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Friday, November 19, 2004

Hey, ho! Let's go!

Only in Washington moment #349: Last night I'm at the Hungarian Embassy, listening to the Hungarian ambassador participate in a two-person panel discussion with Tommy Ramone, the only surviving member of the Ramones, as they talked about how their rock'n'roll careers were shaped by growing up on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain. After the conclusion of discussion, the moderator -- a writer from Rolling Stone -- the ambassador, and a man in the audience formed a power trio and played several Ramones covers, with Tommy joining in at the end to do vocals on "Blitzkrieg Bop."

Then, the chairs were cleared for a wine-and-cheese reception.

Sen. Sam Brownback held a well-publicized hearing on pornography addiction yesterday, while in Wichita, his good friend U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren indicted 15 Kansans on child porn charges. Coincidence? ... White House political director Matt Schlapp, former chief of staff to Rep. Todd Tiahrt, could become the Freddie Mac's next chief lobbyist, the Hill reports. His pay would, uh, increase.