Political Panorama: Wednesday

Giuliani Event: Actor-comedian Adam Sandler was among the industry figures at former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s crowded fund raiser Monday night at the home of Bill Simon, with the prospective 2008 candidate offering much talk about security and Iraq, as well as getting ahead of the caustic political climate.

375043638_7986e253a7Biden Announces: Sen. Joe Biden is officially in the race for President, and already is raising hackles for comments he’s made about Hillary Clinton. He called her Iraq plan a “disaster” but otherwise offering praise to her and the other star candidate in the field, Barack Obama. “I’m the 800th candidate,” Biden joked. He too, is making his first pitch via web video, and plans to follow up his announcement with an appearance tonight on “The Daily Show.”

Feting the 110th: Tonight in D.C. the non-partisan Creative Coalition throws what is called the “Welcome Back Celebration: A Tribute to the 110th Congress,” with celebs expected to include Joe Pantoliano, Heather Graham and Alan Cumming, among others, and politicos like Rep. Mary Bono, Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. John Dingell, Sen. Max Baucus and Sen. Frank Lautenberg. This afternoon, Margaret Carlson moderates a luncheon panel called the “Power of Energy,” with Sen. Byron Dorgan, Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Anthony Weiner and the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund.

More Internet Video: The New York Times weighs in on the whole Internet video phenomenon and looks at how the Clinton campaign managed to overcome the webvideo of Hillary’s off-key singing of the National Anthem over the weekend from becoming too much of a distraction. Says Howard Wolfson, one of her advisers: “Senator Clinton’s candidacy is not premised on her ability to carry a tune.”

Bening on Arnold: After campaigning with husband Warren Beatty against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bevy of propositions in 2005, Annette Bening says she’s encouraged by the governor’s bipartisanship. Bening, a member of the California Arts Council, was pressing for more state funding for the arts. “The thing about us is, we don’t need a lot. We can do so much with so little.” She’s uncommitted in the 2008 presidential race.

Weather Channel Bias?: At Tuesday’s Senate hearing on climate change, Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (R-Calif.) predecessor as chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a global warming skeptic, reacted to all of the dire predictions with the statement, “We all know the Weather Channel would like to have people afraid all the time.” Fox News also has charged the channel with hyping the scare.

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