- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2002

The Global scandal
Global Crossing Ltd., after filing for bankruptcy protection and getting delisted, faces an investigation of its accounting practices by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
Last week, the SEC asked the Bermuda-based telecommunications company for corporate documents and a letter sent by a former finance executive that raised concerns that Global Crossing and its auditor, Arthur Andersen, were misleading investors about the accounting for certain long-term leases.
The company acknowledged the SEC investigation in a statement Sunday.
Meanwhile, the legal group Judicial Watch has announced that it will investigate Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's ties to Global Crossing.
Mr. McAuliffe said he turned a $100,000 investment in the company into an $18 million profit during the late 1990s.
Mr. McAuliffe also reportedly did political work for the company's founder, Gary Winnick. Mr. McAuliffe set up a golf outing for Mr. Winnick and President Clinton. Mr. Winnick later donated at least $1 million to Mr. Clinton's presidential library.
Judicial Watch said it is filing Freedom of Information Act requests with various government agencies concerning Global Crossing and is considering shareholders' lawsuits against the entity as well.
"The big question is what did Global Crossing's Gary Winnick get as a result of his golf outing and million-dollar gift to Bill Clinton. Terry McAuliffe's astonishing profit reeks of potential insider trading, especially given his role in selling government favors for campaign contributions during the Clinton years," Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman said in a prepared statement.

Don't run, Hillary
By a better than 2-1 margin, voters nationwide think Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton should never run for the White House, according to a poll released yesterday.
The poll also showed that more voters nationwide are beginning to take the New York Democrat at her word when she says she won't run for president in 2004.
The poll, by Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion, found that about one in four voters think the former first lady will run for president in 2004. That is down from 36 percent who felt that way in a poll issued last March by the institute, based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Broken down by party, more Republicans (30 percent) than Democrats (19 percent) believe Mrs. Clinton will run for president in 2004.
"She remains, nationally, a person who still divides the country along party lines," Marist pollster Lee Miringoff said.
Mrs. Clinton has said she does not plan to run for president in 2004, but has not flatly ruled anything out beyond that.
Twenty-seven percent of voters questioned said Mrs. Clinton should someday run for president, while 65 percent said she should not.
That is statistically unchanged from the Marist poll of March 2001.
Democrats were about evenly split on whether the former first lady should someday run for president 44 percent said she should and 48 percent said she should not. There was no such uncertainty among Republicans, with 83 percent saying Mrs. Clinton should never run for president.

Six exceptions
Among the 35 House races believed to be the most competitive, only six challengers have raised more cash than the incumbents, Roll Call reports.
"The largest disparity exists between [Republican] Rep. Connie Morella and [Democratic] state Delegate Mark Shriver in Maryland's 8th District," reporter Chris Cillizza writes.
"Shriver raised $362,000 more than Morella from July 1 to Dec. 31 of last year. Shriver's war chest of $1.2 million dwarfed Morella's $575,000," the reporter said.
Challengers also have outraised the following incumbents: Rep. Tom Latham, Iowa Republican; Rep. Jim Leach, Iowa Republican; Rep. Ken Lucas, Kentucky Democrat; Rep. Karen Thurman, Florida Democrat; and Rep. Gary A. Condit, California Democrat.

Would-be presidents
"Voters be warned: The 2004 presidential election has begun," USA Today reporter Susan Page writes.
"Before most Americans have focused even on this year's congressional elections, the Democrats who would be president are quietly courting major donors, signing up organizers, meeting with powerful interest groups, dropping by states with early contests, and delivering big speeches on the topics they hope to make their own," the reporter said.
North Carolina Sen. John Edwards last weekend made his initial foray into New Hampshire, which holds the first presidential primary, on Jan. 27, 2004.
"More than a half-dozen other Democratic hopefuls, including former Vice President Al Gore, House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry already have been here," said the reporter, who was writing from Manchester, N.H.

Jackson's 'police state'
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat, referred to President Bush's address to the nation last week as "a police State of the Union speech."
Mr. Jackson, son of the famous black activist, made the comments on Black Entertainment Television's "Lead Story."
"I think what we actually heard in the State of the Union speech was the police State of the Union speech," Mr. Jackson told guest host Amy Holmes.
"Increases in homeland security, obviously necessary, and I'm supportive of the president's efforts to fight against terrorism in our country and around the world. But it's increasingly clear that it's coming at the expense of a number of necessary programs for Americans."

American Prowler
A new conservative-oriented Web site debuted yesterday, calling itself "a successor of sorts to the old American Spectator Online that suspended publication last summer in conjunction with changes at the American Spectator magazine."
The American Prowler (www.americanprowler.org) is edited by Wlady Pleszczynski, who served as publisher of the American Spectator before its sale and makeover as an essentially nonpolitical magazine.
"Building on the tradition of the former site, we will again provide daily scoops from the mysterious Washington Prowler and post reporting, reviews, and commentary by such mainstays of the old site as John Corry, Ben Stein, James Bowman, Jed Babbin, Dave Shiflett, and Francis X. Rocca," a notice at the Web site said.
"Editor Wlady Pleszczynski will compile a daily log, and R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. and Peter Hannaford, chief officers of the American Alternative Foundation, which is underwriting our new site, will contribute regularly. We will extend opportunities to young writers. Enemy Central will resume its intensive searches for an Enemy of the Week, and Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder will provide additional laughs. As we discovered long ago, life is too serious to be taken seriously. Why else would we be interested in politics and culture?"

About-face
"Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, has gone back on the pledge he made to voters when first running for Congress," United Press International reports in its "Capital Comment" column.
"In 1996, Tancredo promised he would only serve three successive terms in office. Tancredo's about-face is even more significant because he was, before coming to Congress, a leader in the state's term-limits movement," the wire service said.
"Tancredo says he no longer believes in term limits because they do not work as proponents had hoped they would. Sources inside the Colorado GOP say the move should have little impact on Tancredo's prospects for re-election."


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