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The Sleuth: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Could Barack Obama Become the Next Dick Nixon?

Bowlers of America who were turned off by Barack Obama's infamous gutter ball and humiliating 37 score on the campaign trail last summer are now lobbying the president-elect to embrace the sport and rekindle Richard Nixon's White House tradition. President Richard M. Nixon, bowling at the White House, July 20, 1970. (Photo -- The Associated Press) A coalition of bowling associations is offering to pay...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 12, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Zany Lawn Rangers Rev Up for Obama's Inaugural Parade

Obama marches in Chicago's 2003 St. Patrick's Day parade with the Lawn Rangers, foreshadowing the zany troupe's role in his presidential inaugural parade next month. (Photo courtesy of the World Famous Lawn Rangers of Amazing Arcola) They aren't politically correct and they aren't very presidential. But somehow, the World Famous Lawn Rangers from Amazing Arcola (Illinois) - a longtime staple of beer-drenched St. Patty's...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 11, 2008; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Obama's Very Tall NSA Adviser Hobnobs on Holiday Circuit

Ret. Marine Gen. James Jones speaks at a press conference with President-elect Barack Obama in Chicago, Dec. 1, 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Barack Obama's pick to be his national security adviser, Gen. Jim Jones, is a hit on the holiday party circuit. At least he was Tuesday night at the one of the more festive Christmas parties held annually in Washington: Rep. Ellen Tauscher's (D-Calif.)...

By Eric Pianin  |  December 10, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Fire Sale on All McCain-Palin Campaign Equipment

Run, don't walk, to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., for an amazing Blowout Sale! Computers, blackberries, televisions, desks, you name it - everything must go. Hurry while the offer lasts! That's right, the failed McCain-Palin campaign is having a fire sale this week on leftover equipment. Everything is on sale at reduced prices. An email sent over the weekend to all...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 10, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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White House Xmas Party for Lawmakers Goes Late, Gets Rowdy

Rep. Darlene Hooley of Oregon finally finds her district's special ornament hanging on the White House Christmas tree, and is last to leave President and Mrs. Bush's holiday party for members of Congress. (Photo courtesy of Susan Miles) Last night's White House Christmas party for members of Congress dragged on way past President Bush's bedtime, thanks to Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Oregon), who broke a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 9, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Masses Clamor to Volunteer at Obama Inaugural Events

Barack Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee is being inundated with offers from tens of thousands of people who want to volunteer at various events on Jan. 20. Since posting a "volunteer" option on its Web site 13 days ago, the committee -- as of late this morning - had received 35,000 emails from people wanting to help out and get a front-row seat to history, sources...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 8, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Jeremiah Wright: Obama Made 'Bad Decision'

Barack Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, delivered his first sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ this weekend since his retirement last spring. Wright returned to the pulpit Sunday to mark the church's 47th anniversary, reportedly declaring that while Obama made a "bad decision" in distancing himself from the controversial pastor, "He's still my child." (Gerald Martineau - The Washington Post) According to this story...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 8, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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