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The Sleuth: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Hillary Denied Bid to Take Charge of Health Care?

Ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) apparently has rebuffed a bold bid by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to take over health care policy in the Senate when the new Congress convenes in January. Sources tell the Sleuth Clinton had approached Kennedy, who chairs the Senate health committee, and Democratic leaders about creating a new special health care subcommittee, one she would chair. Her hope was...

By Paul Volpe  |  November 7, 2008; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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'Big John' Dingell Deploys Forces To Crush Waxman

The Dingell Machine is rallying K Street to help save the venerable Rep. John Dingell's chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Sleuth has obtained an email that Dingell's' chief of staff sent out at 11:35 p.m. last night to lobbyists and other well-connected Democrats providing "talking points" to promote Dingell and urging them to "gather intelligence" on Rep. Henry Waxman's brazen coup...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 7, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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The Al Franken Show Continues in Minnesota, Doggone It

The never-ending Minnesota Senate race between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and zany Democratic challenger Al Franken promises to be nutty down to the wire. Coleman has declared victory and urged Franken to concede. But Franken -- who is relishing Coleman's incredible shrinking lead, which is now less than 350 votes -- holds out hope. It's as if he's channeling Stuart Smalley, his self-help, 12-stepping alter...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Harry Reid and Speaker Pelosi Raise the Dead

Hey, Deadheads, this one's for you. We just found out that two of the most famous rock 'n rollers for Barack Obama skipped the madness in Chicago's Grant Park on election night and instead joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at their (more subdued) bash in Washington. Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir mingled so well in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 6, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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How Jack 'The Big Fish' Murtha Got Away

Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. John Murtha needed a little help from his friends to beat back his Republican challenger. Luckily for Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), his constituents weren't too offended. The folks he labeled "redneck" and "racist" wound up reelecting him by an overwhelming margin - 58 percent to 42 percent - despite polls showing he was toast. Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations Defense...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 5, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Is Sarah Palin Nipping at Ted Stevens' Heels?

Alaska's Ted Stevens could have some competition for his Senate seat -- and we don't mean his tight reelection race. We have a fascinating situation in Alaska. Convicted felon Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is clinging to a 2 point lead over his Democratic challenger, Mark Begich. If this lead holds and Stevens, 84, wins reelection, his race will be the biggest shocker of Election...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 5, 2008; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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The Scene on 18th Street

Photo Courtesy of Mary Ann Akers While the politicos of Washington held typically button-down affairs indoors, the regular citizens of the nation's capital (dare we call them Joe Sixpacks?) ran screaming and dancing into the streets in Adams Morgan and on U Street when Barack Obama was declared the winner. Here is the scene on 18th Street in the heart of the Adams Morgan...

By Washington Post editors  |  November 5, 2008; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Obama's Music Man Sings a Sad Song for McCain

It's Election Night in the nation's capital and the only person we met who didn't seem to worship Obama was the man who scored many of the next president's ads -- Todd Hahn. "It was with a heavy heart," he said, that he voted for Obama today. Todd Hahn. (Photo by Mary Ann Akers). Just eight years ago, Hahn was composing music for John McCain's...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 4, 2008; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Election Night Revelers Prepare to Party

Judging by the slew of election night parties being thrown around Washington, one thing is certain: No matter what the outcome, there will be plenty of hangovers Wednesday. While the biggest bash of them all is planned for Grant Park in Chicago, where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to Barack Obama's "victory" party, there will be dozens of small parties held...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 3, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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