Gossip Roundup: 'Different Kind of Cat'
* Reliable Source: Author Christopher Buckley says the main character in "Thank You for Smoking" is a "very different kind of cat" from Jack Abramoff: "He's not in it for the money. He has issues with authority -- he doesn't like being told what to do. That was the common theme among the lobbyists I interviewed while doing the book." [WP]
* Inside the Beltway: Sens. Allen and Clinton lead '08 poll of insiders. . . "Republican heavy hitters" come out for Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's Senate bid. [WT]
* Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Maureen Dowd is "flattered" that she was the inspiration for Katie Holmes' character in "Thank You for Smoking." [NYDN]
* The Scoop: 5,000 witches petition Bush for recognition of Wicca faith. [MSNBC]