- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Weighty issues
More than 100 female candidates from across the country attended this past weekend's annual bash of the Women's Campaign Fund, the nation's oldest political action committee that supports pro-choice female candidates from Capitol Hill to Main Street.
We had to laugh at one attendee who summed up the event which dished up "potato-tinis," mashed potatoes in Martini glasses, and brownies as an "Atkins dieter's nightmare."

Fishy, all right
"Inside the Fishbowl" is the monthly newsletter of the Environmental Protection Agency Chapter of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). Sent to all EPA employees, the following two paragraphs are oddly juxtaposed in the October 2002 issue:
"NTEU supports Members of Congress who support federal workers and vote for issues of importance to NTEU. In Maryland, NTEU has targeted races in Districts 2, 5, and 8, backing Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny Hoyer, and Connie Morella, respectively. NTEU also noted that Representatives Cardin, Wynn and Cummings supported NTEU's position in 100 percent of the eight roll-call votes of particular interest to the Union. In Virginia, NTEU has targeted races in Districts 8 and 10, backing Jim Moran and Frank Wolf. Representatives Scott and Boucher supported NTEU 100 percent on roll-call votes, while Tom Davis (District 11) supported NTEU only 25 percent of the time.
"The Hatch Act bars federal employees from running for partisan political office, using their official position to influence election results, and wearing political buttons while on duty or in uniform or in government buildings. Federal employees also may not collect, solicit, receive, handle, disburse or account for political contributions from the general public."

Failing again
A new Gallup poll finds that 54 percent of Americans are "angry about something." The immigration-watchdog group Project USA is surprised it's not 100 percent.
"Every American should be furious with the revelation that Lee Malvo, one of the accused Beltway snipers, is an illegal alien who was released earlier this year by the Immigration and Naturalization Service instead of being deported as the law demands," it says.
"It is the latest in a long list of examples of the INS releasing illegal aliens into our midst with lethal results."
Instead of casting full blame on the INS, however, the group says the real object of public condemnation should be the Bush administration. It charges that the White House has a "slipshod and passive approach to immigration," and has failed to take the vigorous steps necessary to enforce existing immigration law.
As for Democrats?
"To be honest, Democrats are no better. The Democratic Party remains as deaf to the wishes of the American public as the Republicans are."
A Worldviews 2002 survey shows 70 percent of Americans believe that controlling and reducing illegal immigration should be a very important goal of U.S. foreign policy.

Truth tape
The next Presidents' Day weekend will feature more than shopping discounts.
Former top advisers to Presidents Richard M. Nixon, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson will gather at the JFK Library in Boston to weigh the importance of secretly recorded White House tapes, not just of their bosses, but Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The practice of secretly recording conversations and meetings in the White House began in 1940 with Roosevelt, who wanted to ensure that he was accurately quoted by reporters during press conferences. The recordings stopped with Nixon in 1974.
According to the National Archives and Records Administration, the hours of tapes include eight for FDR; hundreds for Messrs. Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson; and thousands for Mr. Nixon.
Among others, former Nixon aide John Dean will discuss how and when he learned about the infamous Watergate tapes, while former first daughter Lynda Johnson Robb will reveal the decision to release her father's tapes.

Cinderella story
When she was studying dance in the Dominican Republic, Washington Ballet Company member Michele Jimenez never dreamed she'd one day meet and dine with Crown Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover.
But that's exactly what happened last week when she was honored with a dance fellowship at the 20th annual Princess Grace Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria grand ballroom in New York.
Miss Jimenez traveled to Manhattan from Washington by train to join the black-tie ceremony, which included 20 other scholarship and statuette recipients from all over the United States. The stunning brunette ballerina was congratulated by guests that included Sean Combs, Jennifer Grant (representing the Cary Grant Film Award), Lynn Wyatt, Yves Piaget, and singer Michael Bolton.


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