John McCaslin

Political game

Out to raise some cash for the Democratic Party, Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos is inviting select baseball fans — those with big wallets — to join him and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean in the owner's box at Camden Yards on Wednesday night, when the slumping Birds take on the New York Yankees.

Becoming a game "chair" will cost you $28,500; a "host" pays $5,000; or come as yourself for a mere $1,000.

To tell the truth

Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia refers to his group of fellow lawmakers as "The Truth Squad," which endeavors to come to the House floor to "shed a little light, a little truth, a little honesty on the matters that are discussed here."

This week, he says, the squad had a "fascinating time" telling the truth, bringing to light one of their favorite quotes, which happens to come from a Democrat, the late New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

"Senator Moynihan said that everyone's entitled to their own opinion but no one's entitled to their own facts."

Creating friends

Funeral services for longtime Washington PR-guru Hugh Newton will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at historic Christ Church on Washington Street in Alexandria (where both George Washington and Robert E. Lee worshipped).

Mr. Newton's widow, Joanne, asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the LaBeca Women's Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to women and girls in South America, Central America and the Caribbean ( ).

"He loved people and that's why so many from whatever political perspective loved him," notes Cal Thomas, a columnist, TV commentator and former neighbor of Mr. Newton's.

"I recall Hugh picking me up once on his boat when we both lived in Old Town. I can't recall a single thing we discussed, but for those few hours we were together on the trip to Mount Vernon and back, I do recall the joy of true male friendship and fellowship."

"Hugh Newton was one of the finest persons I've had the privilege to work with," agrees Jim Martin, president of the 60 Plus Association, where Mr. Newton became a part-time consultant in 2001 after his retirement from counsel for the Heritage Foundation.

"[I]t seems like only yesterday during Hugh's first days with us that some staffers came to me to complain at how loud Hugh's old-style Remington typewriter was, the racket a direct contrast with today's ultra-quiet computers. I replied, 'Leave Hugh alone, he's creating.'"

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John McCaslin

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

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