- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Married to Mary

Let's get this straight: Democratic Party guru James Carville is determined to put a Democrat in the White House in 2004, even if it means his wife, senior presidential aide Mary Matalin, will get thrown out with the rest of her Republican comrades.

"I'm outraged," says Mr. Carville, the former strategist for Bill Clinton.

Angry, he says, because President Bush plans to use recent Republican gains in the ballot booths as an excuse to push through an "ultraconservative right-wing agenda far out of the mainstream."

"That's just the tip of the iceberg for the Republicans," warns Mr. Carville, as if he's been eavesdropping on his wife, who is both assistant to the president and counselor to the vice president.

It "makes me mad and it should make you mad, too," he says.


Keeps on winning

Latest Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll:

•If the 2004 presidential election were held today: George W. Bush, 54 percent; Al Gore 28, percent.

•If the 2004 presidential election were held today: George W. Bush, 59 percent; Bill Clinton, 24 percent.


Two-way door

Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, who complained recently that the Bush administration is not doing enough to prevent terrorism, will be happy to read that starting on Monday male visitors to this country from an additional 13 nations will be fingerprinted and questioned at Immigration and Naturalization Service offices.

New homeland security registration rules apply to men 16 and older from a newly expanded list of nations: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

All visitors from these countries are ordered to appear no later than Jan. 10 to be fingerprinted, photographed and questioned "under oath" by an immigration officer. The visitors also must provide legal travel documents, proof of where they reside, and where they are studying and/or working.

Persons who fail to comply likely will be shown the door.


Chicken lobbyist

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc., which recently became this country's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, has opened its first Washington office, to be headed by veteran lobbyist Sara Lilygren.

Tyson last year acquired the nation's largest meat company, IBP Inc., and now domestically produces 1 in every 4 pounds of beef and poultry. Overall, it ranks as the nation's second-largest food company with more than $23 billion in annual sales, 120,000 employees and operations in 29 states and 22 foreign countries.

The meat and poultry industry operates under heavy federal government oversight, so having an office in Washington will make meat matters that much easier.

If the name Tyson rings more than dinner bells, Don Tyson, the company's retired chairman, remains one of former President Bill Clinton's closest friends. In fact, he was the top fund-raiser during Mr. Clinton's gubernatorial and presidential elections.

Mr. Tyson was once so intrigued by White House affairs that in the late 1970s he had his corporate office in Arkansas designed as a replica of the Oval Office. Instead of installing official presidential doorknobs, though, Mr. Tyson had his knobs shaped like chicken eggs.


More colorful EPA

The majority of minorities who continue to believe the GOP doesn't best represent their interests should take a look at what former Republican Gov. Christie Whitman has accomplished in less than two years at the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency.

In a memo to her staff yesterday, Mrs. Whitman notes:

•Twenty-two percent of participants recently selected for the Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program are "people of color, and almost half are women. Today, the number of people of color in the SES is at an all-time high."

•In the past 18 months, the number of people of color in federal grade 14/15 positions increased by almost 100. Of the new EPA hires since December 2000, approximately 33 percent are people of color.

•In January 2001, the backlog of Title VII complaints complaints by agency employees or applicants for employment that claim discrimination stood at 139. The backlog has since been eliminated.

•Approximately 99 percent of EPA's 1,600 managers and supervisors recently have completed a national civil rights training program provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Civil Rights.


Ouch

"Sir, I've been married 20 years."

Conservative pundit Tom Adkins, appearing on CNN's "Talk Back Live," asked by an audience heckler if he knew how it felt to be tortured like captured al Qaeda fighters.


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