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GOP frosh headaches, escorts are the pride of Colombia, and McCaskill’s a ‘pain’ (read-this roundup)

House GOP leadership struggled with the freshman class, a book reports. (Chip Somodevilla/GETTY IMAGES)

Freshman amok — The House freshman class created by the 2010 midterms was the object of worry for senior Republicans, according to a new book. In Robert Draper’s “Do Not Ask What Good We Do,” more senior lawmakers called the upstarts a “monster,” and feared they’d rebel, our colleague Paul Kane reports.

Prostitutes everywhere — It’s no wonder that members of the Secret Service visited prostitutes in Colombia—the sex trade is practically everywhere, reports our colleague Bill Booth. “It is normal, no? These are our beauty queens,”says one restaurant owner of the country’s escorts.

Pain in the neck — Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is boasting about being difficult — in an effort to sell herself as independent of her party. “If the president were to come to Missouri. . .he’d be the first one to tell Missourians that I can be a real pain,” she said, according to our colleague Rosalind Helderman.

Stars align — The celebrity guest list for the White House Correspondents Dinner this weekend is shaping up. Our colleagues at the Reliable Source report the boldface guests include some Washington regulars like George Clooney, as well as some “slightly fresher A-list faces expected this weekend: Reese Witherspoon and Viola Davis (with the Daily Beast), Diane Keaton (with People), Daniel Day-Lewis (with Huffington Post) and Martha Stewart (with USA Today).”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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