- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 23, 2000

Hello, Rachel

We have a name for the woman who stripped off her shirt after President Clinton signed it Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Rachel Bennett, 22, of Queensbury, N.Y., just wanted to share a "comical moment" with Mr. Clinton when she pulled off her yellow T-shirt, state police Capt. Peter W. Person told staff writer Reggie Beehner of the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post Star.
"It was done as a joke," Capt. Person told the Post Star, which reported that its "repeated attempts … to contact Bennett were unsuccessful."
Capt. Person said Miss Bennett "had been drinking alcoholic beverages" before the episode.

'Guaranteed' loser

Even as the Gore campaign gloats over its post-convention poll "bounce," Democratic Party activists are skeptical about the vice president's "us against them" class-warfare theme, according to Steve and Cokie Roberts.
In their New York Daily News column yesterday, the Robertses report bumping into an activist at the Los Angeles convention who said of Mr. Gore's acceptance speech: "Wrong time, wrong message."
Al From of the Democratic Leadership Council told the Robertses, "A redistributionist appeal doesn't work any more. This is a different country. Attacking oil companies and pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies will not win elections, I guarantee you."

It's true

Paul Fray, the former Clinton campaign operative who said Hillary Rodham Clinton used an anti-Semitic slur in 1974 has passed a lie-detector arranged by the New York Post.
"There's no doubt in my mind that Mr. Fray is truthful," polygrapher Jeff Hubanks told the Post.
Those results were confirmed by Richard Keifer, a former head of the FBI's polygraph unit, who reviewed the findings for the Post.

High-speed Gore

Vice President Al Gore's son could lose his privilege to drive in North Carolina if convicted of reckless driving in a court case in September, state officials told the Raleigh News & Observer.
Albert Arnold Gore III, 17, faces charges of speeding and reckless driving after being stopped Aug. 12 in coastal Currituck County by a highway patrol trooper. The case is scheduled to be tried in Currituck County District Court on Sept. 13.
Highway Patrol Sgt. A.C. Joyner said Trooper Michael Conwell charged Albert III with traveling 97 mph in a 55-mph zone about six miles north of Currituck, N.C.
Tom Anglim, a prosecutor in Currituck County, said conviction could result in revocation of driving privileges. He told the News & Observer the sentence will be up to a judge, who will review other factors, including Albert III's prior driving record.

Language 'massacre'

Texas Gov. George W. Bush "took a Texas chainsaw to the English language Monday night," reports Randall Mikkelsen of Reuters news agency.
In a 16-minute speech at a fund-raiser in Des Moines, Iowa, the Republican presidential candidate performed a "linguistic massacre" making a series of "bloopers."
"When we carry Iowa in November, it'll mean the end of four years of Clinton-Gore," Mr. Bush told the gathering of more than 2,000 Republicans.
Expressing support for free trade, Mr. Bush pledged he would "work to end terrors tariffs and barriers everywhere, across the world."
Despite such "fumbles," as Mr. Mikkelsen called them, Mr. Bush said he was confident of victory Nov. 7: "We're talking about issues in a way that the American people can understand."

Risky scheme?

"One estimate, by the National Taxpayers Union, puts the dollar size of Mr. Gore's new spending at more than $2 trillion over 10 years enough to take up the entire non-Social Security surplus without anything left over for tax cuts," Bruce Bartlett of the National Center for Policy Analysis wrote in the New York Times yesterday.
Mr. Bartlett added: "Even the lowest estimates in the press put the figure at well over $1 trillion, with Mr. Gore's tax cuts reducing the surplus by an additional $500 billion."

Bunning recovering

Sen. Jim Bunning, Kentucky Republican, is back home in Southgate, Ky., after undergoing surgery to remove his gall bladder and a benign tumor.
Mr. Bunning was released Monday from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where surgery was performed Aug. 15, his office said in a statement.
After attending the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Mr. Bunning, 68, underwent a medical evaluation that found he had an inflamed gall bladder and a benign mass on his left adrenal gland.

More privilege claims

The Clinton-Gore administration has again cited executive privilege to keep a former White House counsel from testifying under oath, a conservative public-interest law firm said yesterday.
"Mark Lindsay … was instructed by his Clinton-Gore Justice Department lawyer not to testify whether he had discussed the alleged e-mail cover-up with President Clinton when Clinton-Gore Justice Department lawyers invoked executive privilege," according to a news release from Judicial Watch.
The group said U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth honored the claim for now, pending further court hearings.
Mr. Lindsay has been accused by some Northrop Grumman workers of threatening them with jail if they talked about missing White House e-mails.

Lazio cleared

The Securities and Exchange Commission closed an investigation of Rep. Rick Lazio's option trading yesterday with no action taken against the congressman, the Associated Press reports.
"This is to advise you that the above-captioned inquiry has been terminated, and that no enforcement action has been recommended to the commission," said a one-paragraph letter to Mr. Lazio from Dorothy Heyl, a senior trial counsel with the SEC in New York City.
Mr. Lazio, New York Republican, is battling Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton for a U.S. Senate seat.
The SEC probe began in June after New York state Comptroller H. Carl McCall, a Democrat and supporter of Mrs. Clinton's candidacy, asked the SEC to look into news accounts of Mr. Lazio's stock option trading profits.
All four members of the SEC were appointed by President Clinton, and the Lazio campaign had accused the Clinton administration of "using government bureaucracies to attack their political opponents."

'Sellout' selling out

Former congressional investigator David Schippers' new book, "Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton's Impeachment," raced to the No. 9 ranking on Amazon.com in just its second day of release, Regnery Publishing reports.

Like father, like son

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said Monday he thinks his eldest son, Housing Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo, will run for governor of New York in 2002.
But the elder Mr. Cuomo said that "unless Andrew is lying to me," his son has not yet completely committed to running.
"It looks to me like he would run, but he has not committed and he is smart not to," the former governor told the Associated Press.

Get a room

Jay Leno, on NBC's "Tonight Show," talking about the kiss between Vice President Al Gore and his wife at the Democratic National Convention:
"A lot of analysts say that Al Gore's acceptance speech the other night hit a home run. Which I can understand, the way he kissed Tipper half way to third base right there."

Robert Stacy McCain can be reached at 202/636-3249 or by e-mail at mccain@twtmail.com.

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