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The Sleuth: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

Should Sarah Palin Go on Saturday Night Live?

After giving the show so much rich material and sending its ratings sky high, Sarah Palin has decided to get all mavericky with Tina Fey live on stage. That's right, the Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor is going on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. "I haven't seen a script -- not at all," Palin told syndicated radio host Neal Boortz Friday. "Haven't been...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 17, 2008; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Vito Fossella's Got Nothing on Ted Stevens

Most eyes in Washington are focused on the trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) as he takes the stand again today in his federal corruption case. But others are interested to see whether Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) can beat his misdemeanor drunk driving charge at his trial in Alexandria General District Court this morning. The 84-year-old Stevens, the first U.S. senator to face trial in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 17, 2008; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Joe the Plumber Takes Internet By Storm

Ohioan Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. "Joe the Plumber," speaking with Sen. Barack Obama on a camaign rope line this week. (Reuters Photo) Just about every news outlet has something to say about last night's most oft mentioned name in the final presidential debate, the conservatives' newfound cause celeb, Joe the Plumber. Discovered by Fox News and thrust into the heart of the presidential campaign, Joe...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 16, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Palin for Veep, Joe the Plumber for Homeland Security

Given how many times he invoked Joe's name in the final debate, John McCain may as well announce he'll nominate Joe the Plumber to be Homeland Security secretary if elected president. Joe the Plumber is otherwise known as Joe Wurzelbacher, who you can see here in this video confronting Barack Obama over his tax plan....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 15, 2008; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Rep. Jose Serrano, Raising the Median Age on Facebook

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) is really into Facebook. We're talking about a guy who turns 65 later this month, and he doesn't even call it "The" Facebook, like - ahem - a certain other senior citizen at the very highest echelon of government who famously referred to "The" Google. "I just passed 1,200 friends!" Serrano excitedly told the Sleuth Wednesday. Rep. Jose Serano's page on...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 15, 2008; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sleuth's 2nd Official Presidential Debate Watch Game

We predict tonight's debate will be livelier than last week's snooze-fest. John McCain has no choice. (Hello, Mr. 14 Points Behind!) All of which means the Sleuth's official debate watch game could get out of control. Let's get right to it. The rules are the same as last week and, again, the Sleuth does not condone binge drinking! (So, please, no emails tomorrow complaining about...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 15, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Curse of the Mark Foley Seat, Now Mahoney's

Florida Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney's "private life" may end up costing him public office. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) publicly apologized to his constituents and family today by reading a statement that implicitly, at least, seemed to acknowledge some sort of violation of his marriage. Though he did not outright admit to any wrongdoing. Mahoney read a brief statement at a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 14, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Michigan Dems: In Lieu of Sarah Palin, Send Tina Fey

Since they can't have Sarah Palin, they'll take the next best (and funniest) thing: Tina Fey. Michigan Democrats are revving up their spoofy petition drive to "bring Tina Fey to Michigan," which, if nothing else, is a clever design to cull the email addresses of scores of potential donors who could be tapped for cash, all in the name of satire. The Michigan Democratic Party...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 13, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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