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The Sleuth: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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