- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 26, 2003

White House expresses confidence in Santorum

The White House said Republican Sen. Rick Santorum is doing a good job as party leader and is an "inclusive man," despite his remarks on homosexuality.

"The president has confidence in the senator and believes he's doing a good job as senator" and in his No. 3 Senate Republican leadership post, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said yesterday .

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Mr. Santorum compared homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery. He also said the right to privacy does not exist in the Constitution.

"The president believes the senator is an inclusive man. And that's what he believes," Mr. Fleischer said.

Giuliani sets May wedding date

NEW YORK Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani will be married next month for the third time, to Judith Nathan, in his former official residence in New York, his spokeswoman said Friday.

The couple will be wed May 24 by Mr. Giuliani's successor as mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, at Gracie Mansion, spokeswoman Sunny Mindel said.

"They're ecstatic," Miss Mindel told local news outlets. "It's a very happy moment."

Mr. Giuliani's ex-wife had barred Miss Nathan from visiting Gracie Mansion during a yearlong divorce.

Mississippi cleans up after massive storm

BRANDON, Miss. Armed with chain saws and shovels, residents began cleaning up yesterday from a massive storm that injured more than 20 people and destroyed or damaged 120 homes.

The storm moved across the state Thursday night, snapping trees at midtrunk and leaving utility lines dangling across streets. At one point 7,500 people were without power, but that figure was down to about 700 yesterday.

The storm moved east, destroying at least two homes in west-central Alabama, officials said. A tornado was spotted in the area, but no injuries were reported.

Document request exposes rift on panel

One member's attempt to review confidential transcripts exposed a rift yesterday within the independent commission examining the September 11 attacks.

Tim Roemer, a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, criticized the panel's leaders for not demanding immediate and total access to documents compiled during a congressional inquiry into the terrorist attacks.

The commission's executive director, Philip Zelikow, said the panel will obtain unfettered access.

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