John McCaslin

One thing that has become apparent within the Bush White House is that not everybody agrees with everybody all the time.

Heck, even President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have their differences. Take the hot-button issue of same-sex "marriage."

Tuesday, on CNN's "Wolf Blitzer Reports," Cheney was reminded of his previously stated position that such untraditional marriages should be regulated by the states rather than "federal policy."

"So you still believe that?" Blitzer asked.

"The president's made a decision, partly because of what's happened in Massachusetts and San Francisco, that the administration will support a constitutional amendment. And, uh, that's his decision to make," replied Cheney.

"And you support it?" the host tried again.

"I support the president," Cheney reiterated. "I never discuss the advice I provide him with anybody else. That's always private. He makes the decisions. He sets policy for the administration. And, uh, I support him and the administration."


He serves on the post-Sept. 11 Homeland Security Committee, but it was a terrorist assault on Capitol Hill a half-century ago that Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, remembers today.

Fifty years ago this week - on March 1, 1954 - four Puerto Rican nationals armed to the hilt entered the House gallery.

"As then-Speaker Joseph W. Martin Jr. concluded tallying the 'aye' votes on a Mexican immigrant-labor program, (the) Puerto Rican nationalists stood up and began waving a Puerto Rican flag and firing at the floor," Camp recalls. "The terrorists eventually shot approximately 30 rounds before being apprehended."

The most severely injured was Rep. Alvin M. Bentley, who represented Michigan communities Camp represents today. Others injured included Congressmen George H. Fallon of Maryland, Ben F. Jensen of Iowa, Kenneth A. Roberts of Alabama, and Clifford Davis of Tennessee.


More on our earlier item about the Democratic National Committee adding 3 million U.S. teachers to the State Department's list of foreign terrorists that includes al Qaeda and Hamas - doing so after Education Secretary Rod Paige described the National Education Association (NEA) as a "terrorist organization."

"How nice to see by the DNC publication of terrorist groups that the rhetorically restrained liberals no longer refer to the Hezbollah, Taliban or Fedayeen wings of the Republican Party," conservative pundit Christopher Horner writes to this column.

"Has President Bush succeeded in changing the tone in Washington?" he asks.

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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