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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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