- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2001

The last hope
"As Abraham Lincoln stated, our country represents the last best hope on Earth. We must re-establish the identity of America and hope among the peoples of the world if we are to merit that description, and by doing so, secure our world for generations to come."
House International Relations Committee Chairman Rep. Henry J. Hyde, Illinois Republican, at the start of yesterday's hearing on public diplomacy and the anti-terrorism campaign.

The new Hope
Wayne Newton has officially become the next Bob Hope.
"Wayne Newton epitomizes the patriotic and selfless support that America's sons and daughters in uniform should expect of the American people," says retired Army Gen. John H. Tilelli Jr., the USO's president and CEO.
Mr. Newton, a k a "Mr. Las Vegas," becomes chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle Tom Hanks, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones and Sherry Lansing among them that will entertain U.S. military troops overseas and stateside.
Says Mr. Hanks: "A new and profound need for the USO is upon us."

Stay put
The Immigration and Naturalization Service has a bit of good news for families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks whose immigrant or non-immigrant status was dependent on the victim.
Despite rumors stating otherwise, families of victims from more than 80 countries do not face immediate removal from the United States. There had been concern after a British woman feared removal after the loss of her husband in the New York attack.
In what INS Commissioner James W. Ziglar is now calling a case of "unfortunate timing," the woman received a "routine letter" from the INS about her husband's eligibility to remain in America. The INS was "unaware that the applicant was missing in the World Trade Center attack," he said.
All INS offices are now exercising what Mr. Ziglar calls "compassionate discretion" with families of those killed in the attacks.

Patriotic Max
Yes, that's Peter Max, the world-renowned artist whose expressionistic paintings of the Statue of Liberty and the American flag have become an annual July 4th tradition, who has created several posters to benefit families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In fact, Mr. Max tomorrow and Saturday will be visiting the Washington area's Wentworth Galleries, his first exhibit in the nation's capital in more than a decade. The Max exhibit is titled "From Pop to Patriotism."
"As an artist, I felt compelled to reach out and contribute my talents to help those in need," Mr. Max tells us. "The events of September 11 were astounding. I was shocked at the great loss of life and also moved and inspired by the great acts of heroism that followed. America is truly the land of the free and the home of the brave."
The artist says he will also be supporting President Bush through his art in the coming months and has already created projects for his hometown, New York City. One recipient is his good friend, New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
"I've always known Rudy Giuliani to be a great guy," says Mr. Max, "and now I'm glad all of America got to see what a great mayor he has been in dealing with this monumental tragedy."

Clinton's loose ends
We're told legal briefs will be filed next week with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that former President Bill Clinton should be disbarred.
The amicus briefs will be filed by the Atlanta-based Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF), the public-interest law firm that successfully pursued law-license sanctions in Arkansas against Mr. Clinton.
"We're working on them right now and hope to have them ready in a week or so," SLF President Phil Kent tells "Inside the Beltway."
"He is going to be disbarred. If he's not good enough for the Arkansas Bar, he's not good enough to practice before the Supreme Court."
Earlier, the Washington-based law firm Judicial Watch announced it also was filing a brief with the Supreme Court asking Mr. Clinton be permanently disbarred in light of scandalous misconduct while in office.
The Supreme Court is already moving in that direction. Last week, it suspended Mr. Clinton's privilege to practice law before the high court, paving the way to disbar him by Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kent tells us Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott will be the keynote speaker at the SLF's 25th anniversary gala on Oct. 27. The SLF will also present awards to "two patriots who were our favorite [Clinton] impeachment managers," Mr. Kent says Republican Reps. Bob Barr of Georgia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

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