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Shouldering Burdens, and Vice Versa

By Richard Leiby
Wednesday, March 23, 2005; Page C03

Occupational hazards: Two prominent Washingtonians -- Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) -- have undergone rotator cuff surgery in recent weeks. What gives?

According to archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs, the 74-year-old McCarrick had surgery March 5 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. "They say age is a factor, sports and repetitive hand lifting above the shoulder -- and, well, he's not an athlete," she told us yesterday. "We think it's too many blessings over the years. He's hoping to return to full blessing form by Easter."

McCarrick Applies Ash
McCarrick Applies Ash
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick at Ash Wednesday Mass in February. (Dudley M. Brooks - The Washington Post)

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The 78-year-old Warner underwent shoulder surgery at Bethesda Naval Medical Center a day before the cardinal's operation. His office said in a statement: "Senator Warner attributes the shoulder problem to 27 years of firm hand-shaking and back-slapping in politics." But never fear: He was back in full swing Monday, trying out his arm at events supporting the campaign of Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore.

Brooching the Subject of Charisma

• Go figure: On CNN yesterday, reporter John King asked Madeleine Albright, the nation's first female secretary of state, about the current fascination with current Secretary Condoleezza Rice.

Madeleine's pins haven't created the buzz of Condi's boots. (Andrea Comas - Reuters)
"Well, I think, you know, there was some fascination with me," Albright began, "though I don't have as good a figure. But I did wear a lot of pins and people are interested." She also noted that people "don't spend a lot of time talking about what the men wear."

But if only Colin Powell had worn those sexy knee-high boots . . .


Mary Mapes, the CBS "60 Minutes" producer fired for her part in Dan Rather's discredited report on President Bush's National Guard service, is writing a memoir, and its tentative title speaks volumes: "The Other Side of the Story." She didn't return our call yesterday, but St. Martin's Press said Mapes "will chronicle what really happened at CBS and reveal the corporate, political and ideological agendas that threaten the integrity of journalists and the news." You go, girl!

• In other book news, Republican operative Mary Matalin is getting her own publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster. No name for the imprint yet, but the House of Matalin plans to issue six to 10 books a year starting next year. Most "will have a topical bent that is consistent with Ms. Matalin's well-known conservative views," the publisher said yesterday.

Guess who'll be at tonight's Washington screening of the movie "Guess Who," which stars Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher in a comedic update of the classic "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"? Unfortunately, not the actors. But director Kevin Rodney Sullivan will hold an invite-only Q&A session at AMC's Union Station cinema for Hill staffers connected to the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as Karla Chappelle Howard, president of the CBC Foundation, and John Glover, the foundation's VP.

The Usual Suspects

An occasional feature revealing the secret lives of oft-quoted experts.

(Courtesy Kay Daly)

Occupation: Conservative activist and blogger dubbed "the new Phyllis Schlafly," she heads the Washington-based Coalition for a Fair Judiciary, which whips up support for President Bush's judicial nominees.

Born: Halloween 1966. "I was probably 5 years old before I figured out that everyone didn't go trick-or-treating for a birthday activity." Grew up on Lucerne Boulevard in Los Angeles, in a house later bought by John Malkovich, who converted it from classic Spanish style to a Moroccan design. "It's surreal to see your childhood bedroom turned into something out of 'Casablanca' and featured in Vogue magazine."

Marital status: Married with two sons, ages 2 and 4.

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