John McCaslin

"Three-quarters of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world would finish if people were to put on the shoes of their adversaries and understood their points of view," Indian philosopher Mahatma Gandhi once said.


Tickets are "sold out" for the Oprah Winfrey show to be broadcast live from the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts one day before President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office Jan. 20, but you can always watch the former Baltimore TV personality on the tube.

Miss Winfrey began her career as a reporter and co-anchor for Baltimore's WJZ-TV. According to her Black History biography, the station sent her to New York "for a beauty makeover, which Winfrey believes was her assistant news director's attempt to 'make her Puerto Rican.' She also attributes the makeover to an incident when she was told her 'hair's too thick, nose is too wide and chin's too big.' "

Miss Winfrey worked in Baltimore for seven years before moving to Chicago.


Closing the chapter on the 110th Congress, we call attention to those distinguished members who died in office:

Rep. Charlie Norwood, Georgia Republican - Feb. 13, 2007

Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, California Democrat - April 22, 2007

Sen. Craig Thomas, Wyoming Republican - June 4, 2007

Rep. Paul E. Gillmor, Ohio Republican - Sept. 5, 2007

Rep. Jo Ann Davis, Virginia Republican - Oct. 6, 2007

Rep. Julia Carson, Indiana Democrat - Dec. 15, 2007

Rep. Tom Lantos, California Democrat - Feb. 11, 2008

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Ohio Democrat - Aug. 20, 2008


Georgetown University's board of directors unanimously selected Paul Tagliabue to serve as the next board chairman. The 1962 Georgetown graduate and former commissioner of the National Football League from 1989 to 2006 will serve a three-year term starting July 1.

"He has engaged deeply in the university since his days as an undergraduate, and his leadership will be especially meaningful now to further our ongoing efforts to enhance Georgetown's mission at this critical time in history," university President John J. DeGioia says.

Before football, Mr. Tagliabue was a lawyer at Covington & Burling in Washington, and before that a policy analyst for the Pentagon.


Out of more than 1,300 applications it has received from groups wanting to march in the Presidential Inaugural Parade along Pennsylvania Avenue, the Presidential Inaugural Committee has selected, among the other lucky few, George Washington University's float design.

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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