John McCaslin

The U.S. Constitution published in Spanish?

Yes, and the Declaration of Independence, too (or the "Declaracion de Independencia").

The Cato Institute in Washington explains that because the number of "non-English-speaking citizens" of the United States continues to increase, it's decided to publish America's founding documents bilingually so they are "accessible to every American."

"The Founders drafted an extraordinarily thoughtful plan of government, but it is up to each of us, to each generation, to preserve it for ourselves and for future generations," says Roger Pilon, director of Cato's Center for Constitutional Studies.

The Spanish edition of the documents will be published in the same "pocket" format as Cato's popular English version - to "help new Americans and future Americans as they realize the American Dream," says the think tank.

Congress has refused on several occasions over the years to make English the official language of the United States.


Anybody miss Bill Clinton?

"While the former first lady and junior senator from New York (Hillary Rodham Clinton) is baring her soul on every channel from CNN to Animal Planet - reminding America of the most scintillating details of the Clinton years - Americans young and old can hear once again from (Bill Clinton)," says the California-based doll maker Talking Presidents.

That's right, the long-awaited talking William Jefferson Clinton political action figure is officially baring its soul this week, reminding proud Democrats and Republicans alike of the historical and hysterical moments of the Clinton co-presidency.

This column couldn't help but pick up one of the presidential collectibles. After listening to it speak, here, in our opinion, are the most historical phrases that helped shape the Clinton legacy:

"Last year, the vice president launched a new effort to make communities more liberal, ahhh liveable, liberal, ahhh, no."

"I experimented with marijuana a time or two and I didn't like it, and didn't inhale and never tried it again."

"I want to say one thing to the American people - I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."

"It depends upon what the meaning of the word is is."

Bill Clinton is the second in a series of political action figures by Talking Presidents ( ). It follows the release of the wildly popular talking George W. Bush action figure, 12,000 of which sold out in less than a week.

The toy maker expects the Clinton doll to be even more popular.


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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