IF things seem to be the usual...

THE BALTIMORE SUN

IF things seem to be the usual mess in the nation's Capitol, it may be helpful to remember these words of President John F. Kennedy, in a speech during his first year in the White House:

"When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were."

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REP. Kweisi Mfume, who recently stepped down as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is on the cover of a national magazine this month. Is this in recognition of his work on Capitol Hill? No, it's because he and actress Lynn Whitfield are a hot item.

The beaming lawmaker and Ms. Whitfield -- both in formal dress -- are featured on the cover and inside this month's issue of Ebony magazine, under the headline: "10 HOTTEST COUPLES."

It seems that "Washington hasn't stopped buzzing" since Mr. Mfume brought the actress to the White House state dinner for South African President Nelson Mandela and the Congressional Black Caucus dinner last year, according to the magazine.

Ms. Whitfield won an Emmy for her starring role in HBO's "Josephine Baker Story."

Other "star" couples who share the cover are actress Halle Berry and her husband, Atlanta Braves' David Justice; actor Blair Underwood and his new wife, Desiree DaCosta; and actor Laurence Fishburne and his steady, actress Victoria Dillard.

The only other politician featured in the article is Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and his bride, Cora.

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