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Gossip Roundup: McKinney Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

Reliable Source: Anderson Cooper brings out 300 fans in Arlington. . . Rep. DeLay seen eating French food and drinking French wine. . . Rep. Cynthia McKinney spotted dancing in her car. [WP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: McKinney Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It…
 

Daily Briefing: We Try Harder?

Sen. Specter (R-Pa.) proposes to give Bush the choice of getting a warrant from a special court for surveillance programs; proposal would specifically not limit presidential powers. Specter: “I think he [Cheney] is serious about trying to work something out. For the first time, he said they are willing to consider legislation.” [WP] Cheney says his communications with Sen. Specter “are not unusual.” Specter: “He does not face head on; he does not deal with his not having taken it up with the chairman. This isn’t me personally; this is institutional. This is not the way government works, to deal with a committee without going through the chairman.” [WP, NYT] Rep. DeLay (R-Tex.) gives “defiant retirement speech”: “I did a good job… Given the chance to do it all again, there’s only one thing I’d change. I’d fight even harder.” [WP, NYT, LAT] Death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi will provide little reprieve for Republians feeling political heat. Official: “We don’t want another ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment.” [WSJ] Troop levels in Iraq will not be down to 100,000 by the end of this year. [NYT] Senate is three votes shy of repealing the estate tax. Sen. Lott (R-Miss.): “The conservative base will appreciate the fact that we are trying.” [NYT, LAT, WSJ, USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: We Try Harder?…
 

Gossip Roundup: You Look Like a Candidate

Reliable Source: Rep. Carolyn Maloney calls on Queen Latifah to raise women’s confidence. . . Bill O’Reilly says Ann Coulter‘s “personal attacks are foolish”. . . Catherine Herridge begins month-long hospital stay following liver transplant. [WP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: You Look Like a Candidate…
 

Daily Briefing: For the Children

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida leader, is killed in Iraq by a “precision airstrike”; Bush says it’s “a significant victory in the war on terror.” [AP] George H.W. Bush “waged a secret campaign over several months” to replace Rumsfeld with a “retired four-star general,” but the president held firm. [Salon] Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) exposes how Cheney played hardball with the Judiciary Committee. [NYT] Victory in California primary “settled Republicans nerves,” but the margin was slim and the campaign was expense. Ken Mehlman: “You see a lot of things that are bellwethers, and they indicate Republicans are in position to hold Congress.” Professor: “The fact that Busby got 15 points over Democratic registration, that should make Republicans nervous. It’s not that Bilbray won. This is a safe Republican seat. I was very surprised that $5 million doesn’t allow you to break 50 percent.” [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT] Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage fails to get 60 votes needed to end debate; roll calls ends with 49 yeas, 48 nays. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.): “We’re not going to stop until marriage between a man and a woman is protected… for the future of our children in this society.” [WP, NYT, USAT] FBI threatened to pick the lock of Rep. William Jefferson‘s office when a Capitol Police official hesitated. [WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: For the Children…
 

Gossip Roundup: Special Rob Thomas Edition

Heard on the Hill: DNC recruiters canvassed outside of the Camelot strip club. . . Former girlfriend of Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) writes a tell-all in Cosmo. [Roll Call] Rush & Molloy: Laura Bush brings daughter Barbara to see “Jersey Boys.” [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Special Rob Thomas Edition…
 

Daily Briefing: Love, Sweet Love

Primary results “yielded no significant surprises”; Republican Brian Bilbray beats Democrat Francine Busby in race for Rep. Randy Cunningham‘s seat. [WP, LAT] Cheney brokers deal to keep telephone company executives from testifying about NSA database. [USAT] Some Republican Senators think the recent focus on “ideologically charged topics” like gay marriage could backfire; voters have more pressing concerns. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.): “I know in many meetings of our colleagues when the issue of marriage comes up, heads drop. It is just an issue that people just feel uncomfortable talking about. It’s something that maybe in some respects they feel like, why do we even have to? Why is this even an issue?” [NYT] Use of “taxpayer-funded databases” provides an advantage to incumbents who can “cultivate constituents more attentively than ever.” Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.): “As incumbents, we have unlimited access to the most up-to-date technology in the world.” [WP] FBI sought proof that Rep. William Jefferson may have tried to bribe the vice president of Nigeria. [NYT, LAT] Judiciary Panel members are riled by a Justice Department official’s refusal to say “whether the Bush administration has ever considered prosecuting journalists for publishing leaked national security information.” [WP] Tom DeLay says “panic, depression and woe-is-me-ism” risks losing the election for the GOP. [USAT, USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Love, Sweet Love…
 

Gossip Roundup: Ban the Vuitton

Reliable Source: Rep. Patrick Kennedy spent the night before his driving accident with a female “friend”. . . Katie Couric stopped by Cafe Milano late Saturday night for a martini and pizza with local beer distributor Jimmy Reyes. [WP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Ban the Vuitton…
 

Daily Briefing: A Push Back?

Bush renews call to ban gay marriage; social conservatives cheer the “litmus test” as critics contend the move is mainly political. James Dobson: “It is true what this vote will do will be to help the voters identify who is and is not supportive of the family, and I think those that are not are going to have to answer for it.” [WP, NYT, USAT] This week’s Senate agenda, from the ban on gay marriage to a repeal of the estate tax, is “all about” motivating conservative voters. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) on the marriage amendment: “I am confident that the American people will see this for what it is: a mean-spirited attempt to score political points in an election year.” [WP, W$J] Intense campaigning is already underway for the midterm election, “reflecting a consensus in both parties that Republicans could lose control of the House and perhaps the Senate”; Republicans have spent at least $4.5M on today’s special election for Randy Cunningham‘s seat. [NYT, W$J] Congress and the courts “are beginning to push back against what has been the greatest expansion of presidential powers in a generation or more.” [USAT] Bill Clinton hopes to raise over $20M for midterm campaigns. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: A Push Back?…
 

Gossip Roundup: Back in the Classroom

Heard on the Hill: Sen. Bill Frist‘s middle son Jonathan has a Facebook profile, complete with “hunky photos” and strange group affiliations. . . Oxygen is recruiting for a reality show called “Capitol Hill Girls”. . . Jack Abramoff listed Rep. Bob Ney‘s golf handicap, but the congressman doesn’t even play. [Roll Call] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Back in the Classroom…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘Inspiring Dread’

Authorities allege that Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) formed a “corporate labyrinth” to “secretly receive illegal payments.” [WP] The Bush administration appears reluctant to enforce medical privacy laws; no civil fines have been issued despite 19,420 reported grievances. [WP] Lawsuits target electronic voting in at least six states. [USAT] South Dakota ruling has made abortion a top campaign topic in local races cross the country. [NYT] ’08 campaign calendars and speculation align as Mark Warner (D) and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) share a ballroom in Richmond. [WP] Rep. Katherine Harris‘s (R-Fla.) Senate campaign is “inspiring dread among many in her party.” [USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘Inspiring Dread’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Taking Odds

Reliable Source: Auction of Capitol Hill ladies wear raises $15,752. . . Rep. Dennis Hastert is now the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House. [WP] Inside the Beltway: BetUS.com is taking bets on rumors of Clinton‘s next affair. [WT] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Taking Odds…
 

Daily Briefing: The Reconnect

Senate bill would legalize almost 20M immigrants over the next decade; estimates predict the guest-worker program could cost over $50B. [WP] Bush is “seeking to reconnect with conservative Republicans”; will renew call for a ban on gay marriage. [USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: The Reconnect…
 

Gossip Roundup: Fun for Steve Scully

Reliable Source: Cher makes another call to C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” — at 4:20 her time — to advocate safety upgrades for troops in Iraq. [WP] Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: Kelsey Grammer may seek office: “I think the problem in government is that everything is measured. Politics is a game of equivocation, but there can be no half-measures in dealing with the difficulties we face abroad… I believe that George Bush has taken a valiant stance in a dangerous time for this country.” [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Fun for Steve Scully…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘We Are Better’

FEC decides to permit 527s to continue as is, meaning “even larger sums to be spent influencing races this year and in 2008.” [WP, NYT] Bush essentially had no choice but to join talks on Iran. [NYT, WP, W$J] Bush says he’s “troubled” by news of civilian killings in Haditha, Iraq: “If, in fact, the laws were broken, there will be punishment.” [NYT] Homeland Security Department cuts funding for Washington and New York while boosting support for mid-size cities. [WP, NYT] Sen. Hillary Clinton launches Senate campaign with broad swipes at the administration: “I believe that we need a fundamentally new direction. . . We are better than what is happening in America today.” [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘We Are Better’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Rice’s ‘Idol’

Under the Dome: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is named the “hottest woman in U.S. politics” by Politics1.com. . . Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and David Vitter (R-La.) plug New Orleans during “The Price is Right”. . . Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) wants to cut tariffs on duties on “padded potty seats,” “traveler padded-potty seats,” and “contoured padded-infant potty seats.” [The Hill] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Rice’s ‘Idol’…
 

Daily Briefing: The Bird Man

Bush nominates Henry Paulson, chairman of Goldman Sachs Group, to replace John Snow at the Treasury Department; White House sought Paulson for months. [WP, W$J, USAT, LAT] White House acknowledges that Bush withheld the news at his press conference last week; Paulson‘s net worth is estimated to be more than $700M. [NYT, NYT] Paulson is described as “the kind of guy who thrives in a crisis” and “a committed environmentalist and bird watcher.” [WP, NYT, LAT] Justice Department claims Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) tried to hide documents from the FBI. [WP, LAT] Former chief of staff to Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) testifies that Abramoff “identified his ‘champions’ in government and then showered them with favors to get inside information and help for his clients.” [WP, NYT] Democrats are slow to provide a specific party platform; “this cautious strategy is generating intensifying debate within the party.” [LAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: The Bird Man…
 

Gossip Roundup: More Indictments?

Heard on the Hill: Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) defends his manicures. . . Clintons had a late dinner at Cafe Milano last Thursday. [Roll Call] Cindy Adams: Expect “another 11″ indictments. [NYP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: More Indictments?…
 

Daily Briefing: The ‘Good Bad Guys’

Bush marks Memorial Day with vow to finish the wars to honor those who lost their lives: “I am in awe of the men and women who sacrifice for the freedom of the United States of America.” [NYT, WT] Read more on Daily Briefing: The ‘Good Bad Guys’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Going, Going, Nowhere

(For our extensive coverage of the gunfire reports at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, just scroll down the page.) Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: Al Gore: “There’s a lot about politics I like, and there’s more than a lot I don’t like. Politics requires some skills that I don’t have in abundance.”. . . Rudy Giuliani tests campaign lines and postures. [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Going, Going, Nowhere…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘Hidden Traps’

Bush, “in an unusual admission,” says he regrets using the phrases “bring it on” and “dead or alive”; joint press conference with Blair has “contrite tone” because “both leaders have reached the lowest point of their careers.” [WP, WP, NYT, NYT] Bush orders documents seized in raid of Rep. William Jefferson‘s office to be sealed for 45 days. [WP, NYT, W$J, LAT, USAT] Senate approves immigration legislation by vote of 62 to 36 but the next steps are “enormously difficult.” [WP, NYT, W$J, LAT, USAT] John Snow has told the White House he is resigning; Don Evans and Carlos Gutierrez are among those mentioned as replacements. [WP, NYT, W$J] Military investigation reportedly concludes that a group of marines “carried out extensive, unprovoked killings of civilians” in Iraq. [NYT] ABC News stands by its story about Speaker Hastert. Reporter Brian Ross: “There may be a semantics issue here as to what constitutes being under investigation.” [WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘Hidden Traps’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Tony Snow Rocks?

Reliable Source: Man in bathrobe “bludgeoned” the stereo of the Snap tea house in Georgetown. . . Barbara Bush spotted on date with someone with “preppy-poufy dark hair,” who paid. [WP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Tony Snow Rocks?…
 

Daily Briefing: The Big Chill

Senate vote on immigration legislation is set for today; Karl Rove “got a cold reception” from Republican lawmakers. [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT] Legal analysts say FBI raid on Rep. William Jefferson‘s congressional office was probably legal; Reps. Hastert and Pelosi demand seized documents be returned. [WP, WP, NYT, LAT, USAT] Cheney wanted to “get all the facts out,” according to Lewis Libby‘s testimony; new filing indicates the vice president may be called to testify. [WP, NYT, LAT] Speaker Hastert is “in the mix” of the FBI’s investigation of congressional corruption, ABC News maintains despite denials from the Hill and the Justice Department. [ABC News] Database of immigrants will need more than $1B in upgrades; labor, big business, and civil-liberties advocates oppose the plan. [WP] Prosecutor says David Safavian, former procurement official, repeatedly “lied, concealed and misled” investigators about his dealings with Jack Abramoff. [WP, NYT] Loss of unity among Republicans is fueled by worries about the election. [W$J] Fiscal conservatives take on Republican leadership in attempt to reduce earmarks and pet projects. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: The Big Chill…