- The Washington Times - Friday, January 28, 2000

Snow drift

Attorney General Janet Reno prefers to be left alone.
"These two days of government closure because of the snow have been productive days because I didn't have any mail and not that many phone calls," she remarked Thursday.
Causing one reporter to bring up a rather unflattering story in Thursday's Wall Street Journal, which labeled Miss Reno a terrible manager who has earned little respect from law enforcement colleagues.
"I was at Mount Vernon this Sunday," she responded, "and there is a wonderful line that says: 'If I were to worry about memoirs or what people said' a variation on [Abraham] Lincoln 'my feelings might be hurt.'
"I prefer just said [George] Washington to let myself drift down the stream of life and let posterity make its own judgments about what I've done."

Gore and life

The National Right to Life Committee, for once, is in agreement with pro-choice presidential candidate Bill Bradley.
In Wednesday night's Democratic debate in New Hampshire against Vice President Al Gore, Mr. Bradley cited his opponent's record of "flip-flopping" on the abortion issue.
In fact, from 1977 to 1984, Mr. Gore supported the position of the National Abortion Rights Action League only 20 percent of the time.
Mr. Gore "has again badly misrepresented his pro-life voting record in the House of Representatives," says the NRLC's Laura Echevarria.
On one occasion in 1984, Mr. Gore voted for an amendment offered by Rep. Mark Siljander, Michigan Republican, which declared "the term 'person' shall include unborn children from the moment of conception."

Bruised and broke

The Republican Leadership Council Thursday launched a new TV ad campaign in New Hampshire calling attention to Bob Dole's warning that the GOP "could be damaged again because of distorted negative television political ads."
In the ads, Mr. Dole speaks about the negative impact Steve Forbes' ads had during the 1996 presidential contest.
"I emerged the Republican nominee, battered, bruised and broke, and a much easier target for the negative Clinton-Gore fall campaign," says Mr. Dole.
Two months ago, the RLC ran a TV campaign warning Mr. Forbes to forego negative advertising against his fellow Republican candidates."We agree with Senator Dole's belief that 'such deceptive ad tactics were wrong' then and that they are just as wrong now," says RLC Executive Director Mark Miller. "It only damages the process and serves to help the Democrats."

Marshal Marshall

Four years ago, Thurgood Marshall's youngest son, John, looked on as a memorial was unveiled to his father, the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Facing the statue are three bronze figures: Donald Murray, plaintiff in the case argued by Mr. Marshall that desegregated the University of Maryland Law School; and a boy and girl who benefited from Mr. Marshall's school desegregation cases.
Today, John Marshall, 41, is making headlines. On Tuesday, the former Virginia state trooper and deputy U.S. marshal will be sworn in as the first black director of the U.S. Marshals Service, the oldest federal law enforcement agency.
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will administer the oath, with Attorney General Janet Reno, Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., and Virginia Sen. Charles S. Robb all to be on hand.

Fewer entitlements

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan has some words of advice for President Clinton, who never met an entitlement program he didn't like.
"I happen to think that the difficulties in reining in entitlement programs, once you have them, is far more difficult than the problems on the tax side," Mr. Greenspan opined when discussing means of reducing national debt.
"And that's the reason why I opt, clearly, as my second choice, for employing surpluses which cannot be used to reduce the debt to reduce taxes."

This Bud's for Al

House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt is finally at odds again with Vice President Al Gore.
"I am very much for Al Gore for president, but I told him the other night that we have a vehement disagreement on this game and that it couldn't be settled without a wager," the Missouri Democrat said of this Sunday's Super Bowl contest between the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans.
"And so I have bet him a case of Budweiser," says Mr. Gephardt, along with some "toasted pasta."
Forgetting about Tennessee whiskey, Mr. Gore put up some Memphis barbecue on behalf of his homestate team.
"So I expect to be eating Memphis barbecue here next Monday," said Mr. Gephardt, who will have to wash it down with water.

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