- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Class of '94
For the GOP, there was no better vintage than 1994.
Which is why former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour is being called upon to produce another bumper crop.
"Our goal is to win back the Senate next year," says Mr. Barbour, the newly appointed finance chairman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The appointment was made by Sen. Bill First of Tennessee, NRSC chairman, who calls Mr. Barbour a proven "strategist" and winner.
In 1994, Mr. Barbour led Republican efforts that resulted in the greatest midterm Republican sweep of the 20th century, with Republicans picking up 52 House seats and eight Senate seats to win control of both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years.
Republicans that year also picked up an additional 11 governors offices and more than 500 state legislative seats across the country.

Removing plaque

Ambling past the stately row of government-occupied town homes on Lafayette Square (on their way to a rare invitation to the White House) were representatives of Washingtons Cooler Heads Coalition, which advises against rushing to judgment on green decrees like global warming.
"We approached the stately [Lafayette] structure providing shelter for the better part of the past decade to the 'Presidents Task Force on Climate Change and we looked up expecting to see the shiny, bronze announcement … and the plaque was gone," observes the coalitions counsel, Christopher Horner.
"It seems our recently former president [Bill Clinton] requires space for his drawn-out maiden transition into the private sector and this building was chosen — hopefully, due to it no longer being needed for its erstwhile perpetration," the counsel notes. "Small price to pay to help get him out of the peoples house, anyway."
Instead of reaffixing the old plaque to the taxpayer-funded building, Mr. Horner suggests replacing it with one that reads "Presidents Task Force on Affordable Energy."

Public servant

White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card is going back to his old stomping grounds tomorrow, addressing graduates of Harvards John F. Kennedy School of Government with a speech titled "The Noble Call of Public Service."
Mr. Card is not only an alumnus of the Kennedy School, hes a native Massachusetts son who served in the state House of Representatives from 1975 until 1983. After being named legislator of the year by the National Republican Legislators Association, he was appointed to high-level posts in the Reagan White House and eventually both Bush administrations.

Future warship

The British have sailed into Washington aboard a unique naval ship: the worlds biggest trimaran, berthed in the back yard of Capitol Hill.
At a welcoming ceremony yesterday, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Jay Cohen talked about how this was a happier visit that the one in 1812 — when the British Navy tied up in the same spot and proceeded to burn down Washington.
The admiral, however, couldnt help but joke to the British visitors, "Please leave the Navy Yard as you found it."
The Triton, an innovative triple-hull vessel, has docked at the Navy Yard for a weeklong visit. Although visitors will not be allowed to board, dockside observation is being encouraged. And what an eyeful awaits.
The football-field-sized ship, a prototype for the next generation of warships, is visiting Washington as part of extensive U.S. sea trials to ensure its cutting-edge design can live up to high expectations. Those include "turn-on-a-dime" maneuverability, maximum speed of 20 knots, ultra-stability thanks to special fins, and almost 50 percent extra deck room for weaponry and helicopters.
Its also a floating laboratory, configured to meet all the needs of war and peace, both military and civilian (there is onboard accommodation for 12 scientists).
Still, the Brits cant claim all the glory for this futuristic craft. The Triton is the powerful result of a British and U.S. collaborative effort to come up with a naval ship of the future. So while its British-built and crewed by the British Merchant Navy, all the instruments — advanced to a degree — are U.S.-produced.

True and false

"Disclaimer: The projections are based on results from computer models that involve simplifications of real physical processes that are not fully understood. Accordingly, no responsibility will be accepted by CSIRO for the accuracy of the projections inferred from this brochure or for any persons interpretations, deductions, conclusions or actions in reliance on this information."
— Final paragraph of a global-warming brochure, warning of heat waves, droughts and floods, issued by the Atmospheric Division of Australias Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organization (CSIRO).


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