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The Sleuth: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Palin Camp Takes on Levi Johnston

Just when you thought the plot couldn't possibly thicken more in the Days of Our Lives in Alaska, it has. Outgoing Gov. Sarah Palin is now fighting back against claims made by her daughter's ex-boyfriend that she bailed out on Alaska in order to cash in on her fame. Asked if Levi Johnston's accusation bore any truth, Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said in an...

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 10, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (171)
 
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Jackson Lee Sees Future For Jackson Resolution

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) appears with Michael Jackson in this ABC News Channel 7 video. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says she doesn't believe the Democratic leadership has taken her resolution memorializing Michael Jackson off the table forever, and is still hopeful the measure will be considered, even if not immediately. "This is not a resolution that any of us introduced to pass...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 10, 2009; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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For Journalists, Michelle Obama's G-8 Hostess Has the Mostest

Mara Carfagna, a former topless model who now holds a spot in the Italian cabinet, is serving this week as hostess for the wives of the Group of Eight leaders. And her choice for the role is overshadowing coverage of the visiting first ladies.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 9, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Pelosi: No Debate on Michael Jackson Resolution

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ruled out House consideration of a resolution memorializing Michael Jackson. Asked this morning whether the resolution sponsored by Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Diane Watson (D-Calif.) should be brought to the House floor, Pelosi paused and then said very quietly, "Michael Jackson was a great, great performer. Lots of sadness there for many reasons." But, Pelosi continued, members...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 9, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Rep. Slaughter's Cameo In Terrorist-Tracking Reality Show

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) will be surrounded by three hot beefcakes in an upcoming episode of the new NBC show titled "The Wanted," the Sleuth has learned. The controversial series, which premieres July 20, chronicles a Navy SEAL, a Green Beret and a journalist -- three good-looking, buff guys straight out of Central Casting, though apparently they are real-life people -- as they chase down...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 8, 2009; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rep. Burton Feeling Vindicated By Fed Security Breaches

Sarah Palin had her "told ya so" moment. And now Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) is having his. The Sleuth and others lampooned Burton a few weeks ago for trying to offer a measure that would analyze the benefits of building a protective shield around the House chamber "so that somebody can't throw a bomb down on the floor and kill a lot of us."...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 8, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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House Resolution Would Memorialize Jackson

It'll be interesting to see how the votes shake out on a House resolution offered by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) to honor Michael Jackson. Speaking today at the pop icon's funeral, Jackson Lee (who is no relation to the late singer) held up a copy of her resolution and said it will be debated on the House floor. The measure will hail Jackson as...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 7, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Sarah Palin, On Quitting

The Politician Formerly Known as Sarah Barracuda says if she dies politically, no biggie. "If I die, I die. So be it," outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in an interview broadcast this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," which you can read about it in its entirety, and watch video, here. Palin said she was surprised by the media frenzy over her stunning...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 7, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Peter King Defends His Attack On Michael Jackson and Media

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says he never imagined the short Web video he made bashing the media for its round-the-clock coverage of Michael Jackson's death would go viral the way it has. The congressman said in a telephone interview this afternoon that when he typically sets up a news conference, "maybe one radio station shows up." Of the frenzied reaction over his Jackson video,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 6, 2009; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
 
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Reps. Kennedy and Sullivan Out of Rehab

Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), right, and John Sullivan (R-Okla.), left, are out of rehab and back on the job. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke/Andrea Bruce / The Washington Post) Updated, 3:28 p.m. Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and John Sullivan (R-Okla.), both of whom spent the past month in substance abuse treatment programs, are returning to Capitol Hill this week. An aide to Sullivan tells the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 6, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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