- The Washington Times - Monday, April 29, 2002

Daschle's peace plan
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has endorsed the idea of sending American troops to the Middle East to stand guard between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
"I think that this may be the time to send in peacekeepers," Mr. Daschle said on ABC's "This Week," before adding that, in fact, this may not be the best time to put American soldiers on the ground there.
"I think an American presence may be the only way to bring about the kind of stability and send as clear a message as possible that we want to work with both sides to find a peaceful resolution," the South Dakota Democrat said. "But until that time, there has to be a lot more tranquility, a lot more security and confidence than there is today."

Rendell clings to lead
Former Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell holds a narrow lead over state Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr. with less than a month to go before the Democratic gubernatorial primary, according to a poll released yesterday.
The poll showed Mr. Rendell with 45 percent of support, Mr. Casey with 40 percent and 15 percent of voters undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus five percentage points, the Associated Press reports.
Mr. Rendell's bid appeared to be buoyed by support from Philadelphia and its suburbs.
"Rendell is just cleaning up the floor with him around Philadelphia, and Casey is up everywhere else," said J. Bradford Coker, spokesman for Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, which conducted the survey for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The survey was based on telephone interviews from April 22 to 25 with 420 Democrats who planned to vote in the May 21 primary.
A poll earlier this month showed Mr. Rendell, 58, and Mr. Casey, 42, about even.
The winner faces Republican Attorney General Mike Fisher in the Nov. 5 general election.

On the left
"People for the American Way, the liberal interest group that has spearheaded some of the most intensely partisan attacks on President Bush's judicial nominees, has received financial support from several of the nation's top-tier media organizations, including the New York Times Company, Time, Inc., and CBS," Byron York writes at National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com).
"Annual reports from People for the American Way have listed those companies along with other media organizations like NBC, Disney (parent company of ABC), and America Online among its financial supporters. It appears that the media corporations, some of which operate their own charitable foundations, did not make direct contributions to People for the American Way, but instead purchased tables for $500 to $600 per seat at the group's annual fund-raising dinners in New York City," Mr. York said.
"A spokeswoman for the New York Times says the New York Times Company Foundation bought tables at People for the American Way fund-raisers in 1998, 2000, and 2001. The 1998 dinner, which honored Times chairman emeritus Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Sr., was also something of a celebration of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose husband was at the time trying unsuccessfully to fend off impeachment in the Monica Lewinsky matter. 'Several hundred admirers in formal wear cheered when the first lady arrived at their cocktail hour,' said an Associated Press account of the dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. 'The audience was obviously enamored of Mrs. Clinton.' (The dinners have frequently been celebrations of liberal politics; the year before the first lady's appearance, for example, the event featured filmmaker Michael Moore as its host.)"
A spokesman for Time said the corporation has changed its policy and no longer purchases tables at People for the American Way fund-raisers, Mr. York said. "But it appears that Time's decision is the exception, rather than the rule, concerning media support of People for the American Way."

Extremist agenda
"An extremist exists in the California governor's race. But it is not Bill Simon. Unlike the low-key businessman and philanthropist, Gray Davis is a high-strung ideologue, pursuing an agenda straight out of the pages of the Nation magazine." George Neumayr writes at www.americanprowler.org.
"Consider Davis' bout of extreme liberalism [last] week. Appearing with the racial huckster Jesse Jackson at a San Jose shakedown conference, Davis spoke about possibly extending reparations to minorities in California. 'Clearly, we want to right any wrongs and do justice to people who were taken advantage of,' said Davis.
"Playing up his liberal credentials to the Jesse Jackson wing of the Democratic Party, Davis noted that he signed the legislation commissioning the California Department of Insurance study on insurance practices that date to the days of slavery.
"Jesse was most appreciative. Davis and state Insurance Commissioner Harry Low, Jackson said, are 'laying out the predicate which will go a long way toward a national remedy of this crisis. If we correct a wrong, and make a crooked way straight, everybody wins.'
"Particularly him. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Jackson "said he would not expect reparations to be paid to individuals but to nonprofit groups, educational programs, arts facilities or other groups that help minorities.' In other words, him."
Mr. Neumayr added: "Sometimes the tension between [Mr. Davis] left-wing ideological sympathies and moderate political instincts yields comical results. Look at his recent support for granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens with the proviso that they only use them to drive to their illegally procured jobs. You see, he's no pansy in the war on terrorism. He isn't about to let them use their auto licenses to commit crimes."

The latest memo
"A new strategy memo from the Democracy Corps, a group founded by Democrat strategists James Carville, Stan Greenberg and Bob Shrum, is calling on Democrats to 'attack the Republicans very hard for the damage they are doing to Social Security that will block future solutions and for promising prescription drug coverage, but offering a meager caricature of it,'" United Press International reports in its Capital Comment column.
"'We should attack the rollback of environmental protections and the billions of retroactive corporate tax breaks, including hundreds of millions for Enron. Both of these actions reflect the Republicans' unstinting commitments to its corporate donors at the expense of the public. And we should attack the reckless budgets that will ring red ink for a decade and threaten to bankrupt our most important programs.'
"The group advocates an agenda centered on 'securing Social Security for the future and providing a prescription drug benefit for seniors. We are focused on a broad range of initiatives to address rising health care costs and to empower patients rather than HMOs. And Democrats want to cut taxes for the middle class.'"

Reid's response
Senate Majority Whip Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, says that chamber will begin work today on the trade-promotion authority bill President Bush wants the Senate to pass immediately.
Mr. Bush, in his weekly radio address Saturday, called for quick passage of the measure, which would require up-or-down Senate votes on trade agreements, with no amendments allowed.
Mr. Reid, whose interview on CNN's "Saturday Edition with Kate Snow" was interrupted by the president's speech, talked about it after it was over.
"The question I have with the president's speech, he talked about 140,000 jobs being created within South America. We should be concerned about jobs we're losing in America," said Mr. Reid, also the Senate's assistant majority leader.
"I would hope this administration would focus on jobs here in America. I think we should be more concerned about American workers than workers in other places in the world," Mr. Reid said.

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