Gossip Roundup: What Would Jenna Drink?
• The Reliable Source: Laura Flanders on Lynne Cheney's novel about a lesbian relationship: "It's really very funny, but I don't think intentionally so." It's about "celebrating condoms and free love. And there are very passionate relationships between women." Says Cheney spokeswoman, "If this novel were half as sensational as people are making it out to be, it would have sold a lot more copies.". . . Nintendo executive on complaints that Mario Party 5 discourages political activity: "All of the in-school programs we've been involved with have been very successful. The Mario for President campaign was a light-hearted program intended to show how great it is to live in America. There was absolutely no intention to disparage the political process and we apologize if anyone perceived it that way." [WP]
• Under the Dome: Bush: "I know there's a lot of talk about a Massachusetts politician who has his eye on the presidency. But tell [Governor Mitt Romney] it's not open until 2008.". . . Senator Breaux (D-La.) among culinary award winners for his Tortilla Shrimp Bites. . . Kucinich's Department of Peace bill loses a co-sponsor, but still has 48 - all Democrats. [The Hill]
• Heard on the Hill: Bill Cosby reportedly declines to sit next to Condoleezza Rice; "It's a free country," says the Deputy National Security Advisor. . . Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) fell face-first on the sidewalk, resulting in "a busted lip, two black eyes, and a scary-looking nose." Jokes a Democratic flak, "Like a gasping fish on the dock, when you flip and flop for long enough you�re eventually going to get bruised.". . . On the Senate floor, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) rails about NPR's reassigning of Bob Edwards: "For many of us, morning in America will not be the same. I�ve never met him but I really consider him a friend. He�s a reliable source of information, has a voice that calms me when terrible things are happening around the world - he is an American institution.". . . A CD handed out at a fundraiser for Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) said, "What comes after Dubya? We ask ourselves, WWJD - What Would Jenna Drink?" [Roll Call]
• Inside Politics: Pelosi becomes the first Democratic leader to support gay marriage. . . Dick Morris thinks this month of skiing and fundraising will kill the Kerry campaign's chances. . . Russert, Fleischer, Franken, Woodward, Smiley, Ashleigh Banfield, Aaron Brown, Tucker Carlson, Peggy Noonon, Keith Olbermann, Kweisi Mfume, Anderson Cooper, among others, sign up for a special edition of Jeopardy. [WT]
• The 411: Edwards plays horse with his staffers. [NYDN]
• Cindy Adams: Clinton's book expected in stores during the Democratic convention. [NYP]