John McCaslin

"Scott seemed somewhat choked with emotion as he delivered the news," observed Finlay Lewis of Copley News Service in Wednesday's White House pool report, referring to the resignation announcement by White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "It must have been the thought of saying farewell to our sunny personalities."


On Good Friday, Bill Press, the former CNN "Crossfire" and MSNBC "Buchanan & Press" political commentator who now hosts the "Bill Press Show" on Sirius Satellite Radio, happened to be standing on the emergency room steps of George Washington University Hospital when he suddenly felt ill.

"I felt like I was going to pass out," Press told The Beltway Beat on Wednesday. "It happened once, then twice, and I said to myself, 'Do I get back on the Metro, or do I do the smart thing and walk into the hospital?'

"When I had a third very serious episode - I had a very irregular and rapid heartbeat - I did the smart thing and walked into the hospital."

Before he knew it, the one-time chairman of the California Democratic Party was admitted. And instead of an ordinary room, wouldn't you know that the nurses rolled him into what the hospital commonly refers to as the "Dick Cheney Suite."

Indeed, it was revealed last week, the vice president in 2005 donated a considerable sum of money to the Cardiothoracic Institute at GW hospital, where he's been treated for his heart ailment.

"I had the Cheney Suite for five days," said the left-leaning Press, who had a pacemaker installed on Tuesday. "I suspected it was the Cheney Suite when I walked in and all TV sets were turned to Fox News. I knew it was the Cheney Suite when I found the shotgun in the closet."

Doctors have prescribed several more days' rest for Press - at home - before he gets back behind the microphone.

As he puts it: "It's a good thing Mr. Cheney didn't walk in while I was sleeping in his bed, or he would have really had a heart attack."


For much of the mainstream press, April is traditionally "climate alarmism month." This year is no exception, with one broadcast network distributing a climate model for personal computer use.

How reliable is this model, created by Oxford University's climate prediction center and distributed by the British Broadcasting Corp.?

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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