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The AP reports: "Scott McClellan, the No. 2 spokesman at the White House and a longtime loyalist to President Bush, will succeed Ari Fleischer as White House press secretary, administration officials said." LINK

"The next press secretary dates back about a decade with Bush, whom he first met while working on campaigns for his mother, Carole Keeton Strayhorn."

The New York Daily News' Rush and Molloy describe the DeLay grandchild's perhaps inadvertent attack on President Bush at a White House barbecue. LINK Ask the New York Times ' Eric Licthblau what he does for a leaving and presumably he will answer, "I cover gays and the Justice Department."

His item today: "A Justice Department employee group said it would move its annual gay pride celebration to Capitol Hill because of what it considers the department's "second-class" treatment. The group, DOJ Pride, said the department refused to let it hold the event on the premises, then relented but said the group would be charged $1,035. DOJ Pride said other employee groups were not required to pay, so the event would be held today at the Russell Senate Office Building at the invitation of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey." LINK

The Washington Post 's Lloyd Grove reports that Nantucket fan Laura Bush called into a local cable station to chat about the island's charm and interests. LINK

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