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The Sleuth: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Sen. Vitter's Tantrum History

Turns out, last weeks' alleged airport rage incident isn't the first time Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has been known to lose his cool. He has a history of throwing temper tantrums, according to one of the senator's former Tulane Law School moot court participants and fellow conservatives. That would be Quin Hillyer, the conservative writer, who recalls in this column in the American Spectator how...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 13, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Will Sen. Vitter's Alleged Airport Rage Hurt Him in 2010?

Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) 2010 reelection mission to rehabilitate his image in the wake of the D.C. madam scandal two years ago has hit a snag. The Louisiana Republican is now embroiled in a different kind of classic Washington brouhaha, this one involving a federal investigation of his alleged airport rage. The Transportation Security Administration announced yesterday that it is reviewing a report that an...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 12, 2009; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Meet Jay Carney, the Veep's Chief Spokesman

Jay Carney describes his not-so-long-ago former self as an "old school" journalist who took his vows of objectivity very seriously. Today, just three months after leaving Time magazine, he's already an entrenched partisan trumpeting the message of Vice President Joe Biden. He owes it all to Tony Blinken, Biden's longtime trusted national security aide, who is a close friend of Carney. They play in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 11, 2009; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Wacky Wafers In the White House Briefing Room

There's no more prestigious post for a Washington journalist than to be a member of the White House press corps. But oddly enough, it isn't just the big network and newspaper hotshots who occupy the coveted seats in the White House briefing room. The real characters there are people like Raghubir Goyal. Not familiar with that byline? Well, it's not clear anyone is. Goyal,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 11, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Early Oscar Buzzkill for Jolie?

Angelina Jolie filming the movie "Salt" at the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro station, Thursday, March 5, 2009. (Courtesy of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) Dear Angelina Jolie, Next time you film on location in Washington, where "message" defines success, be sure everyone on the film crew gets the Oscar buzz talking points. Because this past weekend, a blabbermouth on the set of your espionage...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 9, 2009; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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