- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2000

Threat to high-tech

"While Joel Klein and his Justice Department lawyers were publicly and distastefully celebrating [U.S. District] Judge [Thomas Penfield] Jackson's decision, the market capitalization of Microsoft was dropping by more than $100 billion. That's not some theoretical figure. It's a loss in real wealth in many cases, in retirement savings of more than 2 million direct shareholders of Microsoft and of tens of millions more who have substantial holdings of Microsoft in their mutual funds and annuities," James K. Glassman writes in the Wall Street Journal.
"But Microsoft is only part of the story. The Nasdaq carnage has been wide-ranging. And why not? The Internet intervention of government, often in league with trial lawyers, threatens every high-tech firm in America."

No waffling

Pollster John Zogby, speaking earlier this week on the radio network program "What Washington Doesn't Want You to know," told host Jane Chastain that it is "imperative" for Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the likely Republican presidential nominee, to choose a running mate who is pro-choice on the abortion issue.
However, when Miss Chastain suggested such a move would turn off conservatives, Mr. Zogby insisted that even such pro-life leaders as James Dobson and Pat Robertson would go along in the interests of victory.
Well, Mr. Dobson, given a chance to respond on the same program the next day, said, "John Zogby is dead wrong."
"Never again, as long as I live, will I cast a single vote for anyone who would kill an innocent child," Mr. Dobson said, adding, "If George W. Bush begins to waffle on abortion … we'll be stuck with Al Gore for the next four years because people just won't vote."

Long Beach wins

Reform Party leaders overwhelmingly rejected Pat Buchanan's bid to move the party's nominating convention from Long Beach, Calif., to Nashville, Tenn.
"It's for sure in Long Beach," convention Chairman Gerry Moan said Thursday.
The issue arose last month after party Chairman Pat Choate and the Buchanan camp became concerned that the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center had also booked a big religious conference the same week, and that there might not be enough hotel rooms available in the area.
Bay Buchanan, Pat's sister and campaign manager, told the Associated Press last week that the campaign preferred Nashville for logistical reasons as well as its "middle America" image.
But the majority of the party's 11-member executive committee disagreed. Seven of the panel's members voted for Long Beach, with Mr. Choate abstaining and three absent.
Mr. Moan and other party leaders who asked not to be named said they preferred Long Beach for a variety of reasons. Politically, California is home to 9 million registered independents, Mr. Moan said, and 11 percent of the party's delegates.
In addition, Reform Party leaders are betting that the location will draw more news coverage, since the Democrats are holding their nominating convention the following week in Los Angeles.

McCain stars in ad

New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's campaign Thursday released his first U.S. Senate ad to air across the entire state, using footage of his appearances with Sen. John McCain in hopes of wooing the same voters that backed the Arizona senator's maverick presidential bid.
The ad marks the first time the Giuliani campaign has played to television audiences in New York City and its suburbs, regions that gave strong support to Mr. McCain in the state primary last month.
Mr. McCain stumped for Mr. Giuliani earlier this week in the suburbs, his first campaign appearance since dropping out of the presidential contest, and the Giuliani campaign wasted little time transforming images from their joint events into the ad that will air beginning today, Reuters reports.
Showing the two men riding a bus and campaigning together, the ad describes Mr. McCain as "an authentic American hero dedicated to integrity and reform" and Mr. Giuliani "an authentic New York leader."
Both are "dedicated to replacing fear with optimism, intolerance with understanding, insincerity with truth," it says.

Family feud

A Titanic feud has erupted between the White House and ABC News over whether actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio came to the White House last week to interview the president or look at the weather stripping, Reuters reports.
ABC News is angry because Mr. Clinton, it says, ignored the network's plans to have Mr. DiCaprio and a camera crew receive a "tour" of White House weather stripping, low-energy light bulbs and other environmental improvements for a special show related to Earth Day this month.
Instead, ABC says, Mr. Clinton sat down with the superstar actor and answered questions about the environment.
When news of the session spread and reportedly made ABC's reporters angry about the use of celebrities as journalists, ABC denied that Mr. DiCaprio and Mr. Clinton had planned a formal interview. That ruffled feathers at the White House, which insists the president came prepared for an interview and that is what he gave.
Both sides were sticking to their stories Thursday, reporter Randall Mikkelsen writes.
"I'm firmly convinced, based on my own personal involvement in this, and based on what I've been told by my staff, since I was out of town, that it was an interview," White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, a day after he called ABC to try to iron out their differences.
ABC spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said, "Whether we're ever going to be in complete agreement with the White House is a question I can't answer."
She said even though the producers expected Mr. Clinton to answer questions, a formal interview was not the point.
Mr. DiCaprio appears to be siding with the White House.
"Why were we preparing questions almost nonstop for 24 hours before the actual interview?" said Mr. DiCaprio's spokesman, Ken Sunshine. Mr. Clinton "wanted to sit, so he sat."

Not fair, FAIR says

The Federation for American Immigration Reform on Wednesday protested a press release from Michigan Sen. Spencer Abraham that described FAIR as a "hate group."
The group has been running a series of ads in opposition to the Republican senator's stance in favor of allowing more technology workers to come to the United States from other countries.
"In attacking the Federation for American Immigration Reform as a 'hate group,' Abraham not only impugned the character of tens of thousands of Americans who are members of FAIR, but some highly respected public figures who serve on the organization's board of directors and advisers," the group said in a prepared statement.
Former Sens. Eugene McCarthy, Minnesota Democrat, and Walter Huddleston, Kentucky Democrat, serve on the group's board, as does former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm.

Next Ventura opus

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's forthcoming book will be titled "Do I Stand Alone? Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals," the governor's literary agent told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"Basically, it's his political philosophy and what we need to do to make things better," said agent Ken Atchity.
The project, which is scheduled for publication in September by Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster Audio, began with a working title of "Who Makes Up Your Mind?"
Last month, Mr. Ventura was quoted as saying it would be called "I Stand Alone."
Mr. Atchity's version is apparently the last word.
Mr. Ventura's first literary effort, the autobiographical "I Ain't Got Time to Bleed," was published last year.
It spent 13 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and has more than 200,000 copies in print.

No crazy lefties here

President Clinton Thursday declared that Hillary Rodham Clinton is not "a left-wing crazy."
During an interview with Dan Rather of CBS, Mr. Clinton stood by his earlier characterization of New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's U.S. Senate campaign as "a right-wing venom machine."
Thursday, the president complained about Giuliani aide "Richard Viguerie doing this venomous mailing, talking about what a left-wing crazy my wife is."
Mr. Clinton said the Giuliani campaign is resorting to "hard-core, right-wing stuff, the kind of stuff we saw Governor Bush do to Senator McCain in South Carolina."
Mr. Rather concluded the White House interview by saying: "Tell the first lady hello for us."
"I will," the president replied.

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