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John McCaslin
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Posted: Jun 06, 2007 9:45 AM
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What Bush won't say

Lead paragraph in the German publication Deutsche Welle: "Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt called for an end to the 'hysteria' over global warming in the lead-up to the [Group of Eight] summit. The topic is 'hysterical, overheated, and that is especially because of the media.' "

Mr. Schmidt reasoned there's always been climate change on earth, "warm [ages] and ice ages for hundreds of thousands of years." To assume that global climate change can be altered by world leaders attending this week's G-8 summit, he said, is "idiotic."

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What 2008 presidential candidate isn't turning to the Internet for votes?

It was big news recently when New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton turned to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube to get nominations for her 2008 presidential campaign theme song.

Then there is former Vice President Al Gore, who is so futuristic that CBS News anchor Katie Couric has dubbed him "The Goreacle." Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is being seen by millions of young Americans on Facebook.

And that was former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson writing a letter not to the New York Times, but to the founder of PajamasMedia.com: "It's clear that all of you and our many friends across the blogosphere and on the Web are part of a true information revolution. That's why so much of my effort has been focused on talking to Americans through this medium."

Roger L. Simon, co-founder and CEO of Pajamas Media, is obviously pleased by the endorsement. He says Mr. Thompson understands the Internet's value more than most politicians, and that has helped propel him to second place among Republican presidential contenders in this week's Rasmussen poll -- even though he hasn't announced his candidacy.

Facebooking

Peter Daou, the Internet director of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, and Josh Orton, deputy "New Media" director of Sen. Barack Obama's White House bid, will share the dais tomorrow with Jeff Berman, MySpace senior vice president for public affairs; Chris Kelly, Facebook vice president of corporate development; and YouTube politics chief Steve Grove.

They're among participants of a George Washington University/Brookings Institution conference, "The Future of Political Communication -- Connecting with Young Voters," which will center on the Internet's rapidly becoming a mainstream tool for political communicators.

Women's club

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will cut the ribbon to Club 44 at 11th and H streets NW at 5 p.m. today.

No, it's not a new nightspot; rather, it's her presidential campaign's effort to identify and mobilize young female voters who support Mrs. Clinton's candidacy.

Ten-time Grammy winner Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and "American Idol" finalist Katharine McPhee will perform at the kickoff.

Bolton's back

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton has joined the Fox News Channel as a contributor, his first television deal since leaving the United Nations at the end of last year.

Mr. Bolton now hangs his hat at the American Enterprise Institute, where as a senior fellow he continues to focus on world policy.

Off to Mali

We see that President Bush is including Morgan W. Davis, chairman of Global Strategies for HIV Prevention, among the delegation to attend Friday's inauguration of Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure.

Mali, it so happens, has one of the lowest AIDS rates in Africa -- 1.7 percent -- and its government and international aid organizations are actively working to keep the country a success story.

Leading the delegation will be Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.