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The Sleuth: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Taking Amtrak, Hailing Cabs - Just Another Day For Eliot Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda, at Penn Station's taxi stand. Courtesy a Sleuth informant. What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, Eliot Spitzer humiliated his wife on national TV as he confessed to trysts with prostitutes. But on Saturday the Spitzers rode Amtrak - together - as if they didn't have a care in the world. With his wife,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 4, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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House Ethics Committee Takes Tough Action (Against Nothing)

Just when you naysayers thought the House ethics committee was a complete and total sham of an outfit comes the panel's swift and forceful action. Against what, you ask? Against - drum roll, please - a lawmaker's minor speeding infraction. That's right, the ethics panel has taken its most expeditious action in years on the case of Rep. Zach Space (D-Ohio), who was ticketed last...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 3, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia 'Brer' Foxx Drops 'Tar Baby' Bomb

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), a relatively new face of the House GOP attack machine, has angered some Democrats with her use of the racially charged term "tar baby" during a House floor speech Wednesday. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) finds herself in a sticky situation.(Linda Davidson / TWP) As she lambasted Democrats for their plan to ban bonuses for executives of corporations that took government bailout...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 2, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Rupert Murdoch Wines and Dines GOP Pals

Rupert Murdoch sure does cover his bases. The world's premiere media mogul, who accurately predicted a Democratic landslide in 2008, dined last night with a group of House GOP heavyweights at the chichi CityZen restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Murdoch was spotted sitting with House Republican Whip Eric Cantor and Reps. Adam Putnam (Fla.), Tom Price (Ga.), who chairs the conservative House Republican Study...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 2, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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