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

Joe the Plumber Wants to Make Love to Washington

The Republican's Working Man hero Joe the Plumber could barely contain himself last night before a crowd of adoring, media-bashing conservatives. "God, all this love and everything in the room - I'm horny," declared Joe, whose real name is Samuel Wurzelbacher. The particular state of his libido was way too much information, certainly for the Sleuth. But she wasn't the only slack-jawed person in...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 20, 2009; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Obama Likens His Bowling Game to Special Olympics

Updated, 12:18 AM President Obama seemed relaxed and in good cheer tonight during his appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." But there was one misstep that surely made his advisers wince. Leno asked the president whether the White House bowling alley had been "burned and closed down" in light of Obama's gutter ball embarrassment on the campaign trail last year. Obama replied, "No,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 19, 2009; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (440)
 
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Airport Rage Is All the Rage

Last week, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) made headlines after he opened a secure airport terminal door at Washington Dulles International Airport. This week, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is in the spotlight after he was overheard complaining to airport security workers in Portland about their "stupid" rules as they pulled him aside for additional screening. And this from a man who created the agency that makes...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 19, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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What Will Sen. Grassley Say Next?

We can hardly wait to hear what Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) will say tomorrow about the AIG bailout bonus scandal, considering his comment today about sucking (another word for breasts) and his remarks Monday suggesting AIG executives should resign or "commit suicide." Following the weekly luncheon of GOP senators today, Grassley went before the TV cameras and clarified his position on the matter. "From...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 17, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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National GOP PAC Director Tees Off On Reporter, On Tape

If ever there were someone who aptly personified the expression "blowing a gasket," it's Scott Wheeler, executive director of the conservative National Republican Trust PAC. Wheeler certainly blew a gasket in a recorded telephone conversation - listen to the audio below - with a reporter for the Albany Times Union. Wheeler and the reporter were sparring over a posting on the paper's blog about a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 17, 2009; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Congressman Touts Shaved Golden Retriever for First Dog

There's been no shortage of advice at the annual gathering of allergists here in Washington when it comes to the Obama family's hunt for a hypoallergenic First Dog. The pressing issue of the would-be first pooch has dominated hallway and cocktail conversation during the five-day meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, which ends today. The doctors have varying opinions on what...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 17, 2009; 1:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Biden's F-Bomb On Live Mic Was a Joke

Another day, another verbal whoops from Vice President Biden. On Friday, Biden was overheard on a live microphone dropping the F-bomb to a former Senate colleague who addressed him as "Mr. Vice President." "Give me a (bleeping) break," the vice president replied offhandedly, according to the Huffington Post, which published an audio clip of the veep's words. Biden was at Washington's Union Station announcing $1.3...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 16, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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