Rove, Rudy and Britney spotted in Dallas

Spotted Thursday: Karl Rove in the lobby of the Rosewood Crescent Court Hotel. According to hotel staff, Rove is a regular at the Crescent, often traveling to Dallas from his Washington home in order to consult on local political races. He’s also a good tipper.

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Friday sighting: former New York City mayor and possible gubernatorial candidate Rudy Giuliani, also in the lobby of the Crescent. Rudy was reportedly in town to watch his hometown New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night (much to the dismay of another pol in the stadium for the game: Cowboys fan and former President George W. Bush).

Seen on Saturday: Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), at the Highland Park Methodist Church. The Houston congressman was one of approximately 300 guests who gathered in Dallas for the weekend-long wedding of Culberson’s legislative director, Jeff Morehouse, and GOP fundraiser Ashlee Reid.

Both Texas natives, Reid and Morehouse met on Capitol Hill and have been dating for nearly three years. Among the wedding guests: House Minority Whip Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRepublicans eager to take on Spanberger in Virginia Virginia emerging as ground zero in battle for House majority McAuliffe's loss exposes deepening Democratic rift MORE’s (R-Va.) director of coalitions, Jeff Burton; DuPont lobbyist Jeff Pannozzo; Rep. Mark Souder’s (R-Ind.) chief of staff, Renee Howell, with Rep. John Carter’s (R-Texas) chief of staff, Richard Hudson; BNSF lobbyist Ashley Basquin Cavossa; Dickstein Shapiro’s Allison Shulman; and Jill Dowell of America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Seen Sunday: Rebounding pop star Britney Spears, who performed live in Dallas on Friday night at the American Airlines Center. Spears was spotted in the lobby of the Crescent on Sunday, but her longtime bodyguard, the 6-foot-6-inch “Tiny,” could be found at the hotel’s cafe every morning.

ITK also paid a visit to the National Cowgirls Museum in Fort Worth, where tucked in among the rhinestones and saddles were a pair of custom-made ostrich boots belonging to the upper chamber’s original cowgirl: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas).


Hatch: No hard feelings for Kennedy snub


Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchLobbying world Congress, stop holding 'Dreamers' hostage Drug prices are declining amid inflation fears MORE (R-Utah) says he’s not offended that Sen. Edward Kennedy’s memoir doesn’t mention him.

Hatch, who wrote a song for Kennedy after the Massachusetts Democrat was diagnosed with brain cancer, was very close to Kennedy. Hatch said in 2008 that Kennedy was like a brother to him.

But Hatch is not referenced in Kennedy’s 532-page book, True Compass, which was released last week. It did, however, give a shout-out to Republican Sens. Kit Bond of Missouri, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziLobbying world Cheney on same-sex marriage opposition: 'I was wrong' What Republicans should demand in exchange for raising the debt ceiling MORE of Wyoming, as well as several former Republican senators.

Hatch said he’s “glad” he’s not in the book. “I don’t think he was concentrating on bipartisanship in the book, I think he was concentrating on telling his Democratic story,” Hatch said. “He was writing what really is a partisan book. And I don’t mean ‘partisan’ in a bad sense, but he wanted to write about his Democratic ideas. And if he starts splitting it with me, it would make a difference. So I don’t have any problem with it.”


Trader Joe’s to Capitol Hill? Not yet


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There was plenty of buzz that a new Trader Joe’s outlet could be headed to Capitol Hill, but those hopes were dealt a blow last week when the city picked a different developer for a key site.

A development group that will refurbish Hine Junior High School, which sits between Eastern Market and Pennsylvania Avenue, has not had discussions with the California-based chain. But, a spokesman said, no plans are finalized.

Last week, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) announced that a partnership led by Washington-based companies Stanton Development Corp. and EastBanc would lead the project, bypassing another group that had proposed moving Trader Joe’s into the space.

Instead, the new site is expected to have more than 200,000 square feet of office space — including the consolidated offices of the Shakespeare Theater Co. — and new apartments on the Eighth Street side.

A spokesman for EastBanc cautioned that the first tenant in the redeveloped space will not move in for several years, and said they have not held discussions with Trader Joe’s.

The store would be slightly larger than what the partnership laid out in its plans, but if Trader Joe’s approaches the winning bidders, they would have a discussion, the spokesman said.

A spokeswoman for Trader Joe’s sought to end the rumors, telling ITK, “A Capitol Hill location is not in our two-year plan at this time.”


Dan Brown gets lost in The Lost Symbol


Best-selling author Dan Brown’s new novel, The Lost Symbol, is set in Washington, and in it, he gives the city plenty of love. So much so, that the book will likely draw tourists to the nation’s capital in hopes of finding hidden Masonic imagery. Maybe the author himself will even take a tour around D.C.!

In fact, judging by the questionable D.C. geography in the 509-page tome, a tour might be just what Brown needs. ITK encountered the following head-scratchers in The Lost Symbol.

As the main character, Robert Langdon, flies in to Washington in the opening pages, he glimpses the Washington Monument, which he describes as the world’s tallest Egyptian obelisk-type structure. All true, until he lands at Dulles International Airport. Anyone who has flown into Dulles knows you’d have trouble spotting the monument from the air, given that it’s more than 22 miles away.

Then, mere pages later — don’t worry, we’re not giving away any plot twists — Langdon’s car speeds over the Memorial Bridge en route to the Capitol. Langdon looks to his left, across the Tidal Basin, and spots the “gracefully rounded silhouette” of the Jefferson Memorial.

Nice prose. But looking left off the Memorial Bridge while heading into D.C. from Virginia would give one a better view of the Watergate, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown, all to the north. The Jefferson is south of the bridge, requiring Langdon to turn right to see it.

Regardless, ITK recommends picking the book up. It’s a good read.