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The Sleuth: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Weekly Wrap: A Birth Certificate By Any Other Name

It seems nothing will deter the conspiracy theorists known as birthers, who have become the bane of the Republican Party's existence with their (dare we say wacky) claim that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and, therefore, is not a natural born citizen. Birthers who commented on our Thursday posting generally continued to claim that Obama has not produced a true birth certificate, and that...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 31, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (389)
 
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New Letter Shows Sanford Expected Public Shame

At least Mark Sanford got one thing right: he predicted that his affair with his Argentine girlfriend would result in public humiliation. Sanford made his prediction in a letter he wrote to his religious adviser, Warren "Cubby" Culbertson, before he traveled to Argentina (a.k.a., hiked the Appalachian Trail) in June, according to The Associated Press. The AP was able to obtain a copy of the...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 30, 2009; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Birthers, the Few, the Proud, Riling Capitol Hill

Health-care reform may be slow going, but the birthers - the few but furious - are gaining steam. Sort of. The so-called birther bill, born out of an unfounded theory that Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen, now has 11 House co-sponsors. Not quite a baker's dozen, but enough to serve up a fresh batch of ridicule for the Republican Party. Rep. Louie...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 30, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
 
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Capitol Hill Swine Flu Scare Continues

CORRECTION: This item originally misidentified David Cohen as the House sergeant at arms. Bill Livingood is the House sergeant at arms. The item has been corrected to reflect that Cohen is an aide to the sergeant at arms. The swine flu scare on Capitol Hill continues, with House officials now on alert. A day after the Senate sergeant at arms announced that five Senate pages...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 29, 2009; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Specter, Teary-Eyed But Not Sad (Or Sick)

For a moment today, it sounded as if Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat from Pennsylvania, had undergone a new round of chemotherapy. "If you've seen me dab at my eyes, I'm not sad," Specter said, wiping away tears during the Senate Judiciary Committee's deliberations on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. "It's, uh, chemotherapy," the 79-year-old senator explained. "And I've made the Kleenex industry wealthy....

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 28, 2009; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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