- The Washington Times - Friday, June 22, 2001

Working for Mom
Yes, thats Gillian Hearst-Shaw, daughter of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst-Shaw, who in 1974 was kidnapped by — and then later joined — the Symbionese Liberation Army, interning in the Hearst chains Washington bureau and on Capitol Hill.
Miss Hearst-Shaws grandfather, Randolph Apperson Hearst, the last surviving son of legendary newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, died six months ago.

Fat constituents
Washington author Alicia Mundys investigative book about the fen-phen diet-drug scandal, "Dispensing With the Truth," is attracting the attention of both Democrats and Republicans, who believe the paper trail of internal company documents laid out in the book would make a great plot line for a congressional hearing about the Food and Drug Administration and drug safety.
"Its about time," Miss Mundy tells this column. "The diet drugs caused five times the number of deaths as Firestone tires. What, Congress doesnt think overweight people vote?"

It's Dubya
Its not every day that a Republican president telephones a Democratic senator at home.
"I was out watering plants, trying to stretch 200 feet of hose to get to some trees I had planted," says Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware. "And my daughter … came out and said, 'The presidents on the phone.
"And I said, 'Ill be there in a second, meaning we all know when the president calls, that means the White House operator is on the phone. And she said, 'No, daddy, come now. The presidents on the phone.
"I said, 'Honey, Ill be there in a second. She said, 'Daddy … it is the president. Hes on the phone. And he was on the phone. And so I want to publicly apologize for keeping the president waiting while I watered my trees, although he said something to the effect, he hopes I wasnt watering them too liberally."

Major-league legacy
Who better than President Bush to bring Major League Baseball back to Washington?
In "Hardball on the Hill: Baseball Stories from Our Nations Capital," author James C. Roberts reminisces about an American pastime not played here since our beloved Washington Senators left and became the Texas Rangers.
"Here we have the worlds greatest game in the capital of the worlds greatest nation," says Mr. Roberts, former director of the White House Fellowship Program under President Reagan and founder and president of the national news/talk radio network, "RadioAmerica."
"If President Bush is looking for a legacy, its only appropriate he bring baseball back to Washington," Mr. Roberts tells this newspapers Rachel Lioi.
And what type of hors doeuvres were served at Mr. Roberts book party at the U.S. Reserve Officers Association building hosted by Frank Donatelli, Mr. Reagans former political director?
Pretzels, hot dogs and roasted peanuts, of course.

When in Warsaw
President Bushs recent journey to Poland generated this Polish News observation, sent to us by Inside the Beltway reader Kevin Zieleniewski:
"If this were an American election year, cynics might suspect Bush of electioneering in search of Polish-American votes. In actuality, however, the latest visit appeared to be yet another chapter in Polands ongoing love affair with America.
"Poland has traditionally been a hospitable haven for prominent American visitors who could always count on an enthusiastic welcome and moral support despite controversies and scandals back home or elsewhere abroad.
"That was the case with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush and Clinton. And older Warsaw residents recall that when Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy visited the city in the early 1960s, a group of burly Poles actually hoisted the Plymouth sedan he was riding in shoulder high and carried it through Old Town."

Dissing Clarence
The Claremont Institute is calling attention to Ebony magazines list of the 100 most influential black Americans in 2001.
To be sure, says the think tank, some worthy names made the list: Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Kweisi Mfume, Charles B. Rangel, Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey are among the 100.
"Whatever one thinks of these individuals, there can be no question that they all wield great influence," says Claremonts Michael Finch and Thomas Krannawitter. "But then there is Clarence Thomas, who grew up in the Jim Crow South, came from a background of poverty and a broken family, and now sits on the U.S. Supreme Court. And he happens to be black.
"But Ebony magazine thinks Justice Thomas is not among the most influential black Americans. Scanning the pages of Ebony, one is struck by the fact that Justice Thomas name does not appear. Anywhere. He is not even mentioned in the article preceding the list of the 100. Its as if he does not exist. Which of course is exactly the point," say Mr. Finch and Mr. Krannawitter.

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