Gossip Roundup: Mildly Heated Exchange Edition

Washington Whispers: Quayle thinks Kerry should pick Bayh or Hillary. . . The director of Bush's faith-based-initiative used to advocate for Mother Teresa. Said Jim Towey, "It's not really well known, but she liked to sue people. I'm kidding. It was a privilege. It changed my life. I'm trying to pay some of the interest back on that debt.". . . Bush in Crawford this summer? Says an insider, "No way. We're going pedal-to-the-metal until Election Day.". . . The Clinton Presidential Foundation ransacks garage sales for political memorabilia to re-sell and display at his library. . . Kerry wants Clinton flak. Says an insider, "The Kerry campaign is actively in discussions with some prominent Democratic operatives to get them to join the campaign in the wake of criticism that the campaign needs to ramp up to meet the rigors of a national election against the battle-tested Team Bush.". . . The Pentagon's new $25 million fitness center opens this week, less the restaurant and barbershop. . . BC04 staff now have to read local papers from Middle America to stay in touch with the people. . . BC04 may stop ineffective tv ads. [USN&WR]

Heard on the Hill: Sen. Landrieu (D-La.) got personal with the mother and stepfather of Laci Peterson over her swing vote for Laci and Conner's Law. Said Landrieu, "It was a heated exchange. I wasn't berating them. It was just a polite, mildly heated exchange.". . . Democrats win their first ever Gallaudet Congressional Basketball Classic. . . Bush meets the mayor of San Francisco. Said Pelosi, "The president was, as always, his gracious, friendly self. And again, he was very gracious to the mayor of San Francisco and congratulated him on his election." [Roll Call]

Out & About: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Ted Kennedy, Paul Sarbanes, and Rufus Wainwright celebrated the renovated Kennedy Center Opera House. . . Kathleen Matthews and daughter modeled at a mother-daughter tea party for Make-A-Wish. . . Eugene McCarthy turns 88 today: "I wrote a poem called 'Courage After 60,' then changed it to 70. Now I guess I'll change it to 88." [WP]

Fox411: Sharpton celebrates 70 years of the Apollo. [Fox News]

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: George Butler is making a documentary on Kerry, as he did for Arnold in 1977: "We met through his roommate in Yale. I've known him since 1964. I always thought he would be President. He was 6-foot-4 and looked Lincolnesque. We've raised our kids together in the summers - either at my home in New Hampshire or at his summer place - actually places. He's often said that if he were not a politician, he would be a movie director." A Kerry photo book is also in the works from his collection of 6,000. [NYDN]

Cindy Adams: Powell rents his gym equipment. [NYP]

Liz Smith: Karen Hughes on 20/20 tonight. [NYP]

Page Six: Howard Stern to throw D'Amato a bachelor party. [NYP]


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