John McCaslin

"My father was a Republican," declared Mr. Clyburn, when questioned by a reporter for the Orangeburg (S.C.) Times and Democrat about the "Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican" national billboard campaign launched by the National Black Republican Association (NBRA) in Orangeburg, the congressman's hometown.

"Representative Clyburn's stunning admission is a testament to the success of our billboard campaign thus far," reacts NBRA Chairman Frances Rice. "We are making great strides with recapturing the Republican Party's civil rights heritage and ... [finding] some signs of progress with our effort to get Democrats to apologize to blacks for the Democratic Party's horrendous racism."

Villa's poncho

Coming soon to a museum near you: J. Edgar Hoover's badge, John Dillinger's car and the collections of Poncho Villa and Jesse James.

In partnership with John Walsh, host of TV's "America's Most Wanted," Washington's newest museum — the National Museum of Crime & Punishment — unlocks its doors to the public May 23.

In fact, Mr. Walsh henceforth will tape his popular Fox network crime-fighting series at the museum's new, state-of-the-art studio. He also is co-hosting a grand opening reception for Washington VIPs to be held on the evening of May 22.

Spanning three floors, the museum is at 575 Seventh St. NW, between E and F streets.

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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