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The Sleuth: July 13, 2008 - July 19, 2008

Is Sen. Thune Trying Out for Veep Nominee?

After making his third appearance on behalf of John McCain's presidential campaign in about as many weeks, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has begun to look like he's at Major League tryout camp. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) (Alex Wong--Reuters) On Thursday, Thune participated in a news conference in Washington to unveil a McCain campaign video slamming presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's "political posturing" on the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 18, 2008; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fannie and Freddie Ready To Drown Their Sorrows

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plan to let loose and forget about their troubles at this summer's Democratic and Republican national conventions, while plying their congressional critics with champagne and hors d'oeuvres. While congress considers a taxpayer-funded rescue plan, the twin mortgage giants are planning to host receptions in Denver, where Democrats will hold their convention beginning Aug. 28, and in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where Republicans...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 18, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Party Time '08  
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GOP Sen. Hatch's Ballad to Liberal Buddy Ted Kennedy

Hard to imagine, but conservative Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) stands to play a vital role at the Democratic convention in Denver next month. And it could be a real tearjerker. Hatch, a songwriter, has written a ballad for the Senate's ultimate liberal lion, his dear old friend and longtime legislative ally, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), which Democrats are considering having performed in the Mile High...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 16, 2008; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Glass Ceiling Busters Storm House and Senate

The Senate quietly shattered a glass ceiling this week. The Rev. Dr. Patricia Bryant Harris, a Methodist pastor in Wilmington, Del., became the first black woman to serve as a guest chaplain in the Senate. She opened the historic session of the chamber praying that the "result of all the works within this place free people, free nations from grief, hunger and pain." Asked how...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 16, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Rep. Giffords's Spacey Party

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is a little less spaced out now that her husband is back on planet Earth. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Cmdr. Mark Kelly. (Courtesy Gabrielle Giffords) The newlywed congresswoman is so proud of her husband, Cmdr. Mark E. Kelly, who commanded last month's space shuttle mission to the International Space Station, she's throwing a party for him tonight on Capitol Hill....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 16, 2008; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Kucinich's Impeachment Res on House Floor Today

OK, impeachment watchers, tune in to C-SPAN's House channel at 5 p.m. ET today to watch Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) next step in his crusade to impeach President Bush. As Kucinich announced in an e-mail to supporters today, "This afternoon, at approximately 5 p.m. (EDT), the Clerk of the House of Representatives will give the first reading of the Article of Impeachment of President George...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 15, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Party Time '08 -- A Star-Studded Democratic Convention

Besides obsessing over the lineup of prime time speakers, national convention planners in both parties are frenetically orchestrating the behind-the-scenes fun -- the real reason why people go to these events: to party. More than just coronating their respective presidential nominees, the Republican and Democratic national conventions have long been bastions of booze-and-schmooze infused celebrations, where influence peddlers wine and dine the masses and rub...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 14, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Party Time '08  
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