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The Sleuth: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Is Virginia Foxx a Sympathetic Character?

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), who offended gay rights groups and her own colleagues Wednesday by saying the infamous murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in 1998 was a "hoax," is now portraying herself as the victim. Foxx reportedly says she has been receiving death threats ever since she said on the House floor Wednesday, "We know that young man was killed in the commitment of...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 30, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Smerconish, Nakedly Defending Specter

One of Sen. Arlen Specter's biggest defenders in Pennsylvania, Republican radio talk show host Michael Smerconish, is locked in a blame game. He tells the Sleuth that his angriest listeners - pretty much everyone who called into his show yesterday morning - are blaming him for Specter's defection to the Democratic Party. But he blames his listeners, at least the ones who called into his...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 29, 2009; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Washington Gears Up for Obama's First Prom

The White House Correspondents' Association is doing something different this year with the gobs of money it typically raises off its one-night love fest between the 4th Estate and all the president's men and women: giving a sizable chunk of it to charity. This year's annual White House fete falls on May 9. And in spite of the news industry's horrible financial woes, and given...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 29, 2009; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia Foxx: Matthew Shepard's Murder Not a Hate Crime

Updated, 6:21 p.m. ET Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) has done it again. Earlier this month she dropped the racially charged term "tar baby" on the House floor. Today, she said the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard in 1998 was not a hate crime. "It's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing [hate crimes] bills," Foxx said on...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 29, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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GOP Rushes To Cash In On a Vilified Specter

Republicans are wasting no time raising money off their newest turncoat: Arlen Specter, whom they (and, privately, plenty of Democrats) view as an opportunistic party switcher. Just hours after the senior Pennsylvania Republican senator announced he'd be switching to the Democratic Party (since he has almost no chance of winning his GOP primary race in 2010), the National Republican Congressional Committee pounced and sent out...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 28, 2009; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Swine Flu Doesn't Stop Lovey-Dovey Fun In Washington

The Week magazine's Opinion Awards dinner last night was dedicated to bipartisanship, comity and loving one another among the Washington elite. But Sally Quinn was having none of it. "No kissing tonight," the doyenne of Washington's high society declared. Not with the threat of swine flu engulfing the Western Hemisphere. Quinn air kissed her way through the cocktail reception and dinner, save for a few...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 28, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Washington Tapheads, Get Ready to Laugh

Harry Shearer, from left to right, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest in "A Mighty Wind." (Photo/Suzanne Tenner via AP) Washington fans of Spinal Tap and the Folksmen are in for a big, fat, funny treat. The lovable goofballs who made up Spinal Tap, the faux heavy metal band in Rob Reiner's 1984 cult classic comedy "This Is Spinal Tap" - the same guys who became...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 27, 2009; 6:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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