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That would be Bishop Harry Jackson, a Democrat, set to lead a group of left-leaning black pastors from around the country into senatorial offices today to show support for the Federal Marriage Amendment.

First stop: the office of Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat.

"We cannot sit idly by and let Democrat members we helped get elected in the past ignore the fact that the institution of marriage is suffering," explains the senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Maryland.


VENETIAN PERFORMANCE

The last time we caught up with music impresario Quincy Jones was in 1993, when he staged a spectacular concert to celebrate the inauguration of a little-known Arkansas politician who'd just been elected president: Bill Clinton.

The other night, the 73-year-old composer and filmmaker was back in town, making reservations for eight at Teatro Goldoni on K Street Northwest, where he no doubt felt at home amid the Venetian masks, theatrical lighting at the bar and stagelike kitchen starring chef Fabrizio Aielli.


'CLINTON' LEGACY

An unusual sighting this week on the White House South Lawn, where a staff member propped up Miss Beazley on her hind legs and had her wave (with one paw) at President and Mrs. Bush's motorcade.

Beazley Weazley, as the Scottish terrier is nicknamed, was the president's birthday present to Mrs. Bush in January 2005.

We're told the dog's favorite treat is a cheeseburger -- not surprising, considering Miss Beazley's father is none other than Clinton of Champion Motherwell Alberta Clipper.


GOVERNOR IN CHIEF

"Bush, after handling eight hurricanes and four tropical storms in 14 months in 2004 and 2005, has become the undisputed national leader in hurricane management. Imagine if he had been governor of Louisiana when Katrina hit last summer. Does anyone doubt that the recovery would have gone far, far better with Bush in charge?" - Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard, writing a glowing piece this week not about President Bush, but rather his little brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.


GUN MYTH

Don't tell anti-gun crusader Sarah Brady, but firearms sales in the United States remain on the rise - while, contrary to popular belief, gun-related crime, suicide and gun accidents are on the decline.

Figures released by the Treasury Department show that retail sales of firearms and ammunition rose almost 3 percent in 2005. All told, 4.7 million new guns were sold during this past year.


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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