- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2001

Lott wished
"Just another day at the office."

—Senate Majority (officially as of yesterday) Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, when asked yesterday by a reporter, whats new?

Horse and pig

"I played all the boys games because I was kind of a tomboy," recalls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the soon-to-be-published Simon & Schuster book "The Games We Played: A Celebration of Childhood and Imagination," edited by Mrs. Clintons former White House deputy communications director, Steven A. Cohen.
Mrs. Clinton says there were very few girls growing up in her Park Ridge, Ill., neighborhood, so she was forced to put aside dolls and dresses and play "baseball," "hockey," "horse and pig," and "one-on-one basketball" with the boys.
"I had a lot of interest in playing because I could play well enough to play with the boys," says the former first lady, who history has shown never lost the ability to play with the biggest of boys.

Have we met?

Look no further than the hallowed halls of Congress to see why Washington, D.C., has been ranked as the best place in the United States to live the single life.
And no, this has nothing to do with Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Instead, Forbes.com, in putting together its first annual guide to the best places to be single, took a data-driven approach: gathering stats on the number of other singles, cultural activities and nightclubs, job growth and cost of living "based on apartment rents, the cost of pizza, movie tickets and a six-pack of Heineken."
Then theres the politics.
"D.C. is still the place to make career connections, where internships become apprenticeships in the corridors of power. Budding politicos fresh out of Georgetown head for employment on Capitol Hill or with lobbyists and law firms," says Forbes, which doesnt forget the surrounding region.
"High-tech companies in the Virginia suburbs, which spawned America Online, continue to drive job growth and … throughout the sprawling D.C. area, which encompasses Maryland as well as Virginia, nearly everyone is from somewhere else originally, which makes it tough to be lonely even if you are pulling 14-hour days at the office."

One-sided show

"The difference is that [President] Clinton at least gave the appearance of being forced into a unilateral posture by a Republican Congress, and this president seems to positively enjoy his unilateralism when it comes to most of the issues that are on the agenda, whether it is walking away from the Kyoto treaty, declaring irrelevant the ABM Treaty, or abandoning a cooperative approach to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."

— Ivo Daalder, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, discussing George W. Bush and the presidents first-ever visit to Europe — arriving Sunday in Spain, on to Brussels for a meeting at NATO headquarters, to Sweden for the U.S.-EU summit, then Poland, and finally to Slovenia for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Banking on Bush

Taking a swipe at President Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheneys controversial tax-cut package — plus their ties to the oil industry— the Democratic National Committee is telling Americans to "put your tax cut to work."
"George Bush knows your meager tax cut will be used to pay off the rising cost of energy prices. But there is a better way to use your tax cut to offset the rising cost of energy," says the DNC. "Make a symbolic 'tax cut contribution to the DNC today dedicated to kicking the Republicans and their 'big oil administration out of office."
For each single contribution, the DNC will send a postcard to Mr. Bush at the White House "telling him so."

Risen tent

Just over a year ago, then-Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush — calling himself a "compassionate conservative" who supported a "big tent" Republican Party — sat down in Austin to hear the concerns of homosexual Republicans, including former Rep. Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin.
Afterwards, Mr. Gunderson said the meeting "was clearly eye-opening" for Mr. Bush, adding that never again "will a major-party candidate be able to run for president without addressing gay and lesbian issues."
Yesterday, at the Department of Transportation, Mr. Gunderson was guest speaker for an "Embrace Diversity" ceremony celebrating National Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta encouraged "everyone at the department to participate in the planned events to celebrate the contributions that gays and lesbians have made — and continue to make — to the department and the nation."

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