- The Washington Times - Friday, June 22, 2007

Subpoena showdown

President Bush headed toward a showdown with the Senate over his domestic spying program, Reuters news agency reported yesterday. Lawmakers approved subpoenas for documents that the White House declared off-limits.

“The information the committee is requesting is highly classified and not information we can make available,” White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the subpoenas by a 13-3 vote. They may be issued within days.

The short of it

The New York Post’s John Podhoretz has a notion about the potential candidacy of a certain New Yorker.

“God loves Michael Bloomberg,” Mr. Podhoretz said yesterday. “But our mayor will be stretching the limits of what the Almighty can do for him if he runs for president of the United States and harbors even a mild hope of winning the office. First, there is the most superficial aspect of the presidency to consider. Bloomberg is a giant in every way except for the vertical. Literally: Our mayor is 5-foot-7.

“Sorry, Mr. Mayor, but presidents in the television era, with one exception, are tall. George Bush is just shy of 6 feet. So was Richard Nixon. John Kennedy stood 6 feet. Ronald Reagan was 6-foot-1. Bush’s father and Bill Clinton are 6-foot-2. Lyndon Johnson was 6-foot-3½.

“Only Jimmy Carter scraped the sky at 5-foot-9 — and look what happened when he was president. You might say Americans have refused to stoop so low ever since.”

Campaign message

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser founded the Arizona-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy in 2003 to articulate the ideas of “liberty-minded” moderate Muslims whose beliefs are in concert with American freedoms and citizenship.

“The American public has become increasingly attuned in recent months to terrorist threats after plots for violence at Fort Dix and JFK Airport were foiled, underscoring the fact that homeland security is still the No. 1 campaign issue for 2008,” Dr. Jasser said during a meeting with The Washington Times editorial staff yesterday.

“This awareness is something for candidates on both sides of the aisle to keep in mind: The American voter is yearning for clarity, for strong, defining language about this threat. Those who aspire to be in the White House need to consider,” he said. “And if the left ever gets educated about it all, you’ll see the Michael Moores of the world running from the imams, not embracing them.”

Gaffney avenged

“ABG Films is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) that will bring to an end the suppression of ‘Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center’ by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS),” said Frank Gaffney and Martyn Burke, producers of the documentary, which was funded and produced with taxpayer dollars but never made it to the air.

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