- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 7, 2001

Kennedy's heresy?
Some liberals are furious with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, saying the Massachusetts Democrat went too far in brokering an education bill passed by the Senate, according to an article in the New Republic.
"Kennedy compromised so much, in fact, that something strange has transpired," Michael Crowley writes. "With negotiations over the bill's final form beginning between the House and the Senate this month, conservatives are suddenly invoking Kennedy as a voice of reason, while Kennedy's liberal colleagues are cursing his name and fighting to reverse one of his key concessions. 'Kennedy doesn't give a [expletive deleted] about kids,' fumes one left-leaning lobbyist. Marvels Kennedy spokesman Jim Manley: 'The politics of this are unlike anything I've ever seen.'
"Kennedy's heresy was to accept a little-publicized Bush proposal known as 'Academic Achievement for All,' or 'Straight A's.' The program would give states new flexibility in spending federal education dollars, which are currently earmarked for hundreds of specific purposes," but liberals and their teachers-union allies fear that states will shortchange impoverished school districts, the reporter said.
One Democratic staffer told the reporter: "A lot of traditional Democrats feel [Mr. Kennedy] gave away the store."

'Entertainment classic'
"Now we know what Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords really meant when he demanded more 'bipartisanship.' Having betrayed the Republicans, he's now tormenting the Democrats who adopted him," the Wall Street Journal says in an editorial.
"This little tale is a Beltway entertainment classic. Mr. Jeffords is panicking because his notorious Northeast price-fixing dairy cartel expires on Sept. 30. Two years ago, the last time it was expiring, GOP leader Trent Lott carried milk for the Vermonter by stuffing a cartel extension into a conference report without even a Senate vote. Our editorial headline at the time was, 'Lott Has a Cow.'
"Well, Republicans aren't cooperating this time. So Mr. Jeffords is begging Senate Democrats to rescue his OPEC for milk with the same dead-of-night, no-vote strategy that Mr. Lott used. And Majority Leader Tom Daschle seems pleased to succeed Mr. Lott as Senate dairy queen. The Democratic leader admitted last week that he was looking to slip a three-month cartel extension onto a farm-spending bill before he ran out of time. He'll try to add it to some other legislation when Congress reconvenes in September."
The newspaper added: "One irony here is that Mr. Jeffords is now making Democrats look like tools, if not fools. His demand for an extension makes a hypocrite out of Mr. Daschle, who publicly denounced Mr. Lott for his dairy gambit in 1999. 'I oppose compacts in any form, but I especially oppose them when they are loaded into a bill without the opportunity of a good debate, without the opportunity of votes, without the opportunity of amendment,' he said on the Senate floor."

Courting Republicans
New CNN Chairman Walter Isaacson, aware that his network is viewed warily by many Republicans, traveled to Washington for a series of meetings with Republican leaders.
While Mr. Isaacson's representatives characterized the meetings last week as primarily meet-and-greet sessions, they said he wants to hear directly any criticisms that CNN is unfair to Republican or conservative views, Associated Press television reporter David Bauder writes.
CNN has been knocked on its heels over the past year by the growing strength of competitor Fox News Channel, a network with greater appeal to many conservative viewers.
Mr. Isaacson met with House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, U.S. Reps. J.C. Watts Jr. of Oklahoma and Rob Portman of Ohio, and Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. He has also contacted the White House about a possible meeting with President Bush, CNN spokeswoman Sue Binford said.
The meetings aren't an indication that Mr. Isaacson believes CNN's coverage is unbalanced, the spokeswoman said. Mr. Isaacson, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, also met informally with some Democrats last week and plans more sessions with both sides, she said.

Jesse's show
CNN has changed its set, but will it change its mind about the Rev. Jesse Jackson's show?
Imagine paying someone $260,000 a year for doing absolutely nothing. Then imagine that someone is Mr. Jackson. While plans for his "Both Sides With Jesse Jackson" are on hold, he continues to draw a paycheck from the cable news conglomerate, according to our sources.
CNN's old Web site touted the 30-minute weekly show as a "public affairs program that concentrates on compelling social and political issues." His last episode, which aired Jan. 15, was titled, "What Will President Clinton's Legacy Be Among African-Americans?"

Defending Clinton
Three aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, have established legal-defense funds in an effort to offset costs connected with a federal inquiry into President Clinton's last-minute pardons.
Deputy state director Ramon Martinez III, legislative correspondent April Springfield and legislative assistant Sean Sweeney all filed papers with the secretary of the Senate in recent weeks.
"It's a pending investigation, so I really can't comment," Mr. Martinez said yesterday.
Mr. Martinez works in Mrs. Clinton's New York City office. He was political director of her successful campaign for the Senate. Miss Springfield and Mr. Sweeney, who work in Washington, also worked on Mrs. Clinton's campaign in New York.
U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White's office for the Southern District of New York is investigating the contentious 11th-hour pardons Mr. Clinton granted to fugitive financier Marc Rich and also whether Mr. Clinton commuted the sentences of four Hasidic Jews in exchange for votes for his wife.

Mayor's counseling over
A battery charge filed against embattled Miami Mayor Joe Carollo after a dispute with his wife was dropped yesterday after he completed a family counseling program.
"He is thrilled to put this distraction behind him," said Ben Kuehne, Mr. Carollo's attorney.
Mr. Carollo was charged after being accused of tossing a cardboard tea container and hitting his wife in the head at their home Feb. 7. Police responded to a 911 call from the mayor's daughter.
Miami-Dade State's Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement that prosecutors met several times with Mr. Carollo's attorneys and decided to drop the charge if the mayor completed the program.

Hubby charged
The husband of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson faces charges of driving while intoxicated after a three-vehicle traffic accident. No one was injured.
Ron Gladney was ticketed Friday on a highway in Richmond Heights, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.
Mr. Gladney was driving alone in a sport utility vehicle that struck another vehicle and then a third, said police spokeswoman Irene Johnson.
A court appearance was scheduled for Aug. 27.
Mrs. Emerson, Missouri Republican, was married to longtime Rep. Bill Emerson for 21 years, and won his seat after he died of cancer in 1996. She married Mr. Gladney in January 2000.

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