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The Sleuth: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

Fred and Jeri Thompson, Not Entirely First Class

A star-spangled Fred Thompson, the former presidential candidate, and his wife, Jeri, flew back from St. Paul to Washington today -- he in first class, she in coach; he in a red, white and blue top hat, she hatless. Nothing says 'convention' like a huge, American top hat. Thompson, who spoke Tuesday night at the GOP convention, was spotted at the gate of his Northwest...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 5, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Media Elite Heading Back East

MINNEAPOLIS -- Among the journos fleeing the Twin Cities this morning after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention: • Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace • NBC's Tom Costello and Betsy Fisher • MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (two of the last to board their Reagan-bound flight) • CNN's John Roberts • BBC's Matt Frei, Katty Kay and Iva Zoric • New York...

By Paul Volpe  |  September 5, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Palin's (Borrowed) 'Lipstick' Schtick

Sarah Palin's now famous "lipstick" joke from her acceptance speech Wednesday night is generating lots of buzz in Democratic circles and the liberal blogosphere. Not because of how funny it was, but because of its similarity to another (in)famous one-liner delivered by controversial evangelical pastor John Hagee. Palin, who, like Hagee, is an evangelical Christian, had Republicans inside St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center doubled over...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 4, 2008; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
 
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McCain Tempers Excitement Over Palin Speech

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a stirring speech tonight in her debut as GOP vice presidential nominee. But could John McCain have been any more tepid in his enthusiasm for her on stage? McCain tried to recreate Barack Obama's move from last week, when the Democratic nominee joined his vice presidential pick, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), on stage following Biden's partisan rallying cry of an...

By Paul Volpe  |  September 4, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Rep. McCotter Stays Behind to Lead GOP Energy Speak-In

While other Republicans enjoy their party's convention in St. Paul, a small but motley crew of House Republicans stayed in Washington to continue staging their "energy speak-in" on the House floor, pounding away on the one issue they feel could save them from a Democratic tidal wave in November. Even though the cameras have been turned off during the recess protest, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.),...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 3, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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