- The Washington Times - Friday, January 17, 2003

Seeking Zell's seat
Rep. Johnny Isakson, Georgia Republican, is the first politician to announce he will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Zell Miller.
Mr. Isakson, who was elected to Congress in 1999 in a special election to fill the vacancy left by Newt Gingrich's departure from Congress and the House speakership, made his intentions known at a press conference Wednesday in Atlanta, Roll Call reports.
"Former Rep. Bob Barr, Georgia Republican, became the only other person on Wednesday to take a concrete step toward becoming a candidate in 2004, by forming an exploratory committee to evaluate whether to run for the House or Senate," reporter Lauren W. Whittington said.
Two other potential candidates, Republican Reps. Jack Kingston and Mac Collins, said they were in no rush to make a decision.

Jackson's story line
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, in a speech on Wednesday, said that New York's financial district was built on an "African burial ground" and achieved prosperity "on the backs of African people," Marc Morano reports at www.CNSNews.com.
Mr. Jackson made his remarks at the sixth annual Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Project fund-raiser in New York City.
Mr. Jackson also said discriminatory policies in 19th-century America attracted immigrants who were "looking for 100 free acres, the right to kill an Indian, and free labor."
One of the panelists at the conference sharply disagreed with the Wall Street Project's racial agenda and questioned Mr. Jackson's intentions.
"On balance, this event does not advance the cause of civil rights," said panelist Roger Clegg, general counsel for the Center for Equal Opportunity, a group opposed to racial preferences. "I think it's good for Reverend Jackson, but I don't think it's good for anyone else."
The 2003 Wall Street Project is being billed as "Equity for All: Establishing the Economic Agenda for Growth." The four-day event ends today.

Barr joins CNN
Perhaps seeking political balance, CNN has signed a contract with former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr to do political analysis on a regular basis for the cable network.
Founded by Ted Turner, CNN was once tagged as the "Clinton News Network" for what some Republicans thought was a fawning coverage of all things liberal and Clintonian.
From virtually the beginning of Bill Clinton's presidency, Mr. Barr was Mr. Clinton's nemesis in Congress.
Long before anyone heard the name Monica Lewinsky, Mr. Barr was the first lawmaker to seek a congressional investigation into the potential impeachment of Mr. Clinton.
"We enthusiastically welcome Bob to our air as a regular contributor," said Walter Isaacson, chairman and chief executive officer of the CNN News Group. Almost simultaneously, Mr. Isaacson announced that he himself would soon be leaving the Time-Warner subsidiary to head the Aspen Institute.

Hillary's new panel
"To a lot of observers, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's surprise decision to enlist in the Senate Armed Services Committee is proof-positive she lusts to be commander-in-chief," the New York Post's Deborah Orin writes.
"And some are pretty livid about it," Miss Orin added.
"'Oh, no,' groaned Elaine Donnelly of the conservative Center for Military Readiness. 'That's the worst thing I've heard in a long time. She's perfectly capable of using this to position herself as someone who is pro-military in a dishonest way.'
"But Donnelly credits Clinton with smarts for getting the coveted slot: 'The first woman president will certainly be someone who's strong and pro-defense in the mode of Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir.'
"She also wondered aloud if Clinton will push some controversial military policies from her husband's administration like letting gays serve openly in the military and putting women in combat. What about those hot-button issues? Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said Clinton 'looks forward to addressing these important issues at the appropriate time.'"

Fine fellows
Two former New England governors New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen and Massachusetts' Jane Swift have been chosen for fellowships at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government for the spring semester, the Associated Press reports.
Mrs. Shaheen, a Democrat who lost a Senate bid, will be a resident fellow, and Mrs. Swift, a Republican who dropped out of the gubernatorial race, will be a visiting fellow.
Resident fellows receive $15,000 for the semester, lead weekly discussion groups and live on or near the campus.
Visiting fellows receive far less, contingent on their workload, institute spokesman Gordon Li said. He said Mrs. Swift will get a "very modest stipend" and plans to work at the institute two days a week for three weeks.
Also chosen for spring semester resident fellowships at the Institute of Politics: Melanie Campbell, chief executive of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Martin Mackin, general secretary of Fianna Fail, Ireland's largest political party; Katharine Seelye, reporter for the New York Times; and Jim Ziglar, former commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Other visiting fellows are former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo; former U.S. Rep. Constance A. Morella of Maryland; former U.S. Rep. Glen Browder of Alabama; Jeff Blodgett, former campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota; former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk; former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial; former Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos; and former Israeli diplomat Zvi Rafiah.

Green crusade
"The days are long past when the Episcopal Church could jokingly be called 'the Republican party at prayer.' But the environmental movement, now more than ever, does represent the American Left at worship," Christopher C. Horner writes at National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com).
"The green crusade is now crafting a new way for its own troubling religion to pervert traditional faith. Having fought in federal court to deny its religiosity and thus continue its life-sustaining flow of taxpayer dollars the Down With People machine is donning religious vestments and teaming up with the Bush administration to tap the president's faith-based initiative," said Mr. Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and counsel to the Cooler Heads Coalition.
"CNSNews.com reports that 'EPA is informally seeking "ideas" regarding how religious groups who promote green causes like climate change and pollution controls, can qualify for the White House's faith-based funds.' The very idea of green evangelizing infecting Bush's faith-based initiative should raise alarm, since the movement has far more in common with pagan themes than with traditional tenets of faith."

Guest of honor
Actress Janeane Garofalo was the host and Bill Clinton was the guest of honor at a Tuesday night fund-raiser for Seeds of Peace, a New York-based organization that's brought thousands of young people from 22 warring lands to a Maine camp to learn peace-brokering.
About 1,300 guests paid $175 to $500 each also to hear the Barenaked Ladies, a pop band that received MTV's first Seeds of Peace award, the Associated Press reports.
"We can never find redemption in another person's destruction," the former president told his audience.
"No one ever gets even," said Mr. Clinton, adding that "people in power will have to embrace the common wisdom of Seeds of Peace."
"This is not useless idealism," he said.
As part of the evening's celebrity auction, Mr. Clinton offered to have lunch and an 18-hole golf game with the highest bidder who paid $22,000 for the honor. Officials did not release the winner's name.


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