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The Sleuth: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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