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The Sleuth: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Opening Night of Obama's Inauguralpalooza

The Sleuth eased into a five-night spree of inaugural party hopping that began with guitar god Warren Haynes and ended with -- of all people-- Bo Derek. Haynes rocked out on stage to a loudly chatting audience that decidedly was not his fan base. It was much more of a "see and be seen" vibe on the first night of celebrity-packed revelry than it was...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 17, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Malia Obama to Dad: Speech 'Better Be Good'

President-elect Barack Obama made a surprise appearance on a conference call with major donors to his Presidential Inaugural Committee today, sharing a fun little outing he had with his girls the other night. First, Obama thanked everyone for relinquishing their cash in such hard times to help fund his historic five-day celebration. Despite the dismal economy and the super heightened security that will force celebrants...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 15, 2009; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Deadheads Get Psyched for Obama's Grateful Inauguration

Members of the Grateful Dead pose in a1985 photo in Marin County, Calif. From left, back row, are Bill Kreutzman, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, and Mickey Hart. In front are Brent Mydland, left, and Bob Weir. (AP Photo) Exclusive great breaking news, Deadheads! Mickey and Bobby are coming to Washington for the inauguration. So are Phil and Bill and others in the Dead. They'll be...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 15, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. Dentist: Will Fill Cavities, Fit Braces For Inaugural Tix

What's the value of an inauguration ticket? To one Washington area dentist who is desperately seeking entree to history in the making, the value could be as high as a new set of braces. Or maybe just several teeth cleanings and fillings. The unnamed dentist posted a notice on Craigslist offering his or her services in exchange for tickets to inaugural parties, a chance to...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 15, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tickets to Obama's Inauguration: to Scalp, or Not to Scalp

Updated, 11:39 p.m. ET Following up on our posting from Tuesday, one of our esteemed readers raises an interesting question in the comments section about the ethics of inaugural ticket scalping. The person, identified as nova56013, asks: "Why is it unethical for an individual to sell a ticket to the inauguration when the Presidential Inauguration Committee is selling seats for $50,000?" Fair point. Though we...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 14, 2009; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Senate Cracks Down On Inaugural Scalping After GOP Aide Nabbed

UPDATE, 10:47 p.m. ET: The Senate Tuesday night passed legislation to criminalize the sale of inaugural ticket scalping, just hours after the Sleuth revealed that a former House GOP aide was hawking tickets on the Internet. As the Associated Press reports, the Senate unanimously approved the bill sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Now the bill goes to the House. The Sleuth's posting from earlier...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 13, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Bono, the Boss, Beyonce and Many More Headline Inaugural Concert

It promises to be a concert worth freezing for. The Obama inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial next Sunday evening Jan. 18 - which will be free, and televised exclusively by HBO - will feature all the hottest names in music. From country and rock 'n roll to jazz and pop, there'll be something for everybody. They include Bono and the Boss - Bruce Springsteen....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 13, 2009; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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You Tell Us: What's Next for President Bush?

At his final news conference of his presidency, President Bush gave no hints about his future plans. Politico's Mike Allen asked how quickly Bush expects to be "back at it" -- be it speaking, writing his memoir or traveling the globe -- after leaving office next Tuesday. "Probably the next day," Bush said. "I'm a Type A personality. I just, uh, I just can't...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 12, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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