President-elect Bush's priority of confirming former Sen. John Ashcroft as attorney general is making it harder for Senate Republican leaders to keep opposing Richmond, Va., lawyer Paul Gregory as a judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
If George W. Bush hopes to create a more successful presidency than his father's, he will begin his term by recognizing the immutable Washington reality that there is no reliable way of gaining love and praise from the liberal media if you don't share their ideological bent.
Two weeks before Election Day, Gov. Mel Carnahan's private plane, in which his son and a pilot were also traveling, went down killing all three. For the Carnahan family, particularly Jean Carnahan, it was a blinding tragedy. For Sen. John Ashcroft, Carnahan's opponent in a tight Senate race, it was a most unwelcome shock.
On New Year's Eve, while most Americans were at home or with friends celebrating the advent of a new year, William Jefferson Clinton, with but 21 days left in office, picked up a phone at the Camp David presidential retreat and launched yet another effort to grant himself a legacy.
President Bill Clinton was recently voted the second most popular politician in Russia, edged out by former KGB agent and Russian president Vladimir Putin. But the American entry was tied for second place with Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, who still pines for totalitarianism.
Madonna has a new role model. No, it is not Donna Reed, in spite of the double ceremony (baptism, wedding) that took place in Scotland a few weeks ago. Madonna just loves preteen pop idol Britney Spears. "I love Britney," she gushed to Elle magazine like any starry-eyed fan.
"No patient should ever wish for death because of his physician's reluctance to use adequate amounts of potent narcotics." So said the psychiatrist Jerome Jaffe, later Richard Nixon's drug czar, in a 1966 pharmacology textbook. He put the admonition in italics.
Earlier this week, President Clinton issued a formal White House proclamation celebrating the first day of Kwanzaa. His announcement began with some claptrap about preserving "what we value of our past," and Kwanzaa being a "wonderful example" with its "focus on the values that have sustained African-Americans through the centuries.
The passing of a once-great business is often a time for nostalgia and regret, so the announced closing down of Montgomery Ward has provoked much media comment along these lines.
Edmund Morris has just proved that the defense of a lie can be worse than the lie itself. Morris, a biographer (Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan), was trying to defend Joseph Ellis, the Mount Holyoke historian who was caught telling whoppers in class about serving in Vietnam and playing a role in the civil rights movement.
Washington money-man Terry McAuliffe, who has never held public office or headed a party organization, is gliding toward the national Democratic chairmanship thanks to Bill and Hillary Clinton. That raises misgivings among the party's state leaders, but for the wrong reasons.
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