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The Sleuth: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

Weekly Wrap: MJ, Pudgy Top Doc Pick, Skip Gates and Coburn's Arma(pecca)dillos

Clockwise: Henry Louis Gates Jr., (Helayne Seidman/The Washington Post); Michael Jackson (Carlo Allegri/Getty Images); Tom Coburn (Lawrence Jackson/AP); Dr. Regina Benjamin (Tim Sloan- AFP/Getty Images) Updated, 6:05 p.m., with White House clarification on the Prof. Gates incident... Fattism Alert: A mini-media firestorm began bubbling this week over President Obama's plus-sized choice for surgeon general, Dr. Regina Benjamin. Even the former editor of The New England...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 24, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Obama's News Conference Sparks Battle of the Steves

Nobody likes to see an underdog get hosed. But hosed one got last night when the wrong Steve stood up and took Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Steve Koff's rightful turn asking a question at President Obama's prime time news conference. And today, the other Steve, the Steve who stole the real Steve Koff's question, is feeling a bit sheepish. "How embarrassing. I heard him wrong,"...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 23, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Rep. Weiner, Snubbed By Muslim-Jewish Group?

(Tim Sloan -- AFP/Getty Images) Updated, 10:35 p.m. A new group focused on strengthening Muslim-Jewish relations has come to Washington this week to bring Jewish and Muslim power brokers in government together. But one prominent Jewish member of Congress who wasn't invited to participate in the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding's activities is Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) -- arguably Washington's most prominent present example of fostering...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 22, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Jackson Browne Defeats John McCain

(McCain: Face the Nation, Karin Cooper; Browne: AP, Matt Sayles) Updated, 9:35 a.m. (7/22): Chuck DeVore, the conservative California state assemblyman challenging Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in 2010, has written to us objecting to our comparison of the Jackson Browne v. John McCain case to Don Henley v. Chuck DeVore. DeVore says the Browne v. McCain case, which was settled on Tuesday, is "very different."...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 21, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Tim Geithner's Secret Crash Pad

(Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images While the federal debt spirals out of control, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is a model of frugality. Since moving to Washington in January, Geithner has been secretly crashing at his old friend Daniel Zelikow's posh manse in the District's tony Kalorama neighborhood. Zelikow, a former Wall Street hotshot who now serves as executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank, is a...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 20, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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