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The Sleuth: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

Cantor for Veep Movement Gaining Steam

Conservatives wary of John McCain and worried about who he'll choose for a running mate are offering up ideas left and -- more to the point -- right. One of the ideas gaining momentum in conservative circles is Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.). McCain-Cantor Campaign Button Cantor, the 45-year-old Republican chief deputy whip of the House, has three great attributes: youth, conservative bona fides and geographic...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 25, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Media Ambush in Rep. Wexler vs. Bill O'Reilly

Is this the season for media ambushing of unsuspecting politicians, or what? The latest victim is Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), who was caught off guard by Fox News cameras in the driveway of his suburban Maryland home. Fox News, fueled by talk show host Bill O'Reilly, who admitted he had a vendetta against the congressman, was out to prove that Wexler resides in Rockville, Md.,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 25, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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Fannie and Freddie Drop Convention Party Sponsorship (Sort Of)

Under intense scrutiny, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have decided to remove their companies' respective names from the invitations to posh industry receptions at the Democratic and Republican national conventions. As the Sleuth reported on July 18, Fannie and Freddie were among the sponsors of parties in Denver, where the Democrats will be gathering, and in Minneapolis, where the Republicans will be holding...

By Washington Post editors  |  July 24, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rudy Giuliani's Son Files Suit Against Duke

Andrew Giuliani, the only son of the former New York City mayor, is teeing off with his best swing against Duke University, where he's a rising senior and aspiring pro golfer. The younger Giuliani has filed a federal lawsuit in North Carolina alleging he was kicked off the Duke golf team over "unfounded accusations" and the new coach's "bizarre Lord of the Flies scheme." Newsday...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 24, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fannie and Freddie, Saved But Still Loathed (By Some)

Fannie and Freddie are becoming the most unpopular couple on the Washington party circuit, at least in certain circles. Conservatives on Capitol Hill are exceedingly irate that, in the face of a massive congressional rescue of the twin mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plan to host posh receptions at both the Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer. (Click here to read our...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 23, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Richard Simmons Gets Congress Sweatin' to the Oldies

This could be the most high-energy week Congress has seen in a very, very long time. The man who is arguably America's most famous fitness icon of all time is coming to Capitol Hill to shake things up -- literally. Fitness guru Richard Simmons exercises during a 2000 publicity event. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, file) That's right, Richard Simmons, who turned 60 this month and whose...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 23, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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House Candidates Go For The Bling

It's amazing to see how some congressional candidates are spending their campaigns' money -- on hotels, limousines, wedding gifts for constituents, golf bags and spa items from Saks Fifth Avenue, crystal bowls from an upscale jewelry store. As Fred Astaire and Lil' Wayne might say, sky's the limit. Among the more interesting and offbeat expenditures listed in the latest campaign financial disclosure reports, the reelection...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 22, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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