THE CAPITOL'S NEWEST ODD COUPLE

During the State of the Union speech this week, television viewers will see a familiar Capitol Hill tableau: a sober-faced Newt Gingrich sitting behind Bill Clinton. But the more intriguing and unfamiliar pairing will be up in the balcony, where Gingrich's wife Marianne will be sitting with country star Travis Tritt, Joan Shalikashvili, wife of the general, and...Jesse Jackson. Last week Newt extended an invitation to his ideological opposite to sit in the Gingrich family box in the Speaker's gallery, and it was accepted. The unlikely twosome have been communing since Gingrich's opening-day speech to the House, where the Speaker addressed...

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