Dick Cheney's stock options. Now here was a true non-story. As Lynne Cheney explained, the convoluted campaign finance and ethics laws are the culprit here -- forbidding the Cheneys from contributing any increase in value in the stock during their time in office directly to charity. It wasn't played that way. Now these matters occupied the press because Republicans on the defensive give them goose bumps. But if they insist on covering only small-time stuff, here is an alternative list that they might consider for major attention: The Clinton Administration entertaining donors to the Hillary Clinton campaign at White House overnights. Can't teach an old dog new tricks. The Gore campaign's rude treatment of a wheelchair-bound reporter in Michigan. Only after Chad Swiatecki filed a story about being bumped from the campaign bus when Gore visited an auto factory -- and forbidden to follow in his own car -- did Gore call and apologize. Gore's fund-raising shakedown. It seems the Justice Department has evidence that in 1995 Vice President Gore made no fewer than three phone calls to a wealthy Texas trial lawyer asking for $100,000 and promising a presidential veto of tort reform. Well, Bill Clinton did tell us that he never made a policy decision based "solely" on a contribution.