- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2002

Robertson's prediction
In a January broadcast of "The 700 Club" that has received scant attention, the Rev. Pat Robertson said that because America has not repented and turned away from sin since the September 11 terror attacks, more are on the way and that San Francisco and Detroit are likely targets.
The Virginia-based religious broadcaster cited several biblical passages that suggested heavenly punishment and destruction would fall on people who turned away from God, United Press International reports.
"People think their lives have changed," Mr. Robertson said. "The truth is people are right back where they were before. And although there's a small remnant who are really praying and seeking God and turning from sin, there hasn't been a sense of national repentance. We just haven't had that. We had a day of reconciliation, whatever that means, but we didn't have a day of repentance."
He also said: "Take this for what it's worth and no more than that. But I do believe that San Francisco is going to be a target and I think that Detroit is going to be a target."
He did not give a reason for citing those two cities but added, "I think something through ship" would be the way terrorists attack.
Shortly after identifying the cities he believed to be at risk, Mr. Robertson told "700 Club" viewers that "certain perversions sexual perversions for an example are being touted as a privileged activity and those who oppose it are being called evil."
Mr. Robertson also accused abortion-rights advocates of having "reversed the equation" by making those who oppose abortion seem "bad."
Mr. Robertson was criticized following the September 11 terror attacks for his apparent endorsement of remarks on the "700 Club" by the Rev. Jerry Falwell blaming homosexuals, abortion-rights advocates and feminists, among others, for having brought on the strikes that caused more than 3,000 deaths.
Mr. Falwell later apologized and Mr. Robertson said he had not understood what Mr. Falwell had actually said.

Pelosi vs. Dingell
California Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the newly installed minority whip, has picked a fight with fellow Democratic Rep. John D. Dingell of Michigan.
Mrs. Pelosi gave $10,000 via her political action committee to Rep. Lynn Rivers, who is likely to face Mr. Dingell in a Democratic primary because the Republican state Legislature threw the pair into the same district. Democrats are challenging the redistricting plan in court.
"Leadership sources said the $10,000 gift to Rivers from Pelosi's PAC to the Future has so rankled Dingell that he has chosen to cut back on his fund-raising duties at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in order to 'send a message' to Pelosi and the party," Roll Call reports.
Mrs. Pelosi's action "left many around the [Democratic] caucus scratching their heads," reporter Ethan Wallison writes.
An unidentified Democratic leadership aide said, "I hope this is a rookie mistake. It's extremely unhelpful to our efforts to win back the House."
Mr. Dingell was a leading supporter of Maryland Rep. Steny H. Hoyer in the latter's losing campaign to become whip, while Mrs. Rivers was a high-profile backer of Mrs. Pelosi.

Daschle vs. Bush
Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle "seems to be losing the love of home-state South Dakotans as he attacks Bush's tax cuts, tries to demonize him over Enron and bids to kill his economic stimulus plan," the New York Post's Deborah Orin writes.
"A new GOP poll in South Dakota, conducted by Basswood Associates, pits Daschle (a potential 2004 presidential wannabe) against Bush in a hypothetical contest. Bush wins big, 54 to 37 percent," Miss Orin said.
"Republicans claim Daschle is using the same approach that killed Al Gore, making Dems the party of gloom and doom while Bush sends out a positive message."

Bookkeeping error
Illinois Gov. George Ryan said yesterday that an excess $156,000 found in his campaign fund was the result of bookkeeping errors over many years.
"There isn't anything illegal or immoral here. It's simply a bookkeeping error that could happen to anyone," Mr. Ryan said.
The Chicago Tribune, citing unidentified sources, reported in yesterday's editions that a federal grand jury subpoenaed records of Mr. Ryan's campaign fund last week to look into the cash's origins.
Mr. Ryan said yesterday he knew nothing about the subpoena, but was not troubled by it, the Associated Press reports.
The grand jury seeking the documents is the same one involved in the investigation of a licenses-for-bribes scandal in the secretary of state's office when Mr. Ryan was running it. So far, 42 persons have been convicted on charges stemming from that investigation.
Ryan spokesman Dennis Culloton said he could not confirm that the records had been subpoenaed, and a spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Chicago declined to comment.

Giuliani and Arnold
Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani attended a screening of Arnold Schwarzenegger's new movie and said criticism of the film by firefighters, police officers and Colombian activists is premature.
"Let's see the movie before criticizing it," Mr. Giuliani said Wednesday evening outside the Ziegfeld theater in New York, where he attended the advance showing with former Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen.
The former mayor hasn't commented publicly on the film since seeing it, a Giuliani spokeswoman said yesterday.
In the movie, "Collateral Damage," Mr. Schwarzenegger plays a Los Angeles firefighter seeking vengeance against Colombian terrorists who killed his family.
Fire and police union officials have expressed concerns that Mr. Giuliani's appearance at the screening might appear to link a September 11 charity to the film.
In an initial press release promoting the screening, Warner Bros. said Mr. Giuliani would appear "in association with the Twin Towers Fund and Twin Towers Board." Mr. Giuliani set up the fund last year for the families of firefighters and police lost in the attacks.
Warner Bros. issued a new statement Wednesday, clarifying that Mr. Giuliani and the staff of the Twin Towers Fund were invited to the screening as guests, and not as sponsors, the Associated Press reports.

No free speech
"The American Conservative Union's Kerri Houston says she is afraid of Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain. She isn't losing sleep at night, but she is nevertheless concerned about why McCain thinks she should go to jail," United Press International reports in its "Capital Comment" column.
"Houston is referring to provisions in the campaign finance regulation legislation that McCain supports that includes jail time as one of the potential penalties. 'Under Senator McCain's bill, I could go to jail for publicly expressing my opinion about a politician within 60 days of an election. I don't want to go to jail. I do want to have the ability to exercise my First Amendment rights of free speech and petition.' If the McCain-Feingold-Shays-Meehan effort fails, Houston says she will be on her guard. 'What will McCain do next?' she says, 'Follow me around with duct tape?'"

Backing Chambliss
Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is scheduled to endorse Rep. Saxby Chambliss' bid for a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia at a press conference in Atlanta today, according to a press release from Mr. Chambliss' office.
Mr. Chambliss, a Republican and chairman of the House subcommittee on terrorism and homeland security, hopes to win his party's nod to take on Democratic Sen. Max Cleland.

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