No Walk in the Park

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Friday, March 28, 2008

A day after her frosty exchange with a college student turned into a cable-news sensation, Chelsea Clinton opted for a much more intimate Q&A at a D.C. nightclub fundraiser Wednesday night.

After speaking for several minutes to a crowd of about 175 supporters at the Park at 14th, the former-and-still-hoping-to-be-future first daughter decided to put down the mike -- and instead take her questions from the $100-a-head crowd one-on-one. Not that that was much easier: The 28-year-old (in a blue blazer, jeans and Mary Jane pumps) spent about an hour and a half mingling and pressing the flesh. It was a long night back in her old stomping grounds for Clinton, who also headlined a Constitution Hall rally with her mom and big-donor party at the home of Esther Coopersmith. She passed up the cocktails at the Park, taking only a bottle of water on her way out.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

* Kate Walsh mobbed by young lanyard-wearers with cell-cams at the Capitol yesterday before a Planned Parenthood briefing advocating sex-ed. The "Private Practice" star wore a pale yellow sheath dress, a trench-style jacket, black strappy sandals and a side ponytail; told the standing-room audience she became a loyal PP client back in her uninsured struggling-actress days.

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"Stephanie, it's unacceptable. We all agree on that, Stephanie. I'm sorry to single you out; you know, we've had -- this has been an issue here. We don't need another issue here."

MSNBC host Dan Abrams chastising guest Stephanie Miller Wednesday after the liberal talk-radio host dropped "pimped out" in a discussion of Chelsea Clinton. In February, the cable network suspended David Shuster for two weeks when he used the phrase; unclear if Miller will be invited back.

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"I could not dance to that. These people came here to dance."

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor explaining the moral imperative that caused him to storm off the stage while his band-mates donned matching satin suits and launched into a synth-heavy electronica set during the Auckland kickoff of the '80s New Wavers' world tour, according to the New Zealand Herald. Keep it real, man!

Richardson's Beard and the One Vote That Counts

Lots of react to our item Monday about that dark beard that Bill Richardson sported when he endorsed Barack Obama. Critics called it unattractive, something a "South Park" character would wear, and aging: "Whiskers make men look old and ugly." Others said New Mexico's guv looks hot: "I love the beard!!! It gives him great sex appeal and makes him look like the young Pavarotti." Another reader called him "healthy, refreshed, revived and ready to take on a VP run."

But Richardson told the Santa Fe New Mexican on Monday that the beard's days are numbered. "Initially the reaction to the beard was horrendous," he said. "But more and more people are liking and accepting it. But my plan in a month or two is to get rid of it. I like it, but my wife still doesn't like it. That's the main factor."

THIS JUST IN . . .

¿ T.I., who was arrested last year trying to buy several machine guns, pleaded guilty in Atlanta yesterday to three federal charges of illegal weapons possession. The Grammy-winning rapper, 27, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., had faced up to 10 years for each charge; under the plea, he'll be sentenced next year to a mere one year in prison and a $100K fine, assuming he completes the 1,000 hours of community service the court ordered yesterday.

Make Room for 'Daddy' During 'Doonesbury's' Hiatus

On Sunday, Garry Trudeau, the creator of "Doonesbury," began a 12-week break from his daily comic strip. He promises to return with new strips in mid-June. During this time, we will use that space to test several new comics a few weeks at a time. First up is "Daddy's Home," a family strip centered on a stay-at-home dad.

Please let us know how you like it. Write Comics Feedback, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071; e-mail comics@washpost.com; or call 202-334-4775.


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