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Edward Norton disses the prez, Ari Fleischer has groupies, and man bites dog! Plus: Naked cocktail party in London shocks no one.

Published April 22, 2003 6:17PM (EDT)

Edward Norton gives President Bush low grades as a conveyor of emotional truth: "As an actor I know in my mind, watching him, what a low-quality mind he has." His critique continues: "Because I've been doing this since I was 5 years old, I know when a person is saying words that aren't their own -- and it's apparent as it could possibly be to me that he's a mouthpiece, and not even a good mouthpiece. [Ronald] Reagan was a B-movie actor, but at least he had the ability to touch certain emotional notes. Bush is just utterly incapable of it." Actor's Studio has an opening, George. (Page Six)

It was 160 nude butts and they called it art! New York artist Spencer Tunick asked people to take off their tunics and lie down naked for him as an installation piece for the opening of the Saatchi Gallery in London last week. Not only did they comply, but many joined the cocktail party afterward, still sans clothing. Where to put the napkins? (Guardian)

Bye-bye, Felice ... Songwriter Felice Bryant, who co-wrote such huge hits as "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie" with her husband Boudleaux, has left us at age 77. She co-wrote 800 songs recorded by more than 500 singers that accounted for about $500 million in sales. But who's counting, when you can write songs like "Love Hurts," made famous by Roy Orbison. We hope he's singing to her right now. (Ananova)

Gay rights groups are asking that Sen. Rick Santorum be removed from his position in the GOP Senate leadership. In discussing a pending Supreme Court case over a Texas sodomy law, Santorum said to the AP: "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything." Santorum's explanation of that mouthful should be as amazing as the statement itself. Stay tuned. (Washington Post)

We cringe as we write this, but it seems White House spokesman Ari Fleischer has gaggles of women fans who see him as a heartthrob. Fox News reports that his fans call him "damned hot," "cute and intelligent," and "eloquent and trustable!" A quick visit to the Ari Fan Club, which is part of, yields lots of similar-sounding exclamations of love! And at the bottom of the page is this statement, possibly a warning to overheated bald-Republican lovers everywhere to keep it clean: "All emails sent to are monitored by the U.S. Government."

Well, they tell you in journalism class that the classic definition of news is "Man Bites Dog," but what is it called when a man bites a police dog? Seems a man was asked to leave a Syracuse, N.Y., tavern Saturday night and got into a fight with bouncers. When an officer and his dog arrived, the man choked and bit the poor canine until the officer punched him in the face to make him stop. We think the dog showed amazing restraint. (USA Today)

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By Karen Croft

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