- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2006

What men crave

The magazine JamesCarville’s hairstylist says he can’t wait to read every time he sits in her Old Town Alexandria chair to have his head shaved: Cosmopolitan.

Hairy Wolf

“Dad, don’t shave your beard.”

Expert (and daughterly) advice from Ilana Blitzer, assistant beauty editor for Self magazine in New York, to her father, popular CNN host and anchor Wolf Blitzer.

Seeing how the current issue of Esquire magazine paired pictures of her father — the hairy Wolf we’ve all come to know, the other doctored to show how he might appear sans beard — the 25-year-old Miss Blitzer assured her father that she prefers him just the way he is.

And in her case, how he’s always been.

“My daughter has never seen me without a beard,” Mr. Blitzer tells Inside the Beltway.

Bossy woman

“Have you heard the new voice of Metro?” asks public- relations mogul and former Ronald Reagan aide Peter Hannaford, referring to Randi Miller, the 44-year-old Woodbridge woman whose voice was chosen from among 1,259 contestants to warn Washington subway riders when sliding doors are opening and closing.

Suffice it to say, Mr. Hannaford isn’t impressed.

“Very authoritative. Very bossy. She missed her calling,” he opines. “She should be the straw boss on one of those Metro escalator-repair crews.”

OK, no way

In the “It’s My Show, and I’ll Say What I Believe” category, we turn to MSNBC’s “The Situation with Tucker Carlson,” when the bow-tied host last week introduced former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who had just confronted Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in Atlanta about the existence of evidence leading to the war in Iraq.

Began Mr. Carlson: “That was the extraordinary scene earlier today when a heckler confronted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about the war in Iraq, but he wasn’t just any heckler. Ray McGovern is a 27-year veteran of the CIA. He was the daily briefer to President Ronald Reagan during Reagan’s first term. He joins us tonight from Atlanta. Mr. McGovern, welcome.”

“Well, Tucker, I resent the word ‘heckler.’ I’d like you to take that back,” Mr. McGovern said.

“OK, I’m not taking it back,” Mr. Carlson assured him.

Gone private

Christina Erland Culver has left her post at the Education Department and joined the education practice of Dutko Worldwide, one of Washington’s most powerful lobbying firms.

Among her several positions dating back to the first Bush administration, Miss Culver most recently was deputy assistant secretary in the department’s Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs, concentrating on education reform and strategy, including the “No Child Left Behind Act” signed by President Bush in January 2002.

She also served as vice president for public affairs at Children First America, which supports scholarship programs for low-income families.

Intern call

Anybody care to follow in MonicaLewinsky’s footsteps?

Please, we are only trying to get your attention.

Parents, these days at least, can be assured that the White House Internship Program offers unique opportunities to serve the president of the United States, while exploring public service as a potential career.

Candidates who are U.S. citizens (sorry, aliens) and at least 18 years of age can apply for summer, fall or spring sessions. Applications (www.whitehouse.gov/government/wh-intern) for the Fall 2006 term are due June 16.

Man and Katrina

Now it’s Uncle Sam’s own scientists declaring that human activity — namely, greenhouse-gas emissions into the atmosphere — is thought to be “strongly” contributing to the increasing number of hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Federal scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory report that the region in the tropical Atlantic where hurricanes tend to originate — the Cape Verde Islands — warmed enough over the 20th century to add fuel to the hurricane-formation process.

“This very long-term increase in temperature [several tenths of a degree Celsius] may seem small, but … many scientists now believe [it] contributes strongly to an increase in hurricane activity in the Atlantic,” reports NOAA’s Thomas Knutson, a senior research meteorologist at the laboratory.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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