- The Washington Times - Monday, July 16, 2001

New exhibit
The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and now Washington's latest exhibit — "Timothy McVeigh's Notes from Prison."
From his prison cell, McVeigh answered five of 60 questions submitted to him by Rita Cosby of Fox News. The three-page, 401-word statement, postmarked April 23, 2001, asserts that his bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building "was morally and strategically equivalent of the U.S. hitting a government building in Serbia, Iraq or other nations."
The notes, on loan from Miss Cosby, will be on display "indefinitely" at the Newseum in Arlington.

Lettuce entertain you
We're not sure if Rep. Gary A. Condit has lunch plans Wednesday, but Playboy playmates Julie McCullough and Rebekka Armstrong wearing only strategically placed lettuce leaves — will be serving hot dogs in the courtyard of his Capitol Hill office.
Playboy is teaming up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in sponsoring the fifth annual Veggie Hot Dog Lunch inside the Rayburn House Office Building, noon to 1 p.m.
The playmates insist that "carrot-crunching Casanovas stay slim, sexy and sizzling — while meat-eating men start fizzling."

George speak
"The amazing thing [is that] we'll have our birthday on the same day again next year."
Democratic National Committee, taking a political swipe at President George W. Bush in its widely circulated "Quote of the Day," attributed to Mr. Bush upon realizing that he and an Associated Press reporter share the same birthday.

Running from reality
President Bush has his work cut out for him on the problem of drug use among teens. We're told that the first look at the 2000-2001 school year reveals a troubling turn in student drug use, which had been falling for three years.
The use of certain drugs is on the rise for some students, according to the 14th annual Pride Survey, which is an official indicator of performance of the White House drug policy.
Results of the survey will be announced by, among others, Edward H. Jurith, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, at the National Press Club Thursday.

No longer fiction
We're told one of author Jack Uldrich's first actions as the newly elected chairman of the Minnesota Independence Party was to invite recently converted independent Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont to Minnesota.
You might say that Mr. Jeffords jumped right out of Mr. Uldrich's pages.
"Those people who have read my book know the main character is a former moderate Republican who becomes an independent so I have a great deal of admiration for Senator Jeffords and would love for him to help build our party," says the author of "The Gibraltar Conspiracy," who, when he's not writing, serves as a top official in Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's administration.

Go figure
Confused by how many people live in America?
You're not the only one.
The U.S. Census Bureau is aware that a number of recently published documents leave people with the impression that an adjustment of the 2000 census would add 6.4 million missed individuals to the result of the count.
Census officials, on the other hand, say initial estimates from the 2000 census indicate there were only 4.3 million people undercounted and 1 million overcounted, leaving a net measured undercount of 3.3 million people.
But even this undercount is "still preliminary," warns the bureau, which is spending the remainder of this summer re-examining the numbers.
In all fairness, it's not easy counting Americans when only 67 percent of America's residents returned their 2000 census forms. As bad as that percentage sounds, the return rate actually ended a 30-year decline in census participation.
The Census Bureau reported on Dec. 28, 2000, that it counted 281,421,906 persons residing in the United States, an increase of 33 million (13.3 percent) since the 1990 count. Census officials called the population jump fast and unexpectedly high, and as a result some in Washington are reassessing immigration policy.
Still, there's room for more people in Washington itself. The District of Columbia, the 2000 census found, has just over 572,000 residents, a drop of almost 6 percent from the 1990 census.
If the nation's capital were to become the 51st state, it would rank 50th in population, ahead of only Wyoming.

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