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The Sleuth: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Ted Stevens: Farewell and 'To Hell With Politics'

Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), fresh from his defeat in a belabored reelection race, gave his last ever Senate floor speech today, bidding farewell to his colleagues and the chamber he has served in since 1968. Stevens, who was defeated Tuesday on his 85th birthday by Democrat Mark Begich, acknowledged leaving the Senate a wounded man, convicted this month of seven felony conspiracy counts....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 20, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Rep. Linda Sanchez Expecting a Baby

Updated, 5:53 p.m. ET News Flash: Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), 39 and single, is pregnant. She would be the first single member of the House to deliver a baby while in office. The congresswoman's pregnancy was announced today in this Op-Ed column published in the Los Angeles Times, written by one of the paper's columnists. "You're practically the first to know," columnist Patt Morrison writes....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 20, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Ted Stevens Set to Deliver Swan Song

Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens. AP Photo by Gerald Herbert Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will take to the Senate floor Thursday morning for the first time since he was convicted on seven felony conspiracy counts to say goodbye to his colleagues, sources tell the Sleuth. Having lost his Senate reelection race to Democrat Mark Begich Tuesday - on his 85th birthday, no less -...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 19, 2008; 9:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Obama Puppy Lobbying Blitz By D.C. Shelters

One of the most burning questions in Washington these days (besides how to get an inaugural ball ticket and where the Obama children will attend school) is: Where will Malia and Sasha get that puppy their father has promised them? It certainly is the question being asked at area animal shelters. Puppymania has ignited fierce competition among local pet rescue organizations clamoring to be the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 18, 2008; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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What Happened to Joe Lieberman's McCain '08 Bumper Sticker?

Why is Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) McCain 2008 bumper sticker half scratched off his car? Why now, now that his choice for president has lost and he's trying to retain relevance in the Democratic-controlled Senate? A Senate aide reports to the Sleuth: "I was in my car on Constitution Avenue in front of the National Gallery waiting for the light to change when I noticed...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 17, 2008; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Feinstein Expects Inauguration Scalping Bill to Pass This Week

As promised, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, introduced legislation today to criminalize the sale of tickets to the historic event on Jan. 20. In a brief Senate floor speech this afternoon, Feinstein said the measure would make it a misdemeanor to scalp coveted tickets to President-elect Obama's swearing-in ceremony. Anyone caught doing so faces a fine, imprisonment for...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 17, 2008; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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