- Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin’s parents rally against Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law
- Hillary Clinton campaign got illicit funds from D.C. scandal figure
- Obama administration backs off plan to cut prescription-drug program
- Tickets linked to stolen passports purchased by Iranian middleman
- More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon
- Ottawa day care suspends 2-year-old for ‘outside’ cheese sandwich
- Liam Neeson tells NYC mayor to ‘man up’ in horse carriage fight
- Real-life Dr. Doolittle to reveal how to talk to animals
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Inside the Beltway: Dinner bashing
It’s been all the rage this week to bash the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Multiple accounts now claim that the giddy juxtaposition of journalists, Hollywood celebrities and notorious operatives has become commercialized, off-message and unbecoming. Yeah, well. Close to 3,000 “correspondents” will be vying for attention Saturday night as the network cameras roll and the Makers Mark bourbon stylishly flows at myriad cocktail events. And yes, there were only 11 attendees when the event was first staged 99 years ago.
But there is still some redeeming social value. For all its snippy pomp, the dinner is a viable fundraiser for journalism scholarships. There is only one dinner per year, and it does not usually yield catfights on Connecticut Avenue, anchormen gone awry or drunken columnists wearing lampshades. In addition, the dinner is good for the local economy, what with all the pre-parties, pre-pre-parties and after-parties.
Though some may pine for a return to the modest “Nerd Prom” of yore, that’s just not possible, unless the White House Correspondents' Association declares that in the future, only genuine White House correspondents may attend. But that’s not likely. The event still has a good-humored dynamic going for it, and every president who addresses the jammed ballroom acknowledges that just for the night, ferocious differences are forgotten, and all’s well.
“I’m not going to stand up here and deliver one of those worn-out, sentimental homilies about the press and the presidency. Neither of us would believe it,” Ronald Reagan told the crowd during his last appearance at the dinner in 1986. “What I hope my epitaph will be with the White House correspondents, what every president’s epitaph should be with the press is this: He gave as good as he got. And that I think will make for a healthy press and a healthy presidency.”
WALK DON’T RUN
THE REINVENTED CLINTON
Former President Bill Clinton — the reinvented vegan hipster globalist — returns to the nation’s capital with much ado in about 48 hours. He’ll host something called “A Night Out with the Millennium Network” at a boutique hotel about two blocks from his old digs at the White House, accompanied by daughter Chelsea Clinton and “Book of Mormon” star Josh Gad. It is an evening for the young and restless; guests — who pay anywhere from $150 to $10,000 to attend — are advised to wear “smart, casual attire” and bring a photo ID. About 1,000 usually show up organizers say, and yes, there’s an open bar. And a cause.
“The goal of each event is to bring together a diverse group of young leaders committed to making a difference in the world through their own philanthropy and through the work of the Clinton Foundation,” advance materials note.
Mr. Clinton, meanwhile, has discovered social media after recently sending his first tweet during a live broadcast on the Comedy Channel. The Clinton Foundation already is promoting his new Twitter presence, exclaiming, “You can now connect directly with President Clinton on Twitter.” His handle, is not, say, #BubbaTweets, but just plain #BillClinton. He’ll likely embrace Twitter with gusto: the 42nd president has tweeted a total of five times. He already has close to 400,000 followers.
THE PERRY EFFECT
Like Gov. Rick Perry, a dozen Republican Texas lawmakers have a message for gun makers: Y’all come on down. Rep. Blake Farenthold and 11 other members of the legislature have contacted a trio of Connecticut firearms manufacturers urging them to relocate to friendlier territory.
One — PTR Precision Technologies — already intends to move its 40 jobs out of the state due to “unintended consequences” of Connecticut’s newly passed gun control legislation.
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