- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Reproductive right
Ana Gasteyer of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" says she kept her pregnancy a secret for five months because she was concerned about reactions at work, where until now no comedian cast member has been with child before.
But when she broke the news to the show's executive producer, Lorne Michaels, he was "just fabulous about it," she now says. "Babies are a great thing. He's got three. They've totally changed his life."
Funny, but we don't recall the SNL comedian gushing about how great babies are and how they totally change people's lives for the better when she was in Washington a few days ago as the celebrity attraction for the 85th anniversary celebration of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Then again, nobody knew she was pregnant.

Skit to remember
President George W. Bush and Drew Carey appearing together on stage?
For one engagement only, at the 88th annual White House Correspondents' Association's Dinner on May 4.
"You're going to love this dinner," WHCA President Steve Holland says of the black-tie gala honoring President Bush and featuring entertainment by the star of "The Drew Carey Show" and "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?"
Actually, Mr. Bush and Mr. Carey have shown up together in nationwide polling, Mr. Bush among the top people living today in any part of the world who are admired most and Mr. Carey among the favorite TV personalities.
In fact, one Harris poll had Mr. Carey as the favorite TV celebrity, topping Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O'Donnell, even Jennifer "Mrs. Brad Pitt" Aniston.
This will be the first WHCA dinner since September 11, which has posed new challenges for the 60 or so scribes who cover the president on a daily basis.
"The White House Correspondents' Association has taken an active role in working with the new administration in its first year in office," Mr. Holland says. "It has been a difficult year since September 11. We've worked hard to ensure that [reporters] access to the president at the White House and on the road has not been compromised."

Toasting Tancredo
A private residence on Connecticut Avenue NW might seem like an unusual place to raise money for a Colorado congressman unless it happens to be Rep. Thomas G. Tancredo, chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus who, despite being Republican, is doing everything in his power to thwart President Bush's efforts to offer amnesty to thousands of illegal aliens in this country.
In fact, 15 fellow Republicans from Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Ernest Istook of Oklahoma to Marge Roukema of New Jersey and Bob Stump of Arizona will be the honored guests at next Tuesday's toast to Mr. Tancredo at the Washington home of Joan and Ernie Hueter, who have planned a patriotic singalong.
"We're increasing our own vulnerability to terrorism," Mr. Tancredo warned recently of Mr. Bush's proposal to grant amnesty to illegals, "while simultaneously rewarding people for violating our laws."
We just wrote about Mr. Tancredo two weeks ago, after the congressman was contacted by a frustrated immigration-law judge who said every day he brings the gavel down and orders people to be deported some for making threats against the United States only to find out later that the Immigration and Naturalization Service has ignored his rulings and allowed the aliens to remain in the country.
Mr. Tancredo immediately took the judge's accusations to INS Commissioner James W. Ziglar, who under oath in Congress confirmed that 314,000 persons who had been ordered deported in the last five years still reside here.

Bean-sprout swirl?
Days after telling readers about "fat taxes," we learn that legislation to impose a "fat tax" on soft drinks in California and study new taxes on junk food is the first wave of a new war on fat by politicians.
But not all politicians.
The Libertarian Party says the "war on fat" by politicians other than themselves "should be vigorously fought by every American.
"This is our next great battle of American politics: keeping politicians out of our refrigerators," says Libertarian spokesman George Getz. "If we don't stop them now, they'll slap new taxes on soda, hamburgers and ice cream while subsidizing tofu, broccoli and bean sprouts."
In California, state Sen. Deborah Ortiz has introduced a bill that would impose a new tax on distributors of soft drinks and other sweetened sodas. The bill would add about 2 cents to the cost of a typical 12-ounce soda, and the money as much as $300 million a year would be used to fund childhood-obesity prevention programs.
Mr. Getz counters that our eating habits are none of Uncle Sam's business, saying the government should not be allowed to "micromanage our menus and tax our Twinkies."


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