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The Sleuth: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Rep. Blunt Offers Up Veep Pick Advice for McCain

Since so many others out there are giving their two cents worth on who they think John McCain should pick as his vice presidential running mate, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) figures he will, too. At least twice in the past week, Blunt has hinted that he'd like to see McCain pick former Ohio congressman Rob Portman, whose name has popped up as a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 1, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Party Time '08 - Dems Ready to Shake, Rattle & Roll

Organizers of the event are billing it as the "hippest party" at the Democratic convention in Denver. And odds are very high given that the bash, which will be hosted by the get-out-the-vote group HeadCount, features the electrifying Robert Randolph & The Family Band. "This should be one of the most mind-blowing events of the convention!" says Bruce Kieloch, the event chairman. And if you've...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 31, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rep. Conyers Gets Out Latino Vote for Obama (Or Maybe Not)

It wasn't exactly the crowd he was going after, but Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) really turned heads at Tuesday evening's reception to celebrate the gorgeous new chancery building of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China. It was something he wore: a button that said "Latinos for Obama." (barackobama.com) Conyers, the subpoena-wielding chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is African American, not Latino. And...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 31, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Rep. DeGette on 'Sex, Science and Stemcells' and Obama

It's not just the most powerful congressional leaders who are writing books these days. Backbencher Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) has one hitting bookstores next week. And even if the book itself isn't that sexy, the title helps: "Sex, Science and Stem Cells." DeGette, a chief architect of the stem cell research bill that was vetoed twice by President Bush, writes about the Bush administration's politicization...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 30, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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GOP Rep. Sessions' Defends His Burlesque Fundraiser

We had never heard of a member of Congress holding a fundraiser at a Las Vegas burlesque nightclub... until now. And the culprit is card-carrying conservative Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.). The same Pete Sessions who scolded Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake for forcing "their liberal values upon the rest of the country" after their infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime striptease. But that was then. Now...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 29, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Obama Backs Larry Craig? Change We Can't Believe In!

Just as Dewey defeated Truman, Barack Obama supports Sen. Larry Craig (R-Men's Room). A la the Chicago Tribune's famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline, folks all across Idaho are howling over a snafu that put presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on a political button with Larry Craig, who isn't even running for reelection in Idaho on account of his arrest in an airport men's room...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 28, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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