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The Sleuth: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

Dems Demand Norm Coleman Return Sexy Oil Money

It didn't take long for the sex-drugs-and-oil-drilling scandal at the Interior Department to seep into congressional politics. It's a bit of a stretch. But still, Minnesota Democrats are hitting Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) for $12,000 in contributions he took from Chevron, one of the energy companies implicated in the scandal. The Minnesota Democratic party, officially known as the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, is asking Coleman to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 12, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Artur Davis Tying Knot, Dissing Dems Who Diss Palin's Religion

Sorry, ladies. But House heartthrob Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.)¸ Barack Obama's Alabama campaign chairman, is off the market. Davis, who represents Birmingham and turns 41 next month, has announced his engagement to Tara Johnson of Montgomery. She works for the Alabama Forestry Commission. The congressman has been dating Johnson for a year and a half, according to a Davis spokeswoman. They are to be married...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 12, 2008; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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MMS Chicks Drilling for Dollars and Drugs

Given the new report exposing sex, drugs and other wild times at the Interior Department's federal oil and minerals revenue agency, the burning question in Washington today is: which tawdry men's magazine will be first to publish a "Women of the Minerals Management Service" spread? A story in in today's Washington Post paints a picture of an agency run amok with employees boozing it up,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 11, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
 
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'Say It Ain't So' Joe Lieberman Dines Sans Dems

In case you were worried, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) didn't dine alone Tuesday. On the first day of his self-imposed exile from the weekly Senate Democratic Caucus lunches, Lieberman joined retiring Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) in giving a speech to the Pew Charitable Trusts about their stalled joint climate change bill. Even after his speech at the Republican National Convention, Connecticut Democrat -turned-Independent Joe Lieberman...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 10, 2008; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Cohen Under Fire for Obama-Jesus, Palin-Pilate Comparison

UPDATED, 4:40 p.m. ET: Cohen tells the Sleuth he did not intend to compare Obama to Jesus. "I didn't and I wouldn't compare anyone to Jesus. Jesus cannot be compared to anyone," Cohen told us via an email sent by his spokeswoman. "What I pointed out was that Jesus was a force of change, and those who work to accomplish change deserve respect." Cohen explained...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 10, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
 
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How Rep. Rangel Became a GOP Talking Point on Energy

House Republicans have wasted no time making use of that photo of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) napping on the beach in front of his controversial beachfront villa in the Dominican Republic -- the vacation home for which he failed to report rental income on his tax returns and financial disclosure forms. The photo of Rangel, which appeared in a New York Post story on Aug....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 9, 2008; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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New Immigration Ads Stir the Melting Pot

UPDATE: The Federation for American Immigration Reform is fighting back against a full-page ad placed in two Capitol Hill newspapers today painting the organization as an extremist hate group. In a statement release this afternoon, FAIR called the ad a "smear" campaign by a coalition of pro-immigration groups, which includes the National Council of La Raza. "The ad utterly distorts FAIR's 30-year record of advocacy...

By Paul Volpe  |  September 9, 2008; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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What About Bush Makes Sen. Coleman So Flustered?

Republicans sure got tongue-tied when they were asked on the street outside their party's convention last week to express their feelings about President Bush. Just look at Sen. Norm Coleman's (R-Minn.) response in this video. The only two words we could make out -- before the senator stuck out his tongue, rolled his eyes and shook his head -- were "well" and "uh." The question...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 8, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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