- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Mom, meet Monica

It's tough being President Clinton's ex-girlfriend.
Seems her fame for Oval Office romance has made it hard for Monica Lewinsky to meet nice guys.
"I mean, can you imagine having to introduce Monica Lewinsky to your family?" Miss Lewinsky, 26, complained in an interview with Caroline Graham published yesterday in the New York Post. "I am trying to get normalcy back into my life, but it's hard."
Despite rumors of a busy post-impeachment love life, Miss Lewinsky says, "Half the men the papers have linked me with have been male friends who are gay."
Not so with her new beau, video director Mick Reed, who met the ex-intern at a party three months ago. "I have a normal boyfriend it's the most normal relationship I've had," she says.
Vowing "no more married men" after her high-profile affair with the husband of New York Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, Miss Lewinsky says she dreams of being a bride one day: "I would be very happy if, in five years, I was married and had my first kid… . I want someone who loves me and who really knows how to handle a tempestuous woman like myself."

Man with the plan

Campaigning in Kentucky yesterday, Vice President Al Gore released what he described as a tax-free savings plan to augment Social Security.
"If America doesn't keep making the right choices, we will never be able to give our families the help they need," Mr. Gore said of his $200 billion plan.
But Dan Bartlett, spokesman for Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush, told the Associated Press that the Gore plan was flawed.
"Low-income working people living paycheck to paycheck cannot afford it," Mr. Bartlett said, "and it doesn't stop Social Security from going broke."

Battle plans

House Republican leaders say they're gearing up to "win the ground war" in their battle to keep control of Congress in November.
In a Monday memo to House members who have joined the "Battleground 2000" effort to raise money for Republican candidates in "at least 35 battleground congressional districts," Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, warned of a powerful Democratic effort this fall:
"As I mentioned last week, we're not just fighting the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] this cycle. We're also fighting a myriad of well-funded, liberal special-interest organizations, such as organized labor and trial lawyers… .
"The unions … know that a Republican victory in November will spell a Republican House majority for many years to come… .
"Every cycle, the trial lawyers throw everything they have at House Republicans. This cycle will be no different. In fact, they will throw more at us than ever before."

Supreme suit

Pro-life activists sued the Supreme Court yesterday, claiming a rule barring large signs on sidewalks outside the court violates the First Amendment.
An attorney for the Christian Defense Coalition asked U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan to issue a preliminary injunction to stop Supreme Court police from enforcing the regulation.
Judge Hogan said he should issue a written opinion in 48 hours.
The rule was issued under a federal law to let the court protect its building. It bars signs larger than 4 feet long and 4 feet wide and raised more than 6 feet off the ground from "perimeter sidewalks of the Supreme Court grounds" unless hand-carried.

FAIR fight

Sen. Spencer Abraham, Michigan Republican, is crying foul about FAIR.
Mr. Abraham wants to sic the Internal Revenue Service on the Washington-based Federation for American Immigration Reform, which has run advertisements in Michigan criticizing the senator's advocacy of more immigration.
FAIR, which supports reducing immigration, operates as a tax-exempt charitable organization. Mr. Abraham who is being challenged by Rep. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, in his November re-election bid wants the IRS to make FAIR shut up.
"It's wrong for FAIR to use tax-deductible donations to pay for political ads," Mr. Abraham said yesterday in a press release. "The IRS must investigate these activities immediately to prevent further abuse of the charitable provisions of the federal tax code."
For its part, FAIR defends the anti-Abraham ads as "educational activities."

Lump sum for Israel

A House subcommittee voted yesterday to give Israel its fiscal year 2001 allotment of foreign aid in a lump sum, rather than spread out over the fiscal year.

Rep. Sonny Callahan, Alabama Republican and chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, hoped to keep the so-called "early dispersal" as a carrot to encourage Israel to withhold its planned $250 million sale of a high-tech radar plane to China.

The subcommittee then went on to reject by a 9-6 vote Mr. Callahan's effort to withhold $250 million from the $2.8 billion foreign aid package to Israel. The $250 million would have been withheld pending certification by the Defense Department that the sale of the plane would not endanger U.S. national security.

Tree-hugger fury

Good news: The Amazon rain forest is "the least-threatened, most intact forest on the globe," says Marc Morano, correspondent for the syndicated "American Investigator" TV show.
Bad news: Hollywood celebrities hate good news.
In its latest issue, US Weekly magazine reports that Mr. Morano's upcoming report, "Amazon Rainforest: Clear-Cutting the Myths," set to air nationally June 30, "has infuriated members of the star-packed Rainforest Foundation."
Rainforest Foundation co-founder Trudie Styler wife of British rock singer Sting was outraged to learn that the Brazilian forest is 90 percent intact and doesn't need celebrity help to "save" it.
"The Rainforest Foundation was created to honor a commitment Sting and I made to the indigenous people in the Amazon region," Mrs. Styler told US Weekly. "We will continue to fight the fight, for them and with them."
An April 13 Rainforest Foundation benefit in New York featuring Sting, Elton John and Ricky Martin raised $2 million to save the South American forest that Mr. Morano says is doing just fine without their help.
The myth of the "endangered" Amazon rain forest is "the biggest environmental con of the past two decades" based on "a whole litany of false science," Mr. Morano told Inside Politics yesterday.
Folks in Hollywood don't want to know that.
"We confronted all these celebrities," Mr. Morano said. "Their knowledge base is very low on all these issues."

Gas-guzzling Gore

Midwesterners can thank Vice President Al Gore for skyrocketing gasoline prices this summer, explains Marianne Lavelle in the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report.
"Forget the law of supply and demand. It's the rule of evaporation and environmental regulation that is sending prices at the pump as high as $2 a gallon in Chicago," Miss Lavelle writes. "Refiners complain that new federal clean-fuel rules are difficult to meet because of a unique ethanol-enriched mix of gasoline mandated in most Midwest states.
"As a result, gas prices have risen in the nation's heartland at more than twice the national average just in time for the summer driving season."
Soaring fuel prices "couldn't come at a worse time or place for Vice President Al Gore, a standard-bearer of administration environmental policy," the article adds, "who was traveling last week through the region he desperately needs to win in order to defeat George W. Bush the Midwest."

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