- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Post companions

Employees of The Washington Post have just received a memo from the newspaper's compensation and benefits manager, Stacey Jungreis, touting a "New Employee Benefit" at discounted rates:
"Pet Insurance: Get health and wellness insurance for your trusted companions insurance for your cats and/or dogs only."
Says one newspaper insider, who uses the alias Ben Bradlee: "There's got to be something in this for The Post."

Move over, Monty

Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan might not be drawing crowds where he needs them the most here in the United States but he certainly has attracted a following in England.
"Here are the VHS and Beta copies of the interview between Jonathan Hunt and Mr. Buchanan," Sky News producer Tara Peterman writes in a letter to Mr. Buchanan's press secretary, Brian Doherty. "You will be happy to know that the interview received the highest ratings of any television program in Britain for the week it ran."


Defense Secretary William S. Cohen testified yesterday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, no doubt one of his last appearances before the congressional body as Pentagon chief.
It was a hearing on national missile defense, chaired by Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican.
"I predict," said Mr. Warner at the conclusion of Mr. Cohen's testimony, "you certainly will, based on your distinguished career, posture yourself and be available to future presidents as a consultant and an adviser, much like Dr. [Henry] Kissinger has been through a sequence of years. You approach that status, my good friend, and you've earned it through a lot of hard work."
Replied Mr. Cohen, a former Republican senator from Maine: "I'm looking forward to entering private life."
"That's what Dick Cheney said not long ago," said Mr. Warner, the hearing room erupting in laughter.

Not your imagination

We're told Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican and (excluding Richard B. Cheney) the fastest-rising star of the GOP, will grab a microphone and sing with the Temptations at a Sunday night gala in Philadelphia coinciding with the Republican National Convention.
One of Motown's signature groups (42 Top 10 singles in 25 years), four of the original five Temptations have died, but the band has continued to perform with different lineups, now including the congressman.

Breaking bread

Five years ago, when Sen. Sam Nunn announced he would not run for re-election, this column asked him what he felt had been his greatest accomplishment during his 24 years in Congress.
Mr. Nunn thought about the question for several days, and were we ever surprised by his response. We expected the Georgia Democrat and former Senate Armed Services boss to cite one of his myriad legislative accomplishments.
"Keeping my family together," he said.
Mr. Nunn explained that with the multitude of demands on senators, their families make numerous sacrifices. He said he was especially proud to have kept his together.
We bring this up having read yesterday's House floor schedule and procedure 35 bills in all, debatable for 40 minutes each, which makes for a terribly long day. Making the final bill up for consideration after Guam reclamation, bulletproof vests and terrorism preparedness acts all the more fitting:
"H. Con. Res. 343 Sense of Congress Regarding The Importance of Families Eating Together."

Clinton plug

Between episodes of "Friends" and "Ally McBeal," New Yorkers get to watch a new TV ad campaign featuring President Clinton, on video, praising the leadership of Republican Rep. Rick Lazio, Hillary Rodham Clinton's opponent in the New York Senate race.

Initiated by the Republican Leadership Council, Mr. Clinton is seen praising Mr. Lazio months ago, obviously for his "leadership" in protecting health care for disabled Americans.

The Republicans are spending more than $1 million on this and other Lazio spots by Labor Day.

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who also is pictured in the ad, was not amused and demanded in a letter to Mr. Lazio that the ad be pulled as misleading.

It uses "a composite photograph of the two of us, although we have never, to my belief, been photographed together," the New York Democrat wrote.

Lazio campaign officials said the ad was not theirs to kill.

RLC Executive Director Mark Miller defended the shot as a legitimate use of the images of public figures and added that it was complimentary to both men.

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