Specter to Hollywood

That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

The Los Angeles Times’ Tina Daunt writes about an unexpected beneficiary of Hollywood’s Democratic money machine: Arlen Specter. Even though he’s now a Democrat, Janet and Jerry Zucker’s May 28 fund-raising luncheon for the Pennsylvania senator has turned into a hot ticket, Daunt says that Specter “may be the only Democrat ever feted by Hollywood with a 100% voting record from the Chamber of Commerce and an 86% score from the National Assn. of Manufacturers. You can’t make this stuff up.”

Call for Release:George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are among the notable figures who’ve signed a statement calling for the United Nations and international community to pressure the Burmese military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned on Thursday “to face criminal charges as part of a concerted plan to deny her freedom.” Suu Kyi is the head of Burma’s leading opposition party. The full statement is here.

Justice Oprah: CQ Politics blogger Keith Perine notes that a recent Fox News poll shows that one in four Democrats believe that Oprah Winfrey would make for a good Supreme Court justice.

RIP: The Tucson Citizen is ceasing publication. The afternoon daily (one of the very few left) is the latest victim of industry downsizing, and, as an intern alum circa 1988, gets a special shoutout from this column.

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