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The Sleuth: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Republicans See 'Red Flags' Over White House Census Interest

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this post said that Trent Lott had appointed A. Mark Neuman chairman of the 2010 Census Advisory Committee. Lott, when he was the Senate majority leader in 1998, appointed Neuman to a separate U.S. Census Monitoring Board. Neuman was appointed to the Census Advisory Committee, which he currently chairs, by President Bush's Commerce secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, and by Bush's Census...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Bernie Sanders' Left Coast Tour Into Capitalist Country

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) gestures during a recent interview in his office of Capitol Hill. AP Photo by Dennis Cook Today's sighting comes from the Left Coast. Every morning, Nate 'n Al, the venerable Jewish deli on Beverly Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, 90210, is filled with Hollywood's finest -- agents (Baby, I'm gonna make you a star), entertainment lawyers, actors and...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 19, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Revenge of Blago (Part 3), Starring Roland Burris

UPDATED 1:22 p.m. with "quid pro quo" video Roland Burris addresses the media in Chicago on Dec. 30, 2008, after being appointed by then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, to fill President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) OK, let's see if we can get this straight. No one wanted Roland Burris in the Senate in the first place. Yet he slyly barged...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 18, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Now We Know: Cheney Stewing (at Bush) at Starbucks

Sorry, folks, but Dick Cheney just keeps cropping up. (Fine, unfurl your fury in the comments section.) We now know that the ex-vice president has a "transition" office across the river in McLean, Va., a sort of halfway house to help him transition back to private life. The transition office has a staff (except for a spokesperson or anyone authorized to speak for him). And...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 17, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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