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The Sleuth: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Tweeting the Night Away at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

It's Washington's big prom night and the Sleuth is on the prowl. We just left video diva Tammy Haddad's garden brunch, a prequel always to the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin didn't come to town, but her emissary, husband Todd Palin, did. He was at the brunch with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, whose husband, John Coale, runs Palin's PAC....

By Paul Volpe  |  May 9, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gonzo Goes (Back) to Washington

Guess who's coming to dinner? Well, the man who may be the biggest surprise guest at this weekend's White House Correspondents' Association dinner isn't exactly an international celebrity, or a sex symbol, or a man of power. In fact, he's out of work, can't find a new job and is wanted by human rights groups for war crimes. Yes, that's who's coming to dinner: Alberto...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 8, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Mexico Spends a Bundle to Woo Back Tourists

Don't be surprised to see billboards, buses and TV ads soon blaring something like: "Hurry Down to Mexico! Sunny beaches, blue waters and really, it's not as dangerous as they say." The problem with all those gorgeous beaches now of course is, well, they're empty. Facing a potential precipitous drop in tourism - 80 percent of Mexico's dwindling annual tourists come from the United States...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 7, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Obama Burger Firestorm Still Raging

Fallout over President Obama's burger outing continues. Freedom-fry loving conservatives are venting over the president's choice of Dijon mustard, while foodies of all political stripes are mortified by the omnivore-in-chief's preference to have his burger cooked - gasp! - medium well. Taking the lead for the right, Sean Hannity railed against the cheeseburger blasphemy on his Fox News show last night, rallying his many...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 7, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
 
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Bloomberg/Vanity Fair Team Up For Tough Ticket

How do you throw the most coveted after-party in town following the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in this, the era of the Great Recession? Just ask Bloomberg News columnist and partyer-in-chief Margaret Carlson, who's planning Bloomberg's most exclusive soiree ever. Carlson jokes that this year's guest list is so tight, "We don't even get to the undersecretary level." Bloomberg, which this year is...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 5, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Another Risqué Fundraiser For Pete Sessions

Democrats are waving the hypocrisy flag on Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the fundraiser in chief for House Republicans whose leadership role is to recruit GOP candidates to help win back the House. Sessions, the Sleuth has learned, held a fundraiser in February at a racy venue in Las Vegas whose Web site features come-hither looking women scantily clad in lingerie slithering all over each other....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 4, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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John Edwards Helps Wife's Book Sales

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C) after finishing third in the South Carolina Democratic primary, Jan. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain) Nothing like a good scandal to boost book sales. And so it goes with Elizabeth Edwards, whose book, "Resilience," is getting a boon from the legal troubles of none other than her own husband, failed Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. Just as Edwards acknowledged...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 4, 2009; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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