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Archive: April 2009

Report: Palin Says She Considered Abortion

Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told a right-to-life crowd in Evansville, Ind., Thursday that she fleetingly considered having an abortion after finding out her baby Trig had Down syndrome, according to AOL News. AOL reports: She was on a trip out of state at the time, she said, and "just for a fleeting moment I thought, 'No one knows me here; no one...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 17, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (19)

Sleuth Week in Review: Deadheads Out of the Closet

Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) chats backstage with drummer Bill Kreutzmann before the Dead's concert at the Verizon Center on April 14. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Nick Rahall's office) This week certainly brought out the Dead fans in Washington. Not only did President Obama and his top aides get face time with members of the legendary jam band, folks in the legislative branch of government did...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 17, 2009; 5:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Disapproves of French 'Obama' Wine

As fabulous as his reception was in France earlier this month, President Obama is none too pleased to hear that a French winemaker is creating a cuvee in his name. French vintner Angela Bousquet-Keita, who is originally from Africa, has created the Obama vintage to celebrate the election of the first African-American to the White House, according to Spiegel Online International. The German magazine writes:...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 16, 2009; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Dead in D.C., a Stirring, Smoky Bipartisan Show

Musician Bob Weir performs during "An Evening With The Dead" on April 12, 2009 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) Updated, 2:22 p.m. Last night's Dead show in Washington was like hanging out with a long lost, dear friend after many years. We just picked up where we left off. Clearly Tipper Gore felt the same way. She boogied down on stage,...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 15, 2009; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Meets Privately With the Dead

Musicians Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the band The Dead perform in NYC, March 30, 2009. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images ) The surviving (and formerly feuding) members of the Grateful Dead had a secret impromptu meeting Monday evening with the man they credit with reuniting them: President Obama. The president welcomed all the members of The Dead, who are performing tonight at the Verizon Center...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 14, 2009; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (26)

Lame Opener For Nats Fans, But Not For Jill Biden

At least President Obama had a relief pitcher of sorts on Opening Day. Though the president himself declined to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park yesterday afternoon, he did have an emissary from his administration there: Jill Biden, wife of the vice president. She didn't throw out the ceremonial first pitch. But she did show up on the Jumbotron during the 7th inning...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 14, 2009; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bob Ney, Budding Radio Personality

Proving yet again that there's life after corruption, former congressman Bob Ney (R-Ohio), a convicted felon, is set to become host of an Ohio radio program about politics. According to this Ohio TV station Web site, Ney's new radio show will air on WVLY AM 1370 1 to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Ney served 17 months in prison and more time in a halfway house...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 13, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Ex-Rep. Fossella Changes Mind, Pleads Guilty to DWI

Then-Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) exits the Alexandria General Court after his sentencing for drunk driving in Alexandria, Va., Dec. 8, 2008. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin). Former congressman Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) was expected to fight his drunk driving conviction today in court in Alexandria, Va. Instead, in a stunning about-face, he pleaded guilty and will begin serving a five-day jail sentence this weekend. Fossella was shaken by the...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 13, 2009; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Report: Senate Lion To Deliver White House Puppy

An unidentified Portuguese Water Dog from www.dogbreedinfo.com Get ready for that first photo of the first daughters frolicking with their long awaited new puppy! In the latest puppy buzz, according to the celebrity news site TMZ, the new first dog will arrive at the White House on Tuesday. TMZ is reporting in great detail and with utmost confidence - though with no attribution or...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 11, 2009; 2:55 AM ET | Comments (16)

Spencer Bachus's Past With Socialists

You may have heard, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) is keeping tabs on socialists in Congress. There are 17 in the House alone by his count. But get this -- it turns out Bachus was for socialists before he was against them. At least he cosponsored legislation with one of them, the only known socialist in Congress: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). That's right. In 2003, Bachus...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 10, 2009; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama and Abdullah, To Bow Or Not To Bow

Controversy over the alleged "bow" continues. Conservative commentators who have been aghast over what appeared to be President Obama bowing to Saudi King Abdullah during the G-20 economic summit in London last week are still trying to get to the bottom of it. The Weekly Standard is ripping the White House for "denying that Obama did what he plainly did." The Weekly Standard points...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 10, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (40)

About That Puppy...

Updated The wait for a puppy by two young sisters who live on Pennsylvania Avenue continues. Their dad, President Obama, told Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" last month that as soon as he returned from his whirlwind trip to Europe, "the dog will be in place." But now the president has returned, and the dog isn't coming this week, according to a White House...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 8, 2009; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (20)

What's Vito Fossella Thinking?

Since it's congressional recess, we bring you another installment of "Where Are They Now," our occasional series on former (and usually disgraced) members of Congress. New York political observers have wondered lately whether (yes, disgraced) former congressman Vito Fossella might be contemplating a comeback to public service. Fossella sure has been looking the part of interested potential political candidate. In the past week or so,...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 7, 2009; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Michelle Obama Rocks

First Lady Michelle Obama walks with her Czech counterpart, Livia Klausova, at the St. Vitus Cathedral at Hradcany Square in Prague on the second day of President Obama's official visit. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images) "Michelle [Obama] is so cool, she makes Jackie O look like Barbara Bush." That was a one-liner from unemployed journalist (one of many) Shaun Waterman's hilarious routine at last weekend's "Reporters...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 7, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (25)

Another DWI For John Sweeney, Alone in Driver's Seat This Time

In the latest from our occasional "Where Are They Now?" series on former members of Congress, we bring you today's news about former congressman John Sweeney, a Republican from upstate New York. Sweeney reportedly was arrested in the wee hours Sunday morning for driving while intoxicated, his second DWI in 17 months. Sweeney, 53, was stopped at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and charged with a...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 6, 2009; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (15)

Sarah Palin vs. ex-Future Son-in-Law Levi Johnston

Never mind North Korean missiles, the economy, Afghanistan and Iraq, earthquakes, etc., one of today's hottest stories will be Levi Johnston's much ballyhooed TV interview in which he tells all (or at least some) about ex-girlfriend and baby mama Bristol Palin's family. The 19-year-old Johnston's interview on the "Tyra Banks Show,"brief teasing snippets of which were released on Friday, took Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin...

By Mary Ann Akers | April 6, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (41)

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 | Comments (19)

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 | Comments (1)

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 | Comments (40)

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 | Comments (3)

 

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