John McCaslin

South Africa's post-apartheid architect, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will be the honored guest Friday evening as the Washington National Cathedral continues its centennial celebration by awarding the Nobel Peace laureate its first-ever Cathedral Prize for Advancement in Religious Understanding.

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Aaron Neville is scheduled to perform at the black-tie gala, along with the Washington National Cathedral choir.

It was 100 years ago that Bishop Henry Yates Satterlee laid the foundation stone for the cathedral at the corner of Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues, witnessed by a tremendous crowd of 30,000 that included President Theodore Roosevelt.

American sample

It's been 11 years since former New York Rep. Jack Kemp was the Republican vice presidential nominee, chosen to be the running mate of former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole in his long-odds bid to become president.

Tomorrow, Mr. Kemp will return to New Hampshire, this time to tell voters what the next president must do to restore America's leadership around the world.

He'll appear at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, which is bringing together a broad and diverse group of New Hampshire business, civic, political and academic leaders: Democrats, Republicans and independents who can't agree on foreign or domestic policy. In other words, a sampling of America.

Appearing with Mr. Kemp will be retired Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, former head of the U.S. Southern Command and White House drug czar under President Clinton.

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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