Gossip Roundup: Tucker Is Totally Horning in on Our Turf Edition

Reliable Source:Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) wins free opera tickets upon correctly identifying a D.C. Council member on WTOP; he declines tickets to Alma Powell's debut. . . Fred Thompson at a D.C. seminar on law ethics. . . PETA to the NRA: "In this age of sophisticated weaponry, many [seals] are still crudely killed with primitive cudgels. . . Won't you stand with us in seeking a quick kill?". . . Dole to publish WWII memoir. . . Tucker Carlson: "I mean, listening to a John Kerry speech is like going to the proctologist. You may have to, but you don't want to." [WP]

Under the Dome:Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) on Iraq: "I think we should get on out, and we should celebrate victory and we should leave.". . . Insight magazine fires 15 of 25 full-time employees. . . Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) denounces Woodward's book. . . AP reporter who was berated by Bush for cell-phone violation was trying to relay the president's words to the wire. . . Dick Morris' new book, Rewriting History, says Hillary is "both good and bad: the manager who makes the trains run on time, but also the paranoid who sees all those who disagree with her as personal enemies" and accuses her of "marketing a false front, obscuring both her wants and her assets behind the phony facade of a domestic Everywoman."

[The Hill]

Heard on the Hill: Ousted Senate Republican aide Manuel Miranda: "I do admit that reading these documents on an unprotected server to help defend the president�s embattled nominees was political hardball, and I have learned one shouldn�t play hardball with limpwristed teammates.". . . Panels at the upcoming NORML convention: "Don�'t Become Another Statistic: How Not To Get Busted and "Marijuana and Your Health: What You Need To Know That The Government Won�t Tell You". . . Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) gives PAC money to Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). [Roll Call]

Inside the Beltway: RNC issues faux DNC convention guide including antiwar rallies, a re-enactment of John Kerry's fake medal toss, and a homosexual "marriage" ceremony. . . three Hillary bodyguards chase a man in a Saddam Hussein "Ace of Spades" costume. [WT]

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Pottery Barn flak on Powell flap: "A good percentage of Pottery Barn's inventory is beds and other furniture, and we do sell ceramics, glassware, kitchenware and other things that are breakable. But if something breaks, that's the cost of doing business. We always put our customers first - that's part of our corporate values. If someone breaks a wine glass, for instance, our managers just mark it down as 'out of stock.' The customer isn't asked to pay for it." [NYDN]

Rush & Molloy:Lauren Bush on a UN trip to Guatemala. . . Vernon Jordan jokes about subpoenas. . . [NYDN]

Page Six: "Why would the administration get rid of Powell? He is the only person there who has an 80 percent approval rating, and only person giving [Bush] good advice. Right now, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld are being blamed for the mess we are in in Iraq, but swing voters love Colin Powell," says insider. . . Cokie Roberts: "I was raised by nuns, and would never cut off an old lady, as I'm fast becoming one myself." [NYP and NYP]

Liz Smith:Clinton among the speakers at the World Business Forum. [NYP]


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