Neighborly Concern

John McCaslin

11/16/2007 10:42:20 AM - John McCaslin

Speaking to Inside the Beltway this week about the "closeness" of neighbors when you live in a building like the Watergate, the infamous landmark that the Kansas Republican moved into in 1972, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole recalled that during the height of another not-so-pleasant chapter in presidential history, a young woman named Monica Lewinsky lived in the condo right next door to him.

"Where was G. Gordon Liddy when you needed him?" the 84-year-old Mr. Dole cracked.

Naughty again

Yes, that's Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky appearing together again in the chapter titled "Lying" of National Public Radio host Peter Sagal's new and rather intriguing: "The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them)."

Not so inclusive

"Members of the Middlebury Open Queer Alliance demonstrated peacefully outside the Ross Dining Hall in conjunction with an information table sponsored by the United States Marine Corps on Nov. 13. The students protested against the college's allowance of such recruiting and challenged president of the college Ronald D. Liebowitz to abide by an earlier promise to hold a public forum on the issue of military recruitment at academic institutions."

Or so read the lead paragraph of yesterday's top story in the Middlebury Campus, the student weekly of Vermont's Middlebury College, where former President Bill Clinton delivered the 2007 commencement.

Recognizing Ted

That was AOL Chairman Ted Leonsis being presented with the Spirit of Service Award last evening by the Youth Leadership Foundation, which recognized his "personal, professional and philanthropic goals he has set and accomplished throughout his life."

Generosity aside, the goateed Mr. Leonsis is one of the more familiar faces at Washington professional sporting events, and for good reason. He's the majority owner of Lincoln Holdings, which is part owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. In fact, that was Lindsay Czarniak, sports anchor of Channel 4, emceeing the Fairmont Washington Hotel award ceremony.

Carrying on

The National Taxpayers Union and National Taxpayers Union Foundation have appointed Duane Parde, an influential force in political and fiscal policy circles, as president and chief operating officer of both organizations.He succeeds John Berthoud, a familiar voice in this Inside the Beltway column, who died suddenly in September at age 45.

A proponent of limited government, Mr. Parde was executive director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a bipartisan membership association for state lawmakers who share a common belief in fiscal restraint, free markets, federalism and individual liberty. He has authored many studies and legislative testimonies.

Playing fair

This week's House passage of The Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007 is being praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for "recognizing the need for limits on the Department of Justice."

"Prosecutors are not above the law or the Constitution," says Susan Hacket, the ACC's general counsel and senior vice president. "This is an issue of correcting errant prosecutorial behavior."

She says the bill was needed "to forbid abusive government practices that strip those targeted by a government investigation of their rights to confidential counsel."

"There is nothing in this bill that prevents the DOJ from prosecuting whomever it wants and using all the tools in its arsenal to conduct an investigation, get to the truth and prosecute the guilty. Instead, this bill demands that DOJ play fair in doing so," Ms. Hacket says.

She calls attorney-client privilege the oldest of the evidentiary privileges and the "cornerstone of our justice system." The measure now moves to the Senate.