's Ban on 'G' Word Sends Homosexual to Olympics

The American Family Association obviously didn't foresee the problems that might arise with its strict policy to always replace the word "gay" with "homosexual" on the Web site of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow. The group's automated system for changing the forbidden word wound up publishing a story about a world-class sprinter named "Tyson Homosexual" who qualified this week for the Beijing Olympics. Tyson Gay...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 1, 2008; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
 
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Ron Paul Has Eyes for Red Headed Stranger

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) may have ended his presidential campaign, but the libertarian gadfly isn't exactly going quietly into the good night. Not without a lot of smoke, anyway. Former libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul hopes to attract Willie Nelson to perform at his shadow convention in Minneapolis in September. Paul, the only presidential candidate currently on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list (8...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 30, 2008; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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