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The Sleuth: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Eric Cantor Honing His Oratorical Skills... For 2012?

(Alex Wong/Getty Images) Updated 7:23 p.m. Further fueling speculation that House Republican Whip Eric Cantor is mulling a bid for the White House, new federal election reports show the Virginia Republican recently spent big bucks on speech coaching. The No. 2 House GOP leader paid $7,697.25 for the services of ace speaking coaches Roy and Jeanette Henderson -- more specifically, one of the husband-wife team's...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 16, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Kerry and Palin, Not a Match Made on Twitter

The Kerry v. Palin feud that we reported on last month resurfaced with a vengeance yesterday, as Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) publicly rebutted outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's Washington Post Op-Ed on climate change. Then the unthinkable happened. Kerry -- or his office, rather -- got an e-mail notice that Palin was following her liberal Massachusetts nemesis on Twitter. The e-mail, which found its way...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 16, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Ron Paul, Politician and Yenta

2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul shakes hands with supporters after a rally in Minneapolis on Sept. 2, 2008. (Keith Bedford/Bloomberg News) For anyone who doubted it, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), the libertarian phenom of the 2008 presidential campaign, is a lover, not a fighter. And he's spreading love far and wide across the Internet, albeit unwittingly. Paul is the inspiration behind a new online dating...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 15, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Michael Jackson Resolution Watch

Updated, 4:35 p.m. ET After glancing at today's House floor schedule, we've concluded: Jacko got jacked. A resolution memorializing Michael Jackson was sidelined last week, but the House will still see fit to take up a myriad of resolutions today honoring various (mostly obscure) figures and events in the world of sports, entertainment and tragic news. Among them are resolutions honoring the following: - John...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 13, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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