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The Sleuth: August 24, 2008 - August 30, 2008

The Beauty and the Gramp, McCain-Palin

DENVER - The Sleuth is leaving Denver amid a furious media frenzy over nothing having to do with the Democratic National Convention but over John McCain's shocking vice presidential pick: a 44-year-old former beauty queen who is a first-term governor of Alaska. Sarah Palin was dubbed "America's Hottest Governor" by Alaska magazine. She also posed for Vogue magazine last year. Bumper stickers in Alaska declare:...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 29, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
 
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A Subdued Reaction to Obama Speech

Vanity Fair/Google Party (Photo: Mary Ann Akers) Here's a scene from the Google/Vanity Fair party around 8:15 p.m. MT, as Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech. As you can see, not everyone was aroused....

By Paul Volpe  |  August 29, 2008; 12:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Party Time '08  
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Party Time '08: Bennifer II, Films and Parties

DENVER -- Three of the most popular chicks at the convention this week are the co-founders of the Impact Film Festival. Kimball Stroud, Jody Arlington and Jamie Shor screened documentaries by day in a tent outside the Pepsi Center and by night held hot parties. Last night, together with the Screen Actors Guild, they brought Washington and Hollywood together in Denver at what was billed...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 28, 2008; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Party Time '08  
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Kerry's Moment of Unity With Swift Boat Financier Pickens

DENVER - The "unity" theme here went a little overboard at one point on the floor last night, at least as far as Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is concerned. On the very night that Kerry delivered his rousing partisan speech to the Democratic National Convention, skewering John McCain as a flip-flopper, he ran into his mortal enemy, billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens, on the floor....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 28, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Movie Star Kerry Washington: Southern Men Need Not Apply

Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.), one of his party's fastest rising stars and a prominent surrogate for Barack Obama, drew attention last year when he openly flirted with silver screen beauty Kerry Washington at a hearing (at which he was requesting funding for a sewer project, no less). When the Sleuth ran into Washington Tuesday night at a late-night convention party, we asked the single 31-year-old...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 27, 2008; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Heath Shuler Finds He's Better at Bat Than Passing On Field

DENVER - Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), the highly paid but ill-fated former Redskins quarterback, may have redeemed himself with fans who wanted him run out of town. Shuler, who returned to Washington in January 2007 in the form of a congressman, went yard Tuesday at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. Lobbyists and others sitting in the stands at the "Day at Coors Field"...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 27, 2008; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Party Time '08: Sean Penn To 'Reluctantly' Vote For Obama

DENVER -- The hottest actor at the Democratic National Convention, Sean Penn, tells the Sleuth he'll vote for Barack Obama and that his event this week with Ralph Nader is not an endorsement of the consummate party spoiler. "I'm not supporting Nader for president," Penn tells the Sleuth. Sean Penn shakes hands with Ted Koppel at an Oxfam America Hurricane Katrina event in Denver on...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 27, 2008; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Party Time '08  
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Obama-Bruce Not To Be

DENVER -- OK, the Sleuth did her best to promote a knock-out Bruce Springsteen show at Invesco Field at Mile High, reporting the widespread speculation here that the Boss would make a surprise appearance on stage Thursday for Barack Obama's acceptance speech. Following up on our colleague Josh Freedom du Lac's reporting that the rumor was untrue, the Sleuth contacted a Democratic National Convention source...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 27, 2008; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Mark Warner's One-Liner for The Ages

DENVER -- The best one-liner of the night on Tuesday came from former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who was touting his business career: "I got in on the ground floor of the cell phone business." That's certainly one for the history books....

By Paul Volpe  |  August 27, 2008; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Party Time '08: No-Name Entertainment Attracts a Crowd

DENVER - The New Democrat Coalition had the right idea in featuring a band no one has ever heard of for its party here in Denver this week. That way, all House members and staff can attend the party for free. The House ethics committee came down hard on the New Democrat Coalition's rival moderate Democratic group, the Blue Dog Coalition, which made the grave...

By Washington Post editors  |  August 26, 2008; 9:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Party Time '08  
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Where Are They Now? John Kasich's Denver

In this installment of the series known as "Where Are They Now," we take a look at former congressman John Kasich. DENVER - When we ran into former GOP congressman John Kasich of Ohio inside the Pepsi Center, we wondered if maybe he had had some sort of radical transformation and joined Republicans for Obama. He was known, after all, for having a wild streak...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 26, 2008; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Party Time '08: From Jimmy Hoffa to Mickey Hart

DENVER -- Night two of the late-night party hopping scene here took the Sleuth from a scotch-and-cigar bash, to GQ magazine's celebrity-and-beautiful-people party, to a raucously uplifting concert by Robert Randolph & the Family Band. And in between, there were other stops. (And yes, we are hurting today.) Lots of members of Congress, lobbyists and members of the Fourth Estate partied it up at...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 26, 2008; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Party Time '08: Who Can and Cannot Dance in Denver

UPDATED, 8:44 p.m. ET: House members and their staff better have plenty of cash with them here at the convention. The Sleuth has just learned they'll have to pay beaucoup bucks if they still want to see hip-hop king Kanye West's live concert on Wednesday at a late-night bash co-sponsored by the ONE Campaign and the Recording Industry Association of America. Just as they had...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 25, 2008; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Party Time '08  
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Party Time '08: Obama and The Boss?

DENVER -- The feverish buzz around the Pepsi Center is that Bruce Springsteen -- whose song "The Rising" is an Obama campaign theme song -- will make a special appearance in Denver this week, possibly joining Barack Obama on stage Thursday night when the Democratic candidate gives his acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High stadium. An appearance by Bruce Springsteen could further add...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 24, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Surprise GOP Speaker at Dem Convention: Jim Leach

On the last day of campaigning before the 2002 midterm elections, President Bush visited Cedar Rapids, Iowa to show his support for Republican candidates and was joined by Iowa Rep. Jim Leach. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite) UPDATED 7:41 p.m. ET: The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and the Obama for America campaign have confirmed that former Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) will speak Monday, the opening night...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 24, 2008; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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