- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2007

Bush signs ethics reform into law

President Bush signed a bill yesterday that will require lawmakers to disclose more about their efforts to fund pet projects and raise money from lobbyists, a measure that backers call the biggest ethics reform in decades.

The new law will require lawmakers seeking targeted spending projects, or earmarks, to divulge their plans in advance. Lawmakers and political committees must identify lobbyists who raise $15,000 or more for them within a six-month period by bundling campaign donations from many people.

The law, drafted by congressional Democrats in response to lobbying scandals that landed two former lawmakers in prison, will bar House and Senate members from taking gifts from lobbyists or their clients. Former senators and high-ranking executive branch officials will have to wait two years before lobbying Congress; ex-House members will have to wait one year.

CIA names new head of espionage

The CIA yesterday named as head of its espionage service a former senior official who quit three years ago amid a staff rebellion against the agency’s former director.

CIA Director Michael Hayden announced the appointment of Michael Sulick as head of the National Clandestine Service, hailing him as a “proven leader who understands our agency and the intelligence community.”

Mr. Sulick was associate deputy director for operations when he resigned in August 2004 after a clash with then-Director Porter J. Goss’ chief of staff over the treatment of another agency employee.

Former governor targets Sen. Sununu

CONCORD, N.H. — Former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen announced yesterday that she will run again for the U.S. Senate seat that Republican John E. Sununu won in 2002.

In finally entering the race, Mrs. Shaheen immediately becomes the favorite among the four Democrats seeking the job.

Mrs. Shaheen, 60, will step down as head of Harvard’s Institute of Politics to campaign. She was the subject of a public draft effort and private recruitment by national party officials.

Mrs. Shaheen lost by 5 percentage points in 2002, but the political landscape has changed dramatically since, mainly because of dwindling public support for the war in Iraq.

NYU hires Reagan’s chef

NEW YORK — The cuisine promises to be a lot better at New York University with the hiring of President Reagan’s personal cook to turn out 100,000 meals and snacks a day.

Jeramie Garlick, 51, who trained at the famed L’Ecole d’Escoffier in Lyon, France, is one of only 43 persons in the world to hold the title of certified master chef.

Dealing with the eating habits of young people has been a challenge for Mr. Garlick, who once catered to Mr. Reagan’s tomato allergy.

“There’s no excuse for bad food. Absolutely none,” Mr. Garlick said.

Air races kill three in four days

RENO, Nev. — Two airplanes collided yesterday at the Reno National Championship Air Races, killing one pilot and injuring another in the third fatal crash at the event in four days.

Five-time defending champion Gary Hubler, 51, of Caldwell, Idaho, was killed in the crash shortly after 9:30 a.m. at Stead Airport just north of Reno, race officials said. It was the 18th fatality in the 44-year history of the air races and prompted the suspension of the competition for the day.

The pilot of the other plane involved in the crash, Jason Somes of Simi Valley, Calif., was taken to a hospital. A friend said he was being treated for an eye injury.

Two pilots were killed in separate accidents at the event on Tuesday and Thursday.

Teen describes wedding day terror

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A former follower of a polygamous-sect leader sobbed on the witness stand yesterday as she described the terror and despair she felt on the eve of her wedding at age 14.

“I kept thinking I felt like I was getting ready for death,” she testified on the second day of the trial of Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mr. Jeffs is charged with two felony counts of rape as an accomplice. Prosecutors contend he used his religious authority to coerce the ceremonial marriage and pressure the teen bride to have sex with her 19-year-old cousin against her will.

In her testimony yesterday, the woman, now 21, said she was shocked when she learned she had been selected for the marriage by Mr. Jeffs’ father, Rulon Jeffs, the church prophet at the time who is now dead.

The woman said she pleaded with Rulon Jeffs to delay the marriage until she turned 16 or to be given to another man.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide