RUMORS….Here’s the latest from U.S. News & World Report’s Washington Whispers column:

The buzz among top Bushies is that beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales finally plans to depart and will be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Why Chertoff? Officials say he’s got fans on Capitol Hill, is untouched by the Justice prosecutor scandal, and has more experience than Gonzales did, having served as a federal judge and assistant attorney general.

This doesn’t seem very likely to me, but who knows? Stranger things have happened. What I’m really curious about, though, is whether or not anyone has ever plowed through, say, a year’s worth of Washington Whispers columns and figured out its track record for “buzz” items like this. Are they mostly true? Mostly bogus? Half and half? Should I even be paying attention to stuff like this?

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