Robert Novak

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's Washington-area book-signing to launch publication of her memoir will not be held at one of the capital's tony book stores but at a Wal-mart in the Virginia suburbs.

Clinton is scheduled at the Fair Lakes shopping center in Fairfax County Wednesday at 7 p.m. To schedule a marketing event for a $28-a-copy book at a Wal-Mart suggests publisher Simon and Schuster is going beyond the usual book-reading public to sell the million printed copies of Living History. Wal-Mart is based in Arkansas.

A footnote: Clinton, serving her third year in the Senate, is at the forefront of Democrats to an unusual degree for a junior senator. She has helped lead the apparently successful effort to extend child tax credits to people who do not earn enough to pay federal income taxes.


The only four senators who abstained from Wednesday's 62 to 34 vote supporting mandatory use of ethanol are the four senators seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Three have abandoned previous positions opposing government mandates for the corn-based gasoline additive.

Sens. Joseph Lieberman, John Kerry and Bob Graham in 1994 voted for then Sen. Bill Bradley's failed attempt to kill a Clinton administration regulation requiring more ethanol use, but now say they want to force increased use. The fourth senatorial candidate for president, John Edwards, was not yet a senator in 1994 and says he always has backed ethanol.

Ethanol is important in corn-growing Iowa, first on the presidential selection circuit. In 2000, Bradley flipped to support ethanol but still lost in Iowa to Vice President Al Gore.


William Timmons, one of Washington's most respected Republican lobbyists, was asked by the Pentagon to go to Iraq temporarily to help out. The idea came from Powell Moore, a Timmons protege who is now assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs.

Tom Korologos, Timmons's partner, is in Baghdad on a temporary assignment as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's eyes and ears. Timmons and Korologos were lobbyists in President Richard Nixon's White House before forming their own lobbying firm.

A footnote: Junior aides in the Bush administration are being asked to spend a couple of months in Iraq, and some have already arrived there.


Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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