And now the most compelling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Few Accusations Across the Nation
Arab-American groups have complained of a wave of violence and discrimination in the aftermath of Sept. 11. But it apparently has not happened. Jim Edwards of the New Jersey Law Journal reports that in that state, with its large Arab community, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has tracked only 11 complaints. Nationally, there have been only 488. The commission says about 60 percent of such claims are found to be baseless and that percentage seems to be holding with these cases. The article quotes one New Jersey lawyer who specializes in such cases as saying, "If there is a rising tide, we're gonna know it. Basically we're not seeing anything."
Donkeys Asks Bush to Take a Ride
Democrats up for re-election this fall are turning to an unlikely ally in their campaigns — President Bush. A good example is Democrat Max Baucus of Montana, who's using an ad showing himself at the signing of the Bush tax cut. Others including liberal Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, and House member Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota are using the president's name and voice in ads. Jim Jordan of the Democrats' campaign committee told the Washington Post that using Bush is "counterintuitive and seems less political."
Quite a Correction
The Beijing Evening News has apologized to its readers for reporting that members of Congress were threatening to move the U.S. Capitol to another city unless a new building was built. The problem was that the source of the story was the satirical American Web site The Onion, which ran the mock story complete with a spoof drawing of a new Capitol with a stadium foundation and a retractable roof. In apologizing the Beijing paper still seemed not to get it that The Onion is satire, complaining that it "is a publication that never ceasing making up false reports."
Funding His Fury
Georgia Democratic Senator Zell Miller has put some of his money where his mouth has been regarding Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. McKinney, you'll recall, has accused President Bush of having advance knowledge of the 9/11 atrocities and doing nothing about them. Miller has described that as "loony" and he's now contributed $1,000 to her opponent in the Democratic primary. The opponent, state Judge Denise Majette, was slightly ahead in a recent poll.