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The Sleuth: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Friday Reflection: Rothschilds, Rednecks and John McCain

Our favorite political story of the week by far was news of John McCain's highly touted endorsement from one Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a "Hillraiser" who chose to support the GOP presidential nominee over Barack Obama, the man who defeated her dear friend Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. De Rothschild didn't stop making news with her endorsement. Later in the week,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 19, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Look Who Voted to Punish Rep. Charlie Rangel

Five Republicans sided with Democrats Thursday in defeating a GOP attempt to strip ethically embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) of his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. But none of them are among the Republicans who themselves are facing ethics investigations and charges. The motion, brought by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) was handily defeated, 226-176. Backing their leader in trying...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 18, 2008; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Rangel's 'Drip, Drip, Drip' Approach to Damage Control

Rep. Charlie Rangel's ethics woes have sorely tested the public relations ethos of his lawyer, veteran Washington spinmeister Lanny Davis. After serving as a top spokesman in the Clinton White House on all the hot crises - including Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky and the campaign finance investigations - Davis went on to write a guidebook for pols threatened with scandal called "Truth to Tell: Tell It...

By Eric Pianin  |  September 17, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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GOP Delegate Pays Dearly for Wild-and-Crazy Time in St. Paul

Looks like some delegates to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul had more fun than others. And one of them is paying a steep price for his fleeting good time. According to this gem of a story today in the Pioneer Press, which covers the Twin Cities, one GOP delegate from Denver was allegedly robbed by a woman he met in a swank hotel...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 16, 2008; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Mortgage Chaos Ensnares White House Press Secretary Perino

Sorry, home foreclosure vultures. If you were hoping to acquire White House press secretary Dana Perino's home at a Washington, D.C. government auction tomorrow, it looks like you're out of luck. President Bush's chief spokeswoman tells the Sleuth she has now paid her delinquent property tax bill in full and, therefore, she expects to avoid a scheduled sale this week of her Capitol Hill house....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 16, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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