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The Sleuth intends to take you on a regular joy ride through the back halls of Congress and all the other political hotspots in Washington where trouble, intrigue, backslapping and, we can only hope, romance abound.

I'll give you better than a front-row seat to the show. This blog will take you backstage, shining a light on the zanier, more offbeat side of the capital's political theatre. We'll have some fun exposing the wide cast of characters -- starting with those 535 distinguished men and women who serve in the House and Senate -- that make up this powerful yet bizarre troupe.

The blog won't be the place to read about House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel's plan to fiddle with the tax code, or Sen. Joe Biden's latest solution to the war in Iraq. This will be the place to learn what politicians would rather you not know about them.

For those of you who don't know me, I've been writing the "Heard on the Hill" political gossip column in Roll Call newspaper for the past several years, unearthing juicy little nuggets such as the one about a Montana congressman going on a "fact-finding" mission to Kazakhstan, doing multiple shots of vodka, falling off a horse, getting trampled on by another, and calling the locals Coneheads.

Among others: An item about a California congresswoman going to a gay bar and judging the night's "best package contest," a senator from New Mexico wandering the halls of Capitol Hill in what appeared to be his pajamas, and -- in the Irony-On-Steroids category -- there was the item I had about a convicted Jack Abramoff crony giving his post-grad dissertation on ... congressional ethics.

There'll be lots more where that came from coming to washingtonpost.com soon. To those of you who have been my loyal readers and tipsters for years, please join me in my new venture. A hearty welcome to everyone else. Later this week I'll put out an official invite to all of you to please e-mail your best tips, your funniest sightings, and any other interesting tidbits you'd like to share with me -- maryann DOT akers AT washingtonpost.com.

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Welcome. You need to have a link on The Fix page to here. The Fix is where all of the politics junkies gravitate.

Chat up Cillizza, maybe he'll be kind and give you a link in his space.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | January 26, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Just another cute funny conservative voice to distract people from the real issues.

Posted by: Garrathe | January 28, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Just so I can get something in the Post without being booted from the club. Lisa T. kicked me off the last big Post offering.. Three times.

Welcome to the mix, full speed ahead and damn the torpedos. Ignore the naysayers, one grenade gets a bunch of them.

Posted by: Al Bee | January 31, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

So glad to read Mary Ann Akers without having to pay a small forturne to subscribe to Roll Call. I've missed my HOH, and will check the site regularly.

And to Garrathe: this isn't about conservative, liberal, or "real" news. Its about the real people behind the "real" news.

Posted by: Anthony | January 31, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for stirring things up... stagnation is never a flattering quality, especially in politics.

Posted by: K Kirk | February 12, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Your silly piece about David Sirota was one more sign of the sickness that is the MSM. As I watch the Libby trial unfold it is disgusting to see what has happened to our 4th estate. To deny access Mr.Sirota over his journalistic credentials is laughable. If activism disqualifies him 80% of the 'reporters' from this rag should be disqualified as lying and enabling and generally carrying water for the right wing surely qualifies as activism.

Posted by: cynthia ramon | February 14, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Your silly piece about David Sirota was one more sign of the sickness that is the MSM. As I watch the Libby trial unfold it is disgusting to see what has happened to our 4th estate. To deny access Mr.Sirota over his journalistic credentials is laughable. If activism disqualifies him 80% of the 'reporters' from this rag should be disqualified as lying and enabling and generally carrying water for the right wing surely qualifies as activism.

Posted by: cynthia ramon | February 14, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Lincoln, about the only Republican I can admire, is an icon for many Republicans who must misquote him in order to develop some sort of ethos for the wrongheaded acts committed by warmongers of today.

Posted by: Luisa StormChaser | February 15, 2007 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Your Comments On...

Where's the Accountability?
It seems almost inconceivable: The White House actually invites the press corps to hold it accountable -- but when the time comes, and a key benchmark is missed, the press is silent.
- By Dan Froomkin
Comments

Read Broder*s response to Glenn Greenwald in the WaPo, and Greenwald*s response in Salon. What I find bizarre, paraphrasing Mr. Broder, is that Mr. Broder could equate wanting America to succeed with wanting this president to succeed. All Americans want the former, few want the latter. They do want the presidency to succeed - but not be independent of the mutual constraints imposed by the judiciary and legislature, which Mr. Bush demands. Most Americans reject Mr. Bushes priorities, his war, his incompetence, his Orwellian language, and his extraordinary abuse of the Constitution. They reject the power that he has unaccountably allowed his vice president to wield, like the cuckolded husband inviting his wife to go out with her lover, while footing the bill for it. Mr. Broder wants to consider himself above the fray. That hubris hides his partisanship and his inability, shared with Mr. Bush, to distinguish what he wants from what is good for America.

By dpklln | Feb 17, 2007 2:50:17 PM | Request Removal


I do not beleive anything this administration says.

By antonio | Feb 17, 2007 8:11:42 PM | Request Removal


Dan: not only did I throughly enjoy your column but I very much appreciated learning about the commenters blog concerning the unbelievably disappointing column by David Broder. Thank you.

By curtmargie | Feb 17, 2007 8:44:30 PM | Request Removal


TEDDY ROSEVELT Most Clearly Speaks for All American Presidents barbarians recede or are conquered, with the attendant fact that peace follows their retrogression or conquest, is due solely to the power of the mighty civilized races which have not lost the fighting instinct, and which by their expansion are gradually bringing peace into the red wastes where the barbarian peoples of the world hold sway. President Teddy Roosevelt, The Independent, 1899 TEDDY ROOSEVELT It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world. President Theodore Roosevelt, 1899 Expansion and Peace, published in the Independent, Dec. 21, 1899 Lyndon Johnson inaugural speech January 20, 1965: The American covenant called on us to help show the way for the liberation of man. And that is today our goal. Thus, if as a nation, there is much outside our control, as a people no stranger is outside our hope.Change has brought new meaning to that old mission. We can never again stand aside, prideful in isolation. Terrific dangers and troubles that we once called foreign, now constantly live among us. If American lives must end, and American treasure be spilled, in countries that we barely know, then that is the price that change has demanded of conviction and of our enduring covenant. Sound familiar? America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud. George W. Bush

By rwolfe6943 | Feb 18, 2007 4:29:48 AM | Request Removal


If we are in the lead role, pitched to us as a supporting role, can the 21,500 possibly be adequate? What are the positions of the dissenting generals such as Anthony Zini on this? Continue your excellent reporting Dan.

By lwharc | Feb 19, 2007 12:02:05 PM | Request Removal


PRESS RELEASE President bush signed presidential mandate MHCAC Mental Health Consumers Advocacy Council Veterans Forum TV show has done a 30 min Thank you Mr. President veterans forum@aol.com for securing Veterans voices in the VA Health Care System THIS IS A FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This will surely go in the history books Veterans now and future Veterans will remember what he has done THANX For passing this Important Press Release to who ever will print it mike rambo miller VRIS Veterans Representative In Service AND Show Producer mike rambo miller

By veteransforum | Feb 19, 2007 3:30:36 PM | Request Removal

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Posted by: RAMBOvris | February 19, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Your Comments On...

Where's the Accountability?
It seems almost inconceivable: The White House actually invites the press corps to hold it accountable -- but when the time comes, and a key benchmark is missed, the press is silent.
- By Dan Froomkin
Comments

Read Broder*s response to Glenn Greenwald in the WaPo, and Greenwald*s response in Salon. What I find bizarre, paraphrasing Mr. Broder, is that Mr. Broder could equate wanting America to succeed with wanting this president to succeed. All Americans want the former, few want the latter. They do want the presidency to succeed - but not be independent of the mutual constraints imposed by the judiciary and legislature, which Mr. Bush demands. Most Americans reject Mr. Bushes priorities, his war, his incompetence, his Orwellian language, and his extraordinary abuse of the Constitution. They reject the power that he has unaccountably allowed his vice president to wield, like the cuckolded husband inviting his wife to go out with her lover, while footing the bill for it. Mr. Broder wants to consider himself above the fray. That hubris hides his partisanship and his inability, shared with Mr. Bush, to distinguish what he wants from what is good for America.

By dpklln | Feb 17, 2007 2:50:17 PM | Request Removal


I do not beleive anything this administration says.

By antonio | Feb 17, 2007 8:11:42 PM | Request Removal


Dan: not only did I throughly enjoy your column but I very much appreciated learning about the commenters blog concerning the unbelievably disappointing column by David Broder. Thank you.

By curtmargie | Feb 17, 2007 8:44:30 PM | Request Removal


TEDDY ROSEVELT Most Clearly Speaks for All American Presidents barbarians recede or are conquered, with the attendant fact that peace follows their retrogression or conquest, is due solely to the power of the mighty civilized races which have not lost the fighting instinct, and which by their expansion are gradually bringing peace into the red wastes where the barbarian peoples of the world hold sway. President Teddy Roosevelt, The Independent, 1899 TEDDY ROOSEVELT It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world. President Theodore Roosevelt, 1899 Expansion and Peace, published in the Independent, Dec. 21, 1899 Lyndon Johnson inaugural speech January 20, 1965: The American covenant called on us to help show the way for the liberation of man. And that is today our goal. Thus, if as a nation, there is much outside our control, as a people no stranger is outside our hope.Change has brought new meaning to that old mission. We can never again stand aside, prideful in isolation. Terrific dangers and troubles that we once called foreign, now constantly live among us. If American lives must end, and American treasure be spilled, in countries that we barely know, then that is the price that change has demanded of conviction and of our enduring covenant. Sound familiar? America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud. George W. Bush

By rwolfe6943 | Feb 18, 2007 4:29:48 AM | Request Removal


If we are in the lead role, pitched to us as a supporting role, can the 21,500 possibly be adequate? What are the positions of the dissenting generals such as Anthony Zini on this? Continue your excellent reporting Dan.

By lwharc | Feb 19, 2007 12:02:05 PM | Request Removal


PRESS RELEASE President bush signed presidential mandate MHCAC Mental Health Consumers Advocacy Council Veterans Forum TV show has done a 30 min Thank you Mr. President veteransforum@aol.com for securing Veterans voices in the VA Health Care System THIS IS A FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This will surely go in the history books Veterans now and future Veterans will remember what he has done THANX For passing this Important Press Release to who ever will print it mike rambo miller VRIS Veterans Representative In Service AND Show Producer mike rambo miller

By veteransforum | Feb 19, 2007 3:30:36 PM | Request Removal

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