Gossip Roundup: Myself or My Country Edition

Reliable Source:Powell's chief of staff, Larry Wilkerson, tells GQ Powell is tired of his post and admits: "I have some reservations about people who have never been in the face of battle, so to speak, who are making cavalier decisions about sending men and women out to die". . .Max Baucus's wife says press misrepresented her arrest. . . Kennedy, Shriver, Rep. Harold Ford Jr., Russert, Woodruff, Jean Kennedy Smith, Friedman, and Harris Wofford to celebrate new biography of Sargent Shriver today. [WP]

Heard on the Hill: "Jeopardy Power Players" donates $450,000 in total; ABC News talent banned from such entertainment programming. . . Alex Vogel and Bruce Mehlman partner to form lobbying firm. . . 62 percent of 13,000 online gamblers bet on Bush re-election. [Roll Call]

Inside the Beltway:Nelson: "The sharpness of this poisoned atmosphere of excessive partisanship and excessive ideological rigidity has made it very difficult for this government to function.". . . Moynihan's political memorabilia hits the auction block. [WT]

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown:Karen Hughes's claim that Bush was a varsity rugby player at Yale is proved wrong because there is no varsity rugby at Yale. [NYDN]

Rush & Molloy: When Hillary announced her candidacy for Senate, JFK Jr. reportedly remarked, "What, am I supposed to move to Arkansas?" [NYDN]

Liz Smith: Does Hillary's mother want her daughter to run for president? "Shall I choose for myself or my country?" [NYP]

Page Six:Pataki thinks, tips $1 on a $17 tab; bartender thinks, contacts Page Six. . . Chris Heinz's gym bag is stolen; he quickly cancels his American Express Black Card and notes the names in his directory "all go by codes." [NYP and NYP]


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