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The Sleuth: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Sarah Palin Pranked by Sarkozy Impersonator

UPDATED, 11:07 P.M. Two well-known Canadian pranksters tricked Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin into thinking she was on the phone today with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The conversation, captured on a Montreal radio program, was, in a word, embarrassing. The fake Sarkozy buttered Palin up by telling her he hoped she would president some day. "Haha, maybe in eight years," Palin replied. Then the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 1, 2008; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
 
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Rep. Boehner Calls Obama a Chicken... What?

If Barack Obama wins the White House on Tuesday, his first meeting with House Minority Leader John Boehner could be very interesting. While campaigning for John McCain at Miami University of Ohio this week, Boehner, R-Ohio, pretty much called Obama a chicken in the strongest of terms." The House Republican leader spoke to students at the Brick Street Bar and Grill Wednesday and, according to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 31, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Newlywed GOP House Candidate Stivers Can Still 'Window Shop'

'Tis the season for mudslinging. And oh how the dirty accusations are flying in the House race for Ohio's hotly contested open 15th congressional seat, where Democrats are intimating the GOP candidate has a wandering eye when it comes to young gals. It all started when the Canton Repository wrote an item in its Capitol Notebook column titled "Window Shopping." The item noted how GOP...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 30, 2008; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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So Many Joes, So Little Time; Joe the Senator Prays For McCain

While Joe the Plumber is helping to get out the working-class vote for the GOP ticket in Ohio, another Joe is busy doing his part for John McCain--Joe the Senator. Otherwise known as Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Joe the Senator is wooing the small but possibly crucial Jewish voting bloc in Ohio that McCain campaign aides hope will help them capture the battleground state....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 30, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Palin Seeks to Smooth Things Over With McCain Adviser

Don't be surprised to see maligned McCain campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace rejoining GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on her campaign plane very soon. We're told Palin personally called Wallace last night to smooth things over and, more importantly, stop the campaign from totally imploding. As a vicious blame game within the campaign escalated over the $150,000 wardrobe debacle -- with many a finger...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 29, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Eskimo Whalers for Ted Stevens

Even if GOP presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, want convicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) to resign, Eskimo whalers are fully backing the senator. Stevens' embattled reelection campaign released a press release Tuesday afternoon announcing "Senator Stevens Picks Up More Endorsements... Eskimo Whalers and Retired Lt. General Stand Firm behind Stevens." The release says Stevens, who was convicted Monday on seven...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 28, 2008; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Rep. Thompson Attacked In Steamy Robo Call

If you thought the McCain campaign's Bill Ayers robo call was dirty, get a load of this one: a GOP congressional candidate in Northern California authorized a phone-sex style automated message that went out to some 100,000 potential voters. "Mike Thompson's been a bad boy," the breathy female voice says of Thompson, the Democratic incumbent congressman running for reelection in Nappa Valley. The automated message...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 28, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Ted Stevens's Movie Pick Turned Out Bad

Maybe freshly convicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) should have gone to see a different movie Saturday night. The one he chose turned out to be a bad omen. Less than 48 hours before he was convicted of lying on his financial disclosure forms about gifts, Stevens went to see -- of all the films out there -- "Body of Lies," the movie based on Washington...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 27, 2008; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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McCain Camp's Defense of $150K Shopping Spree Begs More Questions

Has the McCain campaign really come clean on the Sarah Palin wardrobe fiasco? After getting hammered for five days since the story broke about the GOP vice presidential nominee's extreme Extreme Makeover, John McCain said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Palin has already returned a third of the designer clothes bought for her by the Republican National Committee. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 27, 2008; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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