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The Sleuth: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

New Car Czar Deese Doesn't Drive American

Obama's new "car czar" Brian Deese. (Bloomberg News) Anyone interested in knowing what Brian Deese, the wunderkind tapped with revamping the nation's dying automotive industry, drives to work? We were very interested to learn what Deese doesn't drive. His nicely worn car isn't a Chevy. Or a Ford. Or a Dodge. Or any Big Three auto for that matter. Nope. Deese, the 31-year-old tour de...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Where Are They Now: Cynthia McKinney Strikes Again

Somehow we didn't think we had seen the last of Cynthia McKinney. The former controversial congresswoman from Georgia has resurfaced - on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea trying to deliver supplies to Gaza. Israeli forces arrested McKinney and other passengers on board the ship, according to a group called Free Gaza, which said on its Web site that McKinney and the others "have...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 1, 2009; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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French President Makes Michelle Obama his Cause Celebre

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is pointing to Michelle Obama's Parisian trip to a children's boutique last month as a prime example for why France should loosen tough restrictions on Sunday shopping.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 1, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Aide Comes to Sarah Palin's Defense

(AP Photo/Chris Miller, File) At least one former campaign aide to 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is rushing to her defense in light of the lengthy and blistering profile of the Alaska governor in Vanity Fair. David Welch, a veteran campaign operative and behind-the-scenes researcher for the McCain-Palin campaign, takes issue with the anonymous quotes attributed to other former campaign aides in the magazine...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 30, 2009; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Two House Races, Made For Reality TV

Updated, 1:45 p.m. Is reality TV having a trickle-down effect on politics these days, or what? A fundraiser in San Diego for a Democratic candidate for Congress got so out of hand last weekend that police showed up, arrested the host of the fundraiser and used pepper spray on the partygoers. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a statement it has ordered...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 30, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Report: John Edwards Faces New Questions About Paternity

It isn't just Republicans like John Ensign and Mark Sanford who are making headlines for political sex scandals these days. Democrat John Edwards' name has resurfaced, thanks to a report that Andrew Young, a former close aide, is writing a bombshell tell-all book. Oddly, the Sleuth has noticed, the subject of that former aide is so sensitive that Elizabeth Edwards couldn't bring herself to mention...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 29, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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