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HER LOSS: LANDRIEU DEFINITELY NOT AT BRITNEY CONCERT: The Huffington Post has run with this “gossip blog”‘s reported confirmed life-defining economy-saving news report about Eric Cantor going to see old Britney Spears sing last night, and they have gotten confirmation from Sen. Landrieu’s office that she was not, as it happens, there with Eric Cantor, as his office (and other parts of the Republican Apparatus, dare we mention) told us earlier today. [HuffPo] Read more on …
  sexytime

Exclusive: Cantor, ‘Democrats’ Attend Britney Spears Concert During Obama Presser

And you all thought Washington wasn’t sexy: the office of ambitious young House Republican Whip Eric Cantor has confirmed to your Wonkette that instead of watching President Obama’s boring press conference last night like the rest of us dingbats, Cantor and a bipartisan group of legislators attended the Show Of The Century at downtown’s Verizon Center: a Britney Spears concert. If our children weren’t so concerned about future deficits, what would they think of this! Read more on Exclusive: Cantor, ‘Democrats’ Attend Britney Spears Concert During Obama Presser…
 

Gossip Roundup: Splash

* Heard on the Hill: Mary Landrieu said: “I often think we would have been better off if the terrorists had blown up our levees. Maybe we’d have gotten more attention.” Also trashed Mississippi… House GOP Flacks arrive at weekly meeting to find Cannon Caucus room double-booked. They were forced to move chairs themselves. [Roll Call] * Reliable Source: Former State Sec George Shultz sports a suit pinstriped with his goddamn name. [WP] * Yeas and Nays: Fun scene from Terry McAuliffe’s new book about his daughter playing “mermaid” in a pool with Hillary Clinton… Name expert on ’08 contenders: Brownback “sounds like a good ‘ol Western boy,” “Mitt is a very ugly name,” “I love Vilsack because it’s foreign.” Karl Rove went to Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf. [Examiner] * Under the Dome: Norm Coleman shows up for a vote, forgets tie. This is apparently a violation of Senate rules. Someone brought him a tie, though, so we can’t kick him out. Also the MN Democratic party lied about him “blocking” the minimum wage bill… Bono kept a “low profile” when he was here last. Despite this we still have to hear about it. [The Hill] * Shenanigans: At last week’s National Review Institute’s Conservative Summit, you missed everyone passing around a doctored version of Rita Cosby’s business card with “For a good time, call…” printed on it… “Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., was spotted walking out the back door of that lobbyist mecca, Capital Grille.” [Politico] * Page Six: JFK and Robert Stack will get you laid! [NYP] * Rush & Molloy: Republicans hate Rudy. [NYDN] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Splash…
 

Wonk’d: Pizza With a Guy Who Might Be Mark Foley

Wonk’d is in a festive mood and the famous-for-DC kids in this week’s installment have been spotted doing the exact same thing you’ve been doing these past few weeks: stuffing food in their faces at a hectic pace. Harold Ford likes upscale chain eateries, Tom Delay indulges his delusions of grandeur by lunching on the Senate side, and actual celebrity Matt Damon drops a few hundred bucks on a dinner he could’ve gotten for $4.99 from a local burrito joint. Lots more, including Dennis Hastert ordering the red and green curry, after you rip open the presents. Read more on Wonk’d: Pizza With a Guy Who Might Be Mark Foley…
 

Wonk’d: The Breeders

The American political elite are enviable in so many ways. Doesn’t everyone wish they had a really good-looking family, like Dick Gephardt’s? Or a culturally sensitive patriarch, like Karl Rove? Perhaps there is more admiration for our great athletes — like Yankees players Mike Mussina and Alex Rodriguez, who both have tons of fans — even if Jeff Gannon isn’t one. In any case, just sit back and have a beer like Tim Russert, or go Patrick Kennedy-style with an iced tea — there’s lots more wonk’d after the jump. There’s no way that baseball hats and sunglasses can keep any celebs from getting wonk’d by you hardworking tipsters. Once you’ve discovered their charade, email us, with “Wonk’d” or “Sighting” in the subject line (and the name of the “brity” that should have known better). You keep a sendin’, we’ll keep a postin’, and they’ll keep pretendin’ to be surprised when they’re spotted. Read more on Wonk’d: The Breeders…
 

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’…
 

Gossip Roundup: What’s Being Said

• Reliable Source: Andrea Mitchell, Alan Greenspan win Porsche Boxster in raffle but can’t accept because of regulations. . . Dean dined with Mick Jagger at Cafe Milano. . . Ashcroft received additional security search at Reagan Airport. [WP] • Inside the Beltway: Hillary and Landrieu cancel appearances at roast of Barbara Walters. . . Kerry, Edwards tied for second place behind Hillary in ’08 poll. [WT] • Cindy Adams: It’s “being said is that [the Miers] nomination came about because of Judith Miller. That the investigation and possible conspiracy charge against Cheney and Rove over this CIA agent Valerie Plame leak is one more thing Bush doesn’t need to handle. . . The president picked her because he cannot step in more doo doo.” [NYP] • Liz Smith: Red Cross benefit emceed by Jon Stewart will honor Bill Clinton. [NYP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: What’s Being Said…
 

Gossip Roundup: Looking High and Low

• Reliable Source: Rachel Dratch preparing to play Miers on “Saturday Night Life”. . . Jason Binn criticized for putting minor contributors on masthead of Capitol File magazine. . . Mick Jagger tells MCI Center audience: “[Miers] looked high. She looked low. In the morning, she looked in the mirror and said, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest judge of all?'” [WP] • Rush & Molloy: Fox News flack doesn’t know if anchor and Condi-fan Lauren Green is gay. [NYDN] • Inside the Beltway: Hillary, Landrieu, Hughes to roast Barbara Walters tonight. [WT] • Liz Smith: Michael Wolff speculates about Cheney in ’08. [NYP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Looking High and Low…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘Tighten Our Belt’

• Bush contemplates expansion of federal role in natural disaster response. [WP] • Over 80% of FEMA contracts for Katrina cleanup were no-bid or decided among limited competition. DHS inspector general: “When you do something like this, you do increase the vulnerability for fraud, plain waste, abuse and mismanagement. We are very apprehensive about what we are seeing.” [NYT] • Louisiana asks for $40b from federal government. Mary Landrieu: “We’re going to fight hard for every dollar.” [WP, WSJ] • Bush asks White House Budget Director Joshua Bolten to “tighten our belt.” Bolten: “The disaster response is a relatively short-term hit to the budget. If we’re sensible in our spending, both on the disaster response and on belt-tightening elsewhere, and we keep strong economic growth policies in place, I believe we can still meet the president’s target of reducing the deficit in half by 2009 and remain on track with a steadily declining deficit path, either reaching or heading very close to balance.” [WSJ] • Roberts expected to pass Senate with 64 votes. [USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘Tighten Our Belt’…
 

Remember that Time Anderson Cooper Got Mad?

Salon has created a highlight reel of television news’s Incredible Reappearing Backbone, from Anderson Cooper bitchslapping Mary Landrieu to Tim Russert waving reports in Michael Chertoff’s face. We’re really glad someone did this, not just because it’s both heartening and hilarious but because we worry that in three months no one will remember it happened, especially not the journalists. Read more on Remember that Time Anderson Cooper Got Mad?…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘Focused on the Future’

• Administration, citing “reasons of practicality and politics,” decided not to intervene early on with federal response to Katrina. Senior administration official: “Can you imagine how it would have been perceived if a president of the United States of one party had pre-emptively taken from the female governor of another party the command and control of her forces, unless the security situation made it completely clear that she was unable to effectively execute her command authority and that lawlessness was the inevitable result?” [NYT] • Congress readily approves spending for Katrina relief efforts including $51.8b package; deficit likely to hit new record. [WP, WSJ, NYT, USAT] • Democratic senators and strategists “are weighing whether to save their ammunition for the next nominee, who would succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, often the swing vote on social issues.” [NYT] • Top FEMA officials lack experience; many were patronage appointments. [WP, LAT] • Leadership and compassion from Bush is less visible now than after 9/11; approval rating is down to 40% in Pew poll and 42% in Gallup poll think Bush‘s response to Katrina was bad or terrible. [NYT, USAT] • Democrats do not approve of Katrina inquiry proposed by Republicans. [WP, NYT] • Cheney tours Gulf Coast: “There’s no question there were problems with respect to the evacuation in New Orleans. We’ve gotten around that problem now, and I think everyone’s focused on the future.” [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘Focused on the Future’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Oil Prices ‘Would Drop Like a Rock’

• Washington Whispers: Hastert may be urged to stay put if Hillary wins ’08 nomination. . . Some Commerce Department employees complain Gutierrez is pressuring them to participate in the Freedom Walk. . . Trump says that if he could talked to Saudi Arabia about oil, “prices would drop like a rock”. . . California Democrats float idea of a celebrity candidate to defeat Schwarzenegger: Bill Clinton? Magic Johnson? Gavin Newsom? Rob Reiner? [USN&WR] • Inside Politics: Landrieu on “This Week”: “If one person criticizes our sheriffs, or says one more thing, including the president of the United States, he will hear from me. One more word about it after this show airs and I — I might likely have to punch him — literally.”. . . 44% blame Bush in ABC/WP poll. [WT] • Inside the Beltway: Rehnquist liked his anonymity. [WT] • Lloyd Grove’s Lowdown: FEMA site encourages donations to Pat Robertson‘s Operation Blessing. [NYDN] • Page Six: Streisand requested to be on the same floor as Clinton when they stay at the New York Sheraton. [NYP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Oil Prices ‘Would Drop Like a Rock’…
 

Cooper’s 360 Roundhouse

Do not get the pretty boys mad: Mary Landrieu goes on about how great Bill Frist is. Anderson Cooper responds that it’s hard to take politicians thanking each other when rats are gnawing dead bodies in the streets. We were sort of waiting for an anchor to go native, and Cooper does it in the best possible way. He says “people are ashamed.” Maybe more people should be. Read more on Cooper’s 360 Roundhouse…