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The Sleuth: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

Ted Stevens, Back On the Scene

From left to right: Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, author Michael Smerconish and former Sen. Ted Stevens Oh how the world turns. While his prosecutors are now under investigation for misconduct, the curmudgeonly ex-senator Ted Stevens is back on the Washington party circuit - vindicated, shrimp cocktail style. The famed former senator from Alaska, who narrowly lost...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 15, 2009; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Harry Shearer to White House: Help NOLA

The Sleuth backstage with Harry Shearer. Photo by Carol Joynt, whose son is Shearer's godson. Updated, 3:45 pm: The White House has responded - not to Harry Shearer, but to the idea that President Obama did nothing in the stimulus package to help Louisiana. The state did get billions of dollars, the administration points out (though, again, none of it specifically directed for hurricane rebuilding...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 14, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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New Mama in the House: Linda Sanchez

Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) delivered a baby boy, her first child, Wednesday morning in Washington, beating her due date by a week. Joaquin Sánchez Sullivan weighed in at 7 pounds, 14.6 ounces and was 20.6 inches long, according to a statement from her office. "I couldn't be happier," Sánchez declared. Her new husband, Jim "Sully" Sullivan, who she married last month, said, "Linda and I...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 13, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Elizabeth Edwards Exposing and Defending Husband

Elizabeth Edwards insisted today that her new book about her husband's infidelity was not intended to punish him and defended John Edwards against a federal inquiry into whether he misused campaign funds to pay off his mistress. Elizabeth Edwards continues her book publicity tour on CNN's "Larry King Live" "We have complete confidence that the funds were not used improperly," Edwards said on CNN's Larry...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 12, 2009; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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In Defense (Or Not) of Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes's routine has been generating a lot of buzz in the days following the White House Correspondents' Dinner. (Martin H. Simon/Pool via Bloomberg News) While conservatives are expressing outrage about comedian Wanda Sykes's edgy (and hilarious) routine at Saturday's White House correspondents' dinner, the main organizer of the event says Sykes was a big hit. "I thought she was hysterical, I thought she...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 11, 2009; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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White House Dinner, Behind the Scenes

In the world of Obama, there are more celebrities packed into a single night than in all eight years of the famously Hollywood-centric Clinton administration combined. Such was the scene last night at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. From rock stars and designers to silver-screen beauties, they all flocked to Washington for President Obama's first crack as "Stand-Up-in-Chief." Offstage, it was a true...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 10, 2009; 3:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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