John McCaslin

The new talking Ann Coulter doll is outselling all talking presidential action figures made by toy maker Talking Presidents, the company's John Warnock tells this column.

And pick up some extra batteries for the Coulter doll, because when you press her button she speaks - in no uncertain terms - 14 different phrases.

"At least when right-wingers rant there's a point," she begins.

A conservative blond lawyer, this doll with a brain and backbone frequently sends the staunchest liberals running for the hills.

"Why not go to war just for oil?" she asks.

The Cornell grad is the author of three best-selling books, decrying everything from liberal press to the high crimes and misdemeanors of Bill Clinton. And she now has the honor of being the first female action figure produced by Talking Presidents (

Our green-eyed Coulter doll is clad in a single-piece black mini-dress, black high heels and gold earrings.


"I'll volunteer for the secret mission." -- Offer from a White House reporter to Bush press secretary Scott McClellan Tuesday, should first lady Laura Bush's possible trip to Afghanistan depart unannounced like the president's covert visit to Iraq.


The Iraq National Symphony Orchestra is coming to Washington.

The orchestra will perform at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. Its appearance will be co-hosted by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The National Symphony Orchestra will perform side by side with the Iraqi orchestra, which means Leonard Slatkin, the NSO's conductor, will be side by side with Mohammed Amin Ezzat, the Iraqi conductor.

Patricia Harrison, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, CultureConnect Director Brian Sexton and Kaiser set up initial arrangements for the concert during a trip to Baghdad in September.


U.S. Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson was a surprise guest (for security reasons, her appearance was kept a secret) at the Olender Foundation's 18th Annual Awards Wednesday (Dec. 3) at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. Johnson, who was shot and taken prisoner in Iraq, became the first black female prisoner of war in U.S. history. She received the foundation's first Woman of Valor Award.


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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