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The Sleuth: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

I Barack Hussein Obama Do Solemnly Swear...

President-elect Obama has said he plans to take the oath of office using his full name "Barack Hussein Obama" as other presidents -- though not all of them -- traditionally have done. But somehow, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies didn't get the memo. The joint committee today released the full schedule of Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremonies, which aides say is due to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 17, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Rihanna to Perform on Obama's Inauguration Night?

International superstar Rihanna may be headlining the RIAA event, which could provide stiff competition for donations and tickets. Inauguration night is getting more star-studded by the minute. We hear the Recording Industry Association of America is hoping to close a deal with dance-pop sensation Rihanna ("Umbrella" and "Disturbia") to headline the RIAA's Jan. 20 inaugural charity ball at Ibiza nightclub. Rihanna, the Barbados-born artist...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 16, 2008; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Ghost of Hanukkah Past Crashes President Bush's Last Bash

Updated, 1:07 p.m. EDT Last night's White House Hanukkah party wasn't quite as wild as last week's Christmas party for members of Congress. But there was dancing until 9 p.m. in the White House foyer (by men only), and one famous gentile Bushie made a cameo appearance and became the hit of the party. That would be Karl Rove, President Bush's former chief political strategist,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 16, 2008; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Hollywood Coughs Up Cash for Obama Inaugural

Updated, 4:12 p.m. ET: Despite concerns about donor fatigue following the presidential election, contributions to Barack Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee are rolling in. Especially from Hollywood. Sharon Stone Among the big names who have given the maximum allowable donation of $50,000 so far are: Hollywood actors Sharon Stone, Samuel Jackson, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, and producer James Lassiter. Giving top dollar guarantees donors entry to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 15, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Obama to Inaugural Volunteers: No Mas (and No Tickets)

To give you an idea of just how jam-packed Washington will be on inauguration day, Barack Obama's inaugural committee is turning away scores of volunteers. An email sent from the Presidential Inaugural Committee over the weekend to people who signed up through its Web site to volunteer on Jan. 20 said, "Due to unprecedented interest, we will not be able to place everyone that would...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 15, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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