John McCaslin

New York-based reporter and pundit John Podhoretz said George W. Bush is perhaps the most personally conservative individual to hold the presidency in modern times.

"He is a teetotaler, an ex-smoker, a relentless exerciser, a punctilious man who goes to bed at 9:30 every night after spending 15 minutes reading an entry in his Tyndall House Page-A-Day Bible," Podhoretz wrote. "He doesn't like movies with cursing in them. (He does swear like a sailor in private, as his father did, but will not take the Lord's name in vain). And he prays daily for guidance."

And in his soon-to-be released book, "Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane" (St. Martin's Press), Podhoretz will attempt to shatter the "liberal myth" that Bush is also "a liar."

The author will argue that the possibility Iraq obtained large stores of uranium from Niger, as reported by British intelligence and cited by Bush in the 2003 State of the Union address, was credible at the time.

Former CIA official Joseph Wilson claimed that the information was exaggerated to support going to war against Iraq.

"That the United States might choose to accept the conclusions of British intelligence rather than the conclusions of Joseph Wilson does not mean we went to war under false pretenses," Podhoretz wrote. "The very fact that Wilson could claim such a thing is evidence either of vanity run amok or - what is clearly the case - a political and ideological mission to invalidate the war with Iraq after the fact."


If man is to reach Mars, then it shouldn't just be any man.

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), a member of the House Rules Committee, has taken to the floor the "NASA Workforce Flexibility Act," which authorizes NASA to offer incentives to valued current and prospective employees to ensure that when America heads farther into space, the industry's best and brightest are on board.

Specifically, the act would authorize "recruitment, relocation and retention bonuses" as an incentive to NASA employees, grant "term appointments" to the most valued scientific minds, and afford NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe the ability to provide "pay increases" to those in critical positions and with superior qualifications.

"It is our responsibility to ensure that this essential program will attract the best and brightest scientists, from any background, and I believe this legislation helps to achieve this end," says the congressman.


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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