SOON-TO-BE FREE AGENT Alex (Photo: Getty) • As expected: Cynthia Rodriguez's lawyers say their client will cite a "long period of infidelity on the part of Mr. Rodriguez" when she files for divorce today, and that A-Rod's "relationship with Madonna was the latest situation in a series of events" that put the marriage on the rocks. Madonna continues to deny it all.
• Unbalanced: Further suggesting senility, John McCain is expected to promise today that he'll balance the federal budget by the end of his first term in office. His campaign says, "The McCain administration would reserve all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations in the fight against Islamic extremists for reducing the deficit. Since all their costs were financed with deficit spending, all their savings must go to deficit reduction."
• Opening up: Speaking at the G8 summit, President Bush defended his decision to attend China's opening ceremonies, saying he didn't want to offend the Chinese people and can never pass up the opportunity to see some kick-ass ribbon dancing.
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