- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Complete and candid?
"The people who are commenting on the content of the book have not read the book, so it makes it difficult for them to comment on the content. Those who have read the book are not commenting."
So says Robert Barnett, attorney to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, in a telephone interview yesterday.
And yes, Mr. Barnett says, he is one of the privileged few who have read Mrs. Clinton's long-awaited memoir, "Living History," 1 million copies of which will arrive in bookstores on June 9.
The lawyer would not entertain complaints that Mrs. Clinton has chosen to ignore the big blips like Monica Lewinsky that regularly consumed her radar screen, saying only "it is a complete and candid book."
"I think it is a fantastic book," says Mr. Barnett. "The main focus is the White House years … with nothing on the senatorial years or her future."
There will be a book tour, he adds, specifics of which have not been announced.
"Anything else you need?" Mr. Barnett asks.
"A copy of the book would be nice."
"You won't have it until June 9," he says. "With a million of them out there, you can easily get one on that date."

Double trouble
California readers from Los Angeles to Sonoma reminded us yesterday that Rep. Loretta Sanchez's battles with her Catholic faith didn't start yesterday when we reported that she and sister Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, both California Democrats, will address graduates of Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.
The American Life League is blasting both the Catholic Church hierarchy and the Catholic college for inviting the pro-abortion sisters to speak at the May 10 commencement, labeling it "despicable."
It was three years ago that Mrs. Sanchez, 43, came under heavy fire for scheduling a fund-raiser at the Playboy mansion to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. Catholic League President William Donohue immediately called on Vice President Al Gore to intercede, saying "Catholics have every right to object to this event."
Mr. Donohue noted that, among other anti-Catholic interests, the Playboy Foundation was a big contributor to Catholics for a Free Choice. Then again, who can forget Playboy founder Hugh Heffner bragging about the "nice, Catholic" twins he was dating?

Terrapin Times
A Jewish-American from Brooklyn, who stepped into the spotlight last year after spending the night in Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah while it was under siege by the Israeli military, arrives inside the Beltway today.
Adam Shapiro, a friend of the Palestinians, appealed to the Israelis during the bloody siege to allow medical help to reach the wounded Palestinians in Mr. Arafat's bunker.
Mr. Shapiro will address a University of Maryland event sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. The activist bunch recently constructed a mock refugee camp on Maryland's campus to give students and faculty "a glimpse of the harsh realities" that Palestinians face (no suicide bombings are scheduled).
Meanwhile, conservative students at the University of Maryland say they "finally have a printed voice" in the Terrapin Times, after its premiere issue hit campus racks Thursday. A variety of topics were covered in the first issue, including the debate surrounding the judicial confirmation of Miguel Estrada.
The newspaper was the recent recipient of a Balance in Media Grant by the Campus Leadership Program in Arlington, awarded to students who desire to launch alternative publications to "liberal-dominated, official college campus newspapers."

Rally hype
Speaking of alternative publications, the GW Patriot, published on the campus of George Washington University, reports that the media hype surrounding college antiwar protests was most likely that hype.
The large antiwar protests were noticeably absent on the nation's campuses during the weeks U.S. troops were engaged in Operation Iraqi Freedom, says the newspaper. Take the University of Texas at Austin: The school enrolls 49,000 students, but a campus antiwar ralley attracted 100 protesters.
Same story at the University of California at Los Angeles, home to 37,000 students. Yet only 1,000 showed up to rally against war as a means to liberate Iraq.

Missing families
A search is under way for the families of two U.S. military servicemen U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Donald Scott Carson of San Francisco, born Nov. 3, 1931, died April 15, 1963, and U.S. Army Pfc. William Joseph Scannell of Forest Park, Ill., born Aug. 28, 1948, died Sept. 12, 1970.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund says these two men and the names of four others will be added to the black granite memorial, known as the Wall, on May 11. It will bring the total number of those who were killed or remain missing to 58,235.
Anybody knowing the families' whereabouts is urged to contact the memorial fund at 202/393-0090 or e-mail [email protected]

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