The push by Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe to make New York City the site for the party's 2004 national convention is viewed with suspicion by Democratic insiders who worry about a movement to give Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York the vice-presidential nomination.
In sports they call it a "rebuilding season." That's when the previous coach has so thoroughly screwed up a team that a new one is enlisted to change everything from players to playbooks to practice schedules -- all while trying desperately to win a few more games than his predecessor.
Newdow, an atheist, claims his daughter must "watch and listen as her state-employed teacher in her state-run school leads her classmates in a ritual proclaiming that there is a God, and that our's (sic) is 'one nation under God.'"
A new report from the Federation of Tax Administrators shows that 17 states have raised their cigarette tax rates so far this year. These increases will exacerbate an already serious interstate smuggling problem, which has been linked to terrorist activity.
Beltway Beat spent this past weekend in Palm Beach County, Fla., where in a mock election Saturday (July 13), voters got to try out the nifty new $15 million computerized touch-screen voting machines - a vast improvement over the "butterfly ballots" of the 2000 presidential election.
In a stunning reversal, California's liberal Senator Barbara Boxer has come out in favor of allowing airline pilots to carry guns if they wish, while the Bush administration opposes it.
73 percent of the students said that when their professors taught about ethical issues, the usual message was that uniform standards of right and wrong don't exist ("What is right and wrong depends on differences in individual values and cultural diversity").