Gossip Roundup: Modest Edition
• The Reliable Source:Eric Alterman's Most notable characteristic? Modesty. . . . NPR is doing polling on Bob Edwards. "Amazing," he says. [WP]
• Inside the Beltway: Congressmen complain it will cost $500,000 to send 50 people to an AIDS conference, down from $3.6 million for 236 people in 2002. . . "Between [campaign] stops [for Edwards's senate seat, Rep. Richard M. Burr] slips some Skoal smokeless tobacco 'dip' in his cheek, but doesn't spit out the juice. His college football coach banned the cups into which players would expectorate, so Burr and others learned to minimize the juice and swallow."
• The Scoop:Streisand "is pulling out all the stops" for Kerry with a "major, major" fundraiser, probably at her Malibu home. [MSNBC]
• Under the Dome:DeLay: "The more Teddy Kennedy on the campaign trail, the better.". . . Rep. Jim Moran did not meet his weight loss goal. . . The only son-of-a-senator serving in Iraq is back home with Sen. Tim Johnson. . . Schumer says no ads on baseball players; McCain says no steroids. . . Scalia bends airline rules to save $480. [The Hill]
• Inside Politics:Kerry "doesn't warm anybody up" according to a focus group. . . Miss USA on Iraq: "What needed to be done had to be done." [WT]
• Liz Smith: New issue of American Conservative shows Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice as Pinocchios, calls for Bush to admit mistakes with Iraq, and defends Clarke. [NYP]
• Cindy Adams:Teresa Heinz Kerry meets Cindy Adams. . . 365Gay.com on Lynne Cheney'sSisters: "same-sex promiscuity 'represents the antithesis of the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign.'" [NYP]