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The Sleuth: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Palin Saves Herself from Herself

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at the vice presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) Since Sarah Palin had nowhere to go but up last night, most everyone opining on the vice presidential debate thinks she dug herself out of the Category 5 Hurricane Katie wreckage. But not everyone thinks Palin's darn-right,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 3, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (753)
 
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Rep. Sherman, Not So Popular On the Playground

California Democrat Brad Sherman isn't making many friends in Washington this week with his outspoken opposition to the House bailout bill. (Getty Images) If the House of Representatives was a playground, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) might be most likely to get beat up. Sherman, who led the House revolt against the bailout bill this week (and will do so again on Friday), has become...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 2, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Debate Watch '08 - Thrilla in St. Louis Fundraiser

What better place to watch the Thrilla in St. Louis than at a huge sports bar? About 300 to 400 Republicans are expected to watch tonight's showdown between vice presidential contenders Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at the ESPN Zone in downtown Washington. The debate watch party is actually - surprise, surprise - a fundraiser to benefit the McCain-Palin campaign....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 2, 2008; 6:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Biden Camp Preps for Debate: 'Gender Isn't the Issue'

Aides to Joe Biden think the Delaware senator will be well-served by his primary debate experience against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Steve Helber -- AP) Don't expect Sen. Joe Biden to go easy on Gov. Sarah Palin in Thursday's first and only vice presidential debate. Despite all the hype over how the rough-and-tumble, wild-tongued senior senator from Delaware will soften his approach in debating...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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After Bailout Bill Failure, An Un-Shanah-Like Shanah Tova

Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year, isn't exactly a day of fresh beginnings in the House, where partisan animosity remains intense a day after all hell broke loose. The blame game continues over which party's House leadership is at fault for the stunning defeat Monday of a massive bipartisan $700 billion financial bailout bill. Mainly, it's a blame game over counting (or...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 30, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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McCain Campaign, Of MILF and Men

What a bizarre (and tawdry) series-of-tubes headache for the McCain campaign. How could it be that a Web site titled "VoteForTheMilf" redirects users to Republican nominee John McCain's official campaign Website? True stuff. Or at least it was until someone mysteriously un-directed the redirection. As of just moments ago, anyone who typed "www.voteforthemilf.com" into his or her Web browser and hit enter was immediately redirected...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 29, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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