- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The folks at AOL got some surprise guests at their company’s summer picnic and softball game Monday on Dulles Green in Virginia.

The Jonas Brothers, in town for their concert tonight at the Verizon Center, stopped by the gathering to play a little ball and get warmed up for their performance.

Dubbing themselves the Road Dogs, the Jonas Brothers, their road crew and the youngest Jonas brother, Frankie, who is not in the band but is known as the “Bonus Jonas,” went to bat against the AOL team, led by AOL Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong.

Our source tells us that Mr. Armstrong played catcher and got the wind knocked out of him by lead singer Nick Jonas as he slid into home plate.

The Road Dogs were triumphant, but in the end, everybody was a winner.

Our source tells us that the Jonas clan posed for pictures and signed autographs.

The Palin files

Just when you thought you’d heard every hypothesis in the book for Sarah Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska, Questlove, drummer for the hip-hop band the Roots, tosses in this “X Files”-ish theory.

“I personally believe that the [Republican National Committee] has something on her,” he confided to your lady spies. “I don’t know what it is, but I believe they told her if you continue to be the face of our party, we will expose you. I think they have something on her. I don’t know who’s behind it.”

Deep. Trust no one.

The Francophile

It’s Bastille Day, people.

We thought we would take a historical turn and dig up some Washington social dirt involving American-French diplomacy.

Picture it: The White House in the 1860s. Honest Abe is presiding over a country at war with itself and an expanding national budget to keep the Union Army strong.

Adding to his problems is that his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, is a notorious spendthrift.

According to Austin Hill, the author of “White House Confidential: The Little Book of Weird Presidential History,” Mrs. Lincoln had a field day preparing for the White House state dinner for Napoleon III, France’s Second Empire monarch.

Mrs. Lincoln spent lavishly on food, entertainment, decorations and, her personal favorite, sprucing up the White House gardens.

Mr. Hill says the total tab at the end of her spree was around $900, an exorbitant amount in those days.

In order to avoid the wrath of her husband, not to mention his political enemies, she had her handlers give the bill to the Department of the Interior, thinking it would get lost in the shuffle.

It didn’t, and it created a “huge embarrassment and scandal,” Mr. Hill relates. “All that to impress a Frenchman.”

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