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D.C. PERKS FURNISH LOTS OF FODDER FOR PRESS CORPS GALA

The elite of Washington's press corps hurled barbs at Democrats and Republicans alike Saturday night in the annual Gridiron Club musical revue.

Some of the best hits were saved for Congress - "the oldest established permanent floating con game in the land."The presidential candidates, the House banking scandal and the disappearing list of congressional perks provided plenty of fodder for the skits that entertained a long list of Washington dignitaries and notables.

President and Barbara Bush headed the list of invitees that included Cabinet secretaries, administration officials and members of Congress, the Supreme Court and the diplomatic community.

The Gridiron's members are 60 leading Washington journalists and a few non-journalists who have limited memberships by virtue of their musical skills, which gives the annual show its polish.

The club has been around for 107 years, and Bush is the 18th consecutive president to attend the gala. Benjamin Harrison attended his first show 100 years ago.