- The Washington Times - Monday, January 22, 2007

Seeing how the other half lives

Things got a little rowdy tonight in the House as Republicans said Democrats weren’t allowing “regular order” that would give them a chance to offer amendments.

“It is tough being in the minority isn’t it? I feel your pain, I can assure you of that,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, laughing.

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

Words to remember

“In a couple of years he’s going to be pretty embarrassed that he ever said that,” Sen. Jim Webb, on Virginia Republican Virgil Goode’s comments about fellow Congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim lawmaker in the House.

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

Together with Obama

Wow. Lots of opportunists try to link themselves to candidates, but this one takes the cake.

This press release just crossed my inbox from a company touting Obama’s use of its online video capability for his presidential announcement last week.

“In the first online face-off in the 2008 Presidential campaign Barack Obama appears to be the winner. Obama announced his candidacy using a Brightcove player to syndicate his announcement around the web, turning blogs, websites and everyday citizens into affiliates for the Obama Broadcast TV channel.”

A friendly PR person, based in San Francisco, kindly offers to arrange an interview with a Brightcove executive for commentary. You gotta hand it to them for trying.

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

Hillary on abortion

On the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton staked out what she called “common ground” on abortion.

“All women must be able to make their own choices about their reproductive health,” she said. “At the same time, we must work for the day when abortions are truly rare.”

She noted that abortion rights have been “systematically challenged and family planning and contraception are under attack.”

She also touted the Prevention First Act, a bill she introduced that would increases funds for family planning, require health insurance to cover contraceptives and improve education about emergency contraception.

“These are common sense policies on which we can find common ground,” Mrs. Clinton said. “By taking these steps, we can realize the goal of making abortion safe, legal and rare.”

— S.A. Miller, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

Time to get fit

Now that Ken Mehlman has some extra time, he seems to be paying more attention to the little things in life.

A regular exerciser at Results the Gym on Capitol Hill, Mehlman was spotted this morning amping up his workout with a personal training session. Between weight lifting, the ex-RNC chairman gabbed about last night’s Colts win over the Patriots.

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana - whose own NFL team took a Chicago beating yesterday - took a few group personal training sessions at Results over the holidays.

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

Romney to march

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor eyeing a Republican candidacy for president, plans to mark the 34th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade today by joining the annual pro-life march.

“We must create a culture of life where the weakest and most innocent among us are protected,” Mr. Romney says. “While there are well-meaning people on both sides of this debate, no one can deny that when hundreds of thousands of abortions are performed every year, it should be a major concern for a nation as great as ours,” he adds.

“If we commit ourselves to promoting a culture of life, I believe that one day our nation’s laws may reflect what is in our hearts.”

— S.A. Miller, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

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