Gossip Roundup: More Helmets Edition

Washington Whispers: Democrats to launch online reality show, "Republican Survivor," starring Bush, DeLay, Coulter. GOP flak: "Cartoons don't win elections". . . Brazile worried Clintons took black vote for granted when McAuliffe was named chair. . . Top officials to detail techniques used at Gitmo. . . Brock writes Rumsfeld to remove Limbaugh. . . Revamped Kerry site will let supporters phone bank from home. . . G-8 leaders can bring their wives for the first time in five years. . . Kerry requested diverse security detail. . . In meetings, Bush's new advisor on homeland security has authority over Ashcroft, who fired her from Justice. [USN&WR]


Names & Faces: Baby Jessica graduates high school. . . Colorado chef gets to serve Peking duck to Bush. . . Bono addresses EU. [WP]

Under the Dome: Lott on Iraqi prison scandal: "Interrogation is not a Sunday-school meeting.". . . Trippi: "I believe we'�re going to take back the Senate and the House. I think we'�re going to take all three. People know there�'s something really wrong. . . If Bush wins [in 2004] by three points, we'�re all going to think he stole it.". . . Breaux lends Kerry football helmets, but adds: "The incumbent needs more helmets than the challenger in this case.". . . Madonna joins Dorgan for Kerry fundraiser.

[The Hill]

Heard on the Hill: Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) campaigns for Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), thus allowing his father to stay out of the dirty primary. . . New anti-Nader blog launches. . . Helen Thomas, Begala, Clarence Page, Bill Press, Margaret Carlson, Clift, Pinkerton celebrate paperback release of David Corn's Bush expose. Says Pinkerton, "In the spirit of Voltaire, I�m not defending the book; I�m defending his right to publish it. As much as I�d like to meet Paul Newman, I don�t want to be on the board of The Nation." [Roll Call]

Inside the Beltway: Cheri Jacobus calls Kerry "The Benchwarmer from Massachusetts". . . Journalists in the '60s were also liberal-minded. [WT]

Liz Smith: Gingrich co-writes novel on Grant. [NYP]

Cindy Adams: Jann Wenner on upcoming Kerry concert: "We discussed this six years ago but Al [Gore] ran. . . I told him: 'It's time to have a snowboarder in the White House.'" [NYP]

Rush & Molloy: Bush 41: "I have total disdain for [Michael] Moore. . . I don't appreciate it. I don't like it." [NYDN]

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: PBS played with the idea of a Lynne Cheney history show, according to Auletta. On adding Tucker's new show, Moyers says, "This is the first time in my 32 years in public broadcasting that [the Corporation for Public Broadcasting] has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons." [NYDN]

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