No Sour Milk for Edwards

Trying to prove himself as the down-to-earth American that he argues Dick Cheney is not, Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards was grilled on his everyday know-how on Don Imus's radio show yesterday morning.

"Well, what do you think a gallon of milk costs in Albuquerque?" Imus asked.

"I think a half a gallon of milk costs about $2.30, $2.40, is that right?" responded the multimillionaire trial lawyer-turned-senator.

"Actually, it costs $4.19," Imus said. (Come to find out Edwards was right on the money: It's pertinent to note, as the Associated Press did, a half-gallon of milk at the Safeway in Edwards's Georgetown 'hood costs $2.29.)

As for beer, Johnny-boy owned up to his naivete. "I have to be honest with you, I haven't drank a six-pack of beer in a long time, so I don't know the answer to that." Fair enough.

But we bet he can tell you the price of a Wendy's cheeseburger. (Though its 99-cent menu does help.) He and wife Elizabeth have been celebrating every wedding anniversary at the fast-food chain going on 27 years now.

McEnroe on Blond Ambition

Tennis great John McEnroe, CNBC's latest attempt to boost its ratings, has a mouth to run and a talk show to promote.

The tennis phenom offers his two cents about the Material Mom in Maxim magazine: "Let's just say Madonna is someone I don't see eye-to-eye with. When I was married to my ex-wife [Tatum O'Neal] and she was married to Sean Penn, we all knew each other. Now when I look at her I think, 'She'll do anything to get what she wants.' I want to succeed, but I wouldn't go that far. Still, if someone says, 'Hey, Madonna wants to come on your show,' I'm not going to say no."

Well, that's awfully big of him, especially considering Madonna's been known to jet-propel ratings. And who's the one who wants to succeed?

Noted . . .

Expect to see Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the Democratic National Convention after all. Some criticisms flew earlier this week from various Dem-types when John Kerry released the names of several convention speakers -- Bill Clinton, Al Gore and others -- and New York's junior senator was not on the list. But now she'll have her turn at the podium when she introduces her husband . . . "Newlyweds" Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey want to start a family, the beautiful singing couple tells Us Weekly. But not tomorrow. "I don't think it will be in six months or a year, but after that," said the ditsy-but-lovable 24-year-old songstress, adding all too honestly: "Nick's getting old." Adoption is not out of the question, either. "We'd love to have our own children, but we have a heart for kids, and we'd love to adopt," said her aging husband (who's all of 30) . . . And "American Idol" Clay Aiken wants to teach you how to sing. Okay, maybe not, but the title of the book that he's just signed to write, due this fall (with help from writer Allison Glock), is "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life."

. . . and Quoted

"Her brother rang and I spoke to him. He talked about annulment. I didn't know what the word meant so I didn't say anything."

-- Britney Spears's ex-husband Jason Alexander, describing the end of his 55-hour marriage to the starlet, according to Britain's News of the World.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

John Edwards hasn't drunk a six-pack of beer in a long time, he told radio host Don Imus.John McEnroe and Madonna "don't see eye-to-eye," the tennis legend revealed.