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The Sleuth: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

Rep. McHenry Not Ready For Birther Status

Don't add Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) to the short-but-colorful list of House birthers just yet. It's a club he apparently isn't quite ready to embrace. After first suggesting at a town hall meeting in his district that he isn't convinced President Obama is a natural-born U.S. citizen, the North Carolina Republican backpedaled. At the forum on Wednesday evening, McHenry, according to the Charlotte Observer,...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 13, 2009; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Montana Dems Ready for Showdown at Obama Speech

Fearing hordes of protesters, Montana Democrats are furiously recruiting the party faithful to turn out for President Obama's scheduled health-care speech Friday in a suburb of Bozeman. Demonstrators, of the same ilk that have disrupted town hall forums across the country in recent weeks, are targeting Obama's appearance as their most high-profile opportunity yet to make their case against a plan they perceive to be...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 13, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Rep. Jackson Lee Ignores Constituent At Health-Care Forum

Updated, 1:57 p.m. Angry protesters hijacking health-care town hall forums across the country have dominated headlines in recent days. But the tables were turned in Houston this week when a congresswoman, not a constituent, was the one who breached etiquette. When a constituent stood up and posed a question to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Tuesday, the congresswoman wasn't exactly listening. (The incident...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 12, 2009; 1:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Hillary Clinton's Cross to Bear: Her Own Power

It has to be Hillary Rodham Clinton's worst nightmare. After missing her big chance to become president, she becomes secretary of state -- arguably the most powerful woman in the world -- and still, she's living in her superstar husband's shadow. One former Clinton administration official says Hillary Clinton "had every reason to be" as angered as she was this week by a Congolese...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 11, 2009; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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