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The Sleuth: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Patrick Kennedy Returns to Treatment Facility

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I), the son of ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) who has publicly battled drug addiction and manic depression for three years, is back in a medical treatment facility, the congressman disclosed today. "I have always said that recovery is a life-long process and that I will do whatever it takes to preserve my health," Kennedy, who turns 42 next month, said...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 12, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Palin Alleges Media Double Standard in Letterman Spat

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says late-night talk show host David Letterman owes all young American women an apology for his joke about one of her daughters getting "knocked up" by baseball star Alex Rodriquez. She also said the media has largely heeded President Obama's plea to keep his family off limits, while continuing...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 12, 2009; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (250)
 
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French Salt Peanuts and Brits Toast An Obama Book

Thank god for Washington lobbyists (wink, wink). The King of K Street, Tommy Boggs, and his powerhouse lobbying firm hosted an exclusive bash last night at the French ambassador's residence in honor of Washington's Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, which Boggs helped make possible. His firm, Patton Boggs, is the big sponsor of the festival, which draws huge crowds for live jazz venues all over town....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 12, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Democrats to Rep. Mark: Now Who's Un-American?

During the Bush era, it was Republicans who often hurled charges of un-American sentiments at their Democratic rivals. Now the tables have turned, and Democrats are hammering Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) for a comment he made on a recent trip to China. In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Kirk said he told Chinese officials "the budget numbers...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 11, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Jazz Musicians Head to the White House

The French are doing their part for Washington's Duke Ellington Jazz Festival avec enthousiasme -- with gusto. Last night at the French embassy on Reservoir Road, Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band treated an audience to the down-home rhythms of New Orleans. Accompanied by award-winning Cuban American clarinetist (and all around ham) Paquito D'Rivera, the band's amazing performance included "Summertime" from the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 11, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sen. Hatch 'Mortified' He Nearly Hit Pedestrian

Updated, 5:10 p.m. ET At the tail end of a nasty summer thunderstorm Tuesday evening, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) nearly plowed down a woman in a crosswalk on Capitol Hill. A Sleuth reader who saw the incident yesterday says Hatch "grazed" the unidentified woman with his beige Cadillac. "He hit her but she is OK," the source, who wished to remain anonymous, said. Hatch,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 10, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Former President (H.W.) Bush Gone Wild?

Former President George H.W. Bush speaks to a crowd on the 18th hold at the start of THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. May 6, 2009. (Scott Halleran - Getty Images) What in the world has gotten into former president George H.W. Bush? First comes this eye-popping photo from TMZ, the celebrity gossip site, in which a bikini-clad woman is sitting on Bush's...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 9, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Haley Barbour Enters the 2012 Thicket

While much of the 2012 buzz has centered around Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, especially over the last 24 hours, here's another name surfacing as a Republican contender: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. The Republican Party of New Hampshire sent out an invitation today promoting an "evening with Haley Barbour" on June 24. The $500-per-person event is being hosted by state GOP party chairman John Sununu,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 9, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Gingrich Tweets Without Tweaking

Updated, 12:26 p.m. ET Newt Gingrich is toning down his tweets since he declared to his more than 404,000 followers on Twitter that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was a "racist" -- a contention he later withdrew. He had no live tweets from the big House/Senate Republican fundraising dinner last night, at which he served as keynote speaker, filling the role that Alaska Gov. Sarah...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 9, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Sarah Palin: 'Told Ya So'

The way Sarah Palin presents it, she's a bit of a modern-day Cassandra. She tried to warn you during the 2008 presidential campaign that a Barack Obama presidency would amount to socialism, that spending would be out of control and government would be bigger. But nooo, you didn't listen. You went and elected Obama president anyway. "Kind of a 'we told ya so,'" Palin tells...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 8, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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McAuliffe Responds to Schweitzer's 'Cry Like a Girl' Quip

When Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer explained to Washington Post national political correspondent Dan Balz why he endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia, he said, "He's got the energy to take this all the way to the end, and when there's a bump in the road, he's not going to cry like a girl and quit." That would be the same Terry McAuliffe who served...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 8, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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