Gossip Roundup: A Very Sensitive Area Edition

Reliable Source:DeWine flak limits comment to "We're looking at it right now. We're looking into the situation". . . Gene Sperling marries television writer. . . Frist's son charged with driving with intoxicated. . . 750 people in Congress got free haircuts, facials, manicures, makeovers, and massages. [WP]

Under the Dome:Rep. Hunter (R-Calif.): "I think the Senate has become mesmerized by cameras, and I think that�s sad.". . . "Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered" debuts on PBS next month; expected to be less partisan. . . Rep. Graves (R-Mo.) accused of harassing, bullying opponents. . . Robert Barnett represents five NYT bestsellers. . . Mo Rocca to appear regularly on "Today," act as pundit with Larry King during the conventions, host History Channel special, and write book, All the Presidents� Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over. [The Hill]

Heard on the Hill:DeWine flak says "Washingtonienne Affair" remains a "very sensitive area". . . Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) wants to enclose the public gallery to shield lawmakers from purple powder attacks. . . Former Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says Hastert, Dreier Republicans should retire. [Roll Call]

Inside the Beltway: The Griswold family from National Lampoon's would pay $130 more on gas today. . . Man in Alabama fired for wearing 10 Commandments lapel pin. . . Ritz-Carlton tried to serve cicadas in hors d'oeuvres and garnishes but couldn't find a licensed distributor. . . Reps. Chabot, Shadegg, Brady want to allow victims to confront the accused in court. . . Cheney singles out the sole student from Wyoming at the Coast Guard Academy. [WT]

Inside Politics:Sen. Hollings defends earlier statements that Bush went to war to appease American Jews. . . Kemp helps Martinez campaign in Florida. . . Traficant conviction upheld. [WT]

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Radio interview with Russert is cut short by his people. . . Jenna to volunteer with children in Manhattan, Barbara to intern with a pediatric AIDS program in Houston; joint interview with Vogue planned. . . Maureen Dowd to publish Bushworld in August. [NYDN]

Page Six:Michael Moore's film reportedly repeats claims from free independent film available online. . . Ralph Reed, Kerrey, Huffington, Trippi, Danny Goldberg, Pariser, Joe Klein to speak at the New School. . . [NYP and NYP]

Liz Smith:Isaacson, Hitchens, Matthews, Brooks, Buckley, Margaret Carlson, Huffington, Cynthia Lewis, Ken Adelman, Judi Dench debate Shakespeare, England, and France in comparison to today's political climate. [NYP]


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