- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 26, 2001

Take two
Taylor Gross did a double-take — literally — while departing the White House late Tuesday night.
Preparing to travel aboard Air Force One with President Bush through Texas this week, Mr. Gross, who is the director of radio for the White House Office of Media Affairs, didnt leave the White House until the hour of 9 oclock, descending the steps — alone, he assumed — leading to 17th Street NW.
The next thing he knew, he came face-to-face with actress Allison Janney, star of the popular TV drama series "The West Wing."
"This is kind of surreal," the surprised Mr. Gross told the actress.
Suddenly, from a distance, he heard the shows director shout "Cut," realizing only then for the first time that hed actually stumbled into a scene of the show as it was being taped.
"Sorry about that," Mr. Gross shouted back to the director and crew, all of whom were laughing.

Not Moynihan

It was a nice day for a quiet stroll yesterday across Capitol Hill. Unless youre Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who must long to be alone with her thoughts.
Walking the two or so blocks from the Russell Senate Office Building to the U.S. Capitol, the freshman New York Democrat was closely trailed by a contingent of Secret Service agents, senatorial staff, newspaper and broadcast reporters, and photographers.

Quote of the week

"If there is one good thing about all of this, China is not going to learn anything because most of the equipment probably in that spy plane was made in China like everything else."
— Rep. James A. Traficant, Ohio Democrat, referring this week to the captured U.S. surveillance plane that remains grounded in China.

Saving on screws

Recipients of the nations highest civil service award have saved the federal government $86.9 billion.
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card will be on hand to present penny-pinching senior bureaucrats with the presidential rank of Distinguished Executive at a State Department black-tie dinner tonight, sponsored by the Senior Executives Association.
Of the 12 departments and 13 agencies represented by the 53 winners, the Defense Department led with 13 winners. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services each had four winners.

Take another week

Actual congressional memo:
"Update from the House Republican Study Committee: House Spending Report. Each week, the Republican Study Committee tracks how much money the House authorizes to be spent. For the week of April 16-20, 2001, because the House was out of session, no new spending was authorized."

Crystal City anyone?

Paul Kawata, executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council, has "postponed" the Minority Executive Directors Retreat scheduled from July 15 to 18 at the Hilton Turtle Bay in Oahu, Hawaii.
"To his credit, Kawata acknowledged it would give the wrong perception to people if AIDS executives travel to Hawaii for this retreat, while 400 AIDS patients in Alabama cant get AIDS medications, among other AIDS funding problems," AIDS activist Michael Petrelis told us yesterday.
A recent cover story in the Washington Monthly, written by Wayne Turner of the AIDS group ACT UP/DC, brought renewed attention to AIDS junkets to exotic locales. As Mr. Turner reported, AIDS executives and researchers have traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to network with colleagues.
Mr. Kawata was not in the office yesterday, but a NMAC official confirmed that staff was informed at a morning meeting yesterday that the retreat was postponed indefinitely.

Mellow media

Nicholas Thimmesch, former Reagan-Bush staffer-turned-communications director for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, says it was with a little help from the creative computer of the teen-age son of NORMLs legal counsel that they came up with the unique three-day conference media pass pictured here, featuring a cannabis leaf springing out of the word "Media."
And unlike other Washington media credentials, the backs of these unusual green passes give reporters advice on "what to do and what not to do if stopped by a cop."
"The media credentials are becoming somewhat of a collectors item," says Mr. Thimmesch. "No matter how many media credentials you see, you will never see one like this again."

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