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The Sleuth: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Norm Coleman: Buys His Own Suits, Vows No More Negative Ads

Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman (R) put to rest the question of who buys his suits. (REUTERS/Eric Miller ) After dodging questions all week and irking Minnesota political reporters, endangered Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) finally answered the question today of whether one of his biggest donors bought suits for the senator. "Nobody except my wife or me bought my suits," Coleman said unequivocally in a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 10, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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White House Schedules Call With Financial Services Lobbyists

The White House has planned a 2:30 p.m. ET conference call today with jittery financial services lobbyists to give them more details on President Bush's thinly-worded Rose Garden address this morning aimed at calming the nation's collective anxiety attack over the economic meltdown. It was Bush's first national address on the crisis since signing into the law the $700 billion bailout bill. As Bush said...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 10, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Joe Biden Laughs Uncontrollably Over SNL Veep Debate Skit

No one is laughing harder at Saturday Night Live's portrayal of Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden than Joe Biden himself. Appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" Wednesday, Biden laughed, and laughed, and laughed -- and laughed some more -- when host Diane Sawyer played a clip of last weekend's gut-busting vice presidential debate skit. Biden was laughing so hard after watching the clip of...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 9, 2008; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
 
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Former Fannie Chief Franklin Raines's Civic Duty

Guess where beleaguered former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines spent the better part of his day Wednesday? (Hint: Not in front of a congressional committee, where plenty of lawmakers, especially Republicans, would love to grill the Clinton-appointed former Fannie chief for his role in helping to cause the nation's living financial nightmare.) Franklin Raines was in court yesterday for reasons having nothing to do with...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 9, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Joe Biden Isn't Joe Biden Anymore, He's John McCain

Thanks to the lightning speed of the Republican National Committee's media team, this video was circulated everywhere today. It shows an announcer at a Democratic campaign rally in Tampa getting Joe Biden confused with John McCain. Instead of introducing Biden as the "next vice president of the United States," the announcer flubbed his introduction and said "the next Vice President of the United States,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 8, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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My Friends, McCain's Tic Is Back

Just a brief note about last night: For anyone who didn't heed our warning and wound up playing the Sleuth's official debate watch game as a drinking game (which, again, we did not advocate), you are probably feeling like mildewed leftovers. Or maybe like Jell-O that's been nailed to a wall. Because given the number of times GOP presidential nominee John McCain said "my friends"...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 8, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Sleuth's Presidential Debate Watch Game

Tonight's debate watch games probably won't be as much fun as last week's Palin Bingo. But don't fret, there are still games to be played during this second presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama. You betcha there are! We spotted an old fashioned drinking game at this blog, DavetheNovelist, whose resident novelist blogger suggests doing shots each time McCain or Obama utters certain...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 7, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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