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The Sleuth: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

Fed Chief Bernanke Has How Many Friends On Facebook?

When your job is running the entire economy, navigating the stormy ups and downs of the stock market, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, etc., you need a lot of friends. Which would explain why Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke might have a Facebook page, where he can make all the friends he needs. A Facebook page bearing the name of Benjamin Bernanke sure looked real enough....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 10, 2008; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Rev. Jackson's Loose Lips, From 'Hymietown' to Obama's Anatomy

Play Video VIDEO | Jackson Apologizes for Comments About Obama Is this nuts, or what? Rev. Jesse Jackson's vulgar comment revealed Wednesday -- that he wanted to castrate presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama -- wasn't his first presumed off-record gaffe. Remember "Hymietown"? And while the two different slurs uttered 24 years apart were uniquely offensive, they were similar in that Jackson assumed in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 9, 2008; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Freshman GOP Rep. Heller's Anti-GOP Rhetoric Stirs Reaction

Freshman Rep. Dean Heller's (R-Nev.) unusually frank comments about his own party needing to "clean house" -- starting with members of the historic class of 1994 -- are rubbing his GOP colleagues the wrong way. And predictably, members of the famous revolution class that ended a 40-year Democratic reign in the House are especially peeved. Heller's offense was telling the Las Vegas Review Journal, "I'm...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 9, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Vitter Seeks Help Paying for 'Very Serious Sin'

Off the hook but cash strapped, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is appealing to the Federal Election Commission to allow him to use campaign donations to defray legal costs associated with his involvement in the famed D.C. Madam case. Sen. David Vitter accompanied by his wife Wendy Vitter at a news conference in Metairie, La. on July 16, 2007. (AP File Photo/Alex Brandon) According to this...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 8, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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