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Lohan and Clinton, the USO tour? Olbermann gets spanked by ADL. Plus: Mel's arrest tapes? Don't hold your breath!


Salon Staff
August 9, 2006 5:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Lindsay's war tour with Hillary? According to Lindsay Lohan, she and Sen. Hillary Clinton had plans to travel to Iraq together to entertain American troops there. "I've been trying to go to Iraq with Hillary Clinton for so long. Hillary was trying to work it out, but it seemed too dangerous," she says in an interview in the September issue of Elle. Lohan said she was inspired by Marilyn Monroe's USO work, and that she'd planned to prep for the trip by taking shooting lessons with her bodyguard. Contacted by the Associated Press, a spokesman in Clinton's office had another version of the story: "It was suggested to [Lohan] that if she wanted to go, she could pursue doing so through the USO." (Associated Press)

Olbermann's Nazi salute: MSNBC talking head Keith Olbermann has made the "Sieg Heil" salute a standing part of his routine making fun of Bill O'Reilly -- most visibly at the recent Television Critics Association meeting -- but not everyone is laughing. Last week, the Anti-Defamation League sent him an open letter asking him to retire the joke: "While we understand that your aim is to entertain your audience by taking pot shots at Mr. O'Reilly, your repeated use of the Nazi salute has resulted in many complaints from our constituents, including Holocaust survivors and their families who find the use of this gesture offensive and repugnant in any context ... In light of these concerns, we hope that you will reconsider your use of the Nazi salute in the future." (ADL.org)

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The mystery of the Gibson tapes to remain a mystery: If you were hoping to hear the audio or see any of the footage shot during Mel Gibson's DUI arrest in Malibu, Calif., don't hold your breath. The Los Angeles sheriff's department has said the tapes will not become a part of the public record. TMZ, which first broke the Gibson story, requested copies of the tapes, but was told they must remain sealed. Still, TMZ's Harvey Levin said there is a chance the tapes could come out: "It could go to trial, and if it does, the tapes would become evidence." (Watch a parody of what the arrest tape might look like here.) (Associated Press)

Suri snapped for VF? Sources tell Page Six that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' baby, Suri, has already had her first photo shoot, but the pictures won't be published until sometime this fall, when they're slated to appear in Vanity Fair. The shoot was allegedly done by celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz, but reps for both the magazine and Cruise had no comment. (Page Six)

Also:
Improbable as it seems, Kate Moss may be back together with Pete Doherty. (Sky Showbiz) ... Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. posted a 19 percent surge in net profit for its most recent quarter, for a total gain of $852 million. (Yahoo! News) ... Daniel Baldwin has a role in the next and final season of "The Sopranos" -- he'll play himself, brought in to star in a gangster/horror flick described as "'Saw' Meets 'Godfather 2.'" (E! Online) ... It's a trifecta of MTV reality-TV-star breakups: Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler of "Meet the Barkers" are divorcing, while "Laguna Beach" star Kristin Cavallari split with boyfriend Brody Jenner and Lauren Conrad (of "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills") dumped Jason Wahler (also from "Laguna Beach"). (People) ... Sanrio is releasing a Paris Hilton version of Hello Kitty, with blond hair, blue eyes and a tiny little dog, available only in Japan. (TMZ) ... Dennis Miller is headed back to TV: He'll join Fox News in the fall as a contributor on "Hannity & Colmes." (Associated Press)

Money Quote:
Uma Thurman's start-up Web company idea: "Wouldn't it be funny if there were a celebrity online dating service for all the lost and lonely socially inept celebrities who don't know how to meet anybody?" (3 a.m. Girls)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
"South Park" (Comedy Central, 10 p.m. EDT) reairs the 2004 Mel Gibson episode, "The Passion of the Jew" (watch an excerpt here), while "Last Comic Standing" (NBC, 8 p.m. EDT) and "Dog Bites Man" (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m. EDT) have their season enders, and on "30 Days" (FX, 10 p.m. EDT), Morgan Spurlock sends an atheist to live with a family of evangelical Christians in Texas. Also, "MythBusters" (Discovery, 9 p.m. EDT) tackles the Internet-fueled mystery of why dropping Mentos in Diet Coke makes an explosion.

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On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Warren Jeffs and the FLDS church are discussed
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Jonathan Schell, Spike Lee
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Kate Hudson, Patrice O'Neal (repeat)
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Mariska Hargitay, Ashley Tisdale, Todd Snider
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Heidi Klum, Justin Long, Sonic Youth
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Tim Olyphant, Lindsay Sloane, Editors
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Terrell Owens, Rainn Wilson, Rascal Flatts (repeat)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Craig Glenday
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Alexandra Robbins

-- Lamar Clarkson

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