- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 22, 2007

Online gossiper TMZ.com recently announced it’s opening up shop in the District, trading in the sensational scoops of Hollywood for the, uh, not-so-sensational dish of the Beltway. Mark Foley’s instant-messaging aside, the nation’s capital, we think, is too confoundedly busy and boring to compete with La-La Land. Anyway, Godspeed, TMZ.com — but we think we’ll be settling for the likes of this:

‘Socks appeal’ — Our undercover sleuthing has revealed that at least one Supreme Court justices prefers knee-high socks under his or her robe. Code, perhaps, for the court’s much-vaunted swing vote?

‘Bobo-basher outed’ — Columnist David Brooks, the Washington-based New York Times columnist who frequently pokes fun at the lifestyle of affluent liberals, was seen scandalously sipping a soy-latte at a downtown Starbucks.

‘Some superhero’ — Former “Wonder Woman” star Lynda Carter pulled up to her tony Potomac home this week and revealed how ordinary she truly is: After an apparent trip to the grocery store, Miss Carter was seen carrying a box of tall kitchen bags, liquid dish detergent and two heads of romaine lettuce.

‘Can it, Chris’ — You think Chris Matthews talks too much on TV? Check out this clip, secretly filmed in the National Gallery of Art, in which the MSNBC host is lambasted by a Smithsonian tour guide who got tired of being interrupted.

‘Puff, the magic senator’ — Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, claims he quit smnoking. A TMZ.com spy, however, caught the presidential hopeful taking a desperate drag on a cigarette after an all-night session on the Senate floor.

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