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The Sleuth: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

For GOP, It's Newt as the Draw

Taking a page out of the Democratic fundraising machine's recent playbook, Republicans, too, are offering one of their lucky donors a free trip to Washington. But the GOP contest differs in a few stark ways. It's charging contestants ten times more than the Democratic entrance fee, to start with. And, of course, the GOP isn't promising a night with Barack Obama, as Democrats are. Instead,...

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 21, 2009; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Norm Coleman Limping Along

Times keep getting tougher for Minnesota's Norm Coleman, the former and would-be senator who is caught in a political and legal limbo. Coleman was spotted this morning struggling on crutches through the Northwest Airlines terminal at Washington's Reagan National airport, on his way, presumably, to catch the 8:30 a.m. flight back to the Minneapolis marathon, otherwise known as his recount court battle with comedian Al...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 21, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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(F) Bombs Away at White House Happy Hour

Rahm Emanuel got a dose of his own medicine at last night's weekly bipartisan White House mixer for members of Congress. Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), one of only a handful of Republicans who made the cut for this week's happy hour, gave his old colleague one doozy of an F-bomb greeting. Emanuel couldn't have done it better himself. With an impressively straight face, LaTourette...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 21, 2009; 5:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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DSCC Cashing In On Obama

Updated, 4:15 p.m. Nothing rakes in cash like the promise of Barack Obama in the flesh. As they say: if you've got it, flaunt it. That's exactly what the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is doing in its latest online fundraising pitch. "Meet President Obama! Contribute $5 today and be automatically entered to win!" reads the solicitation e-mailed Wednesday to potential Democratic donors from DSCC...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 20, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Where Did Sarah Palin's Wardrobe Go?

The Federal Election Commission's dismissal Tuesday of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's extravagant wardrobe purchases still leaves one burning question unanswered: what happened to all those fancy duds? The FEC's ruling lets Palin and the Republican National Committee off the hook for the $150,000-plus shopping spree to outfit the Alaska governor during the 2008 campaign. The commission ruled that the RNC's purchase of...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 20, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Elizabeth Edwards: 'I Don't Know Whose Child This Is'

Elizabeth Edwards talked more today than she has at any other time during her book publicity tour about whether her husband, John Edwards, the forevermore former presidential aspirant, fathered his campaign mistress's baby. Suffice it to say, her fumbling answer, on ABC's "The View," was one of the more awkward moments of her book tour thus far. Asked if she really didn't care to know,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 19, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Bruce Springsteen Sends a Sign to Obama

Bruce Springsteen performs at the Verizon Center in Washington, May 2009. (Photo -- Linda Davidson/The Washington Post Team Obama was well represented last night when the Boss held up a sign from someone in the audience at the Verizon Center that said: "Obama called, he wants Rosie." That sign now belongs to President Obama. Backstage after the concert, Bruce Springsteen personally autographed the Rosie...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 19, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Robert Byrd, Oldest Senator, Hospitalized

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), 91, has been hospitalized again, according to his office. The oldest and longest serving senator in U.S. history was admitted late Friday afternoon with a "spike in his temperature" caused by a "minor infection," according to the statement from his office, which did not identify which hospital. Spokesman Jesse Jacobs says the senator is "responding well" to antibiotics and is...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 18, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Take Dick Cheney Out to the Ballgame!

Now we know where he was. Dick Cheney skipped the Sunday talk show circuit to observe one of the cruelest and harshest forms of punishment up close and personal at Nationals Park: He had a perfect view of the Philadelphia Phillies' 8-6 defeat of the Washington Nationals, a torturous sweep of the Nats that, even still, didn't produce much information on why Washington's fledgling baseball...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 18, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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