Washington Diarist: Survivor
August 11, 2003
There's still no definitive answer to the question, "What do you give the man who has everything?" But there does appear to be some consensus about what to give the man who has testicular cancer. Which is why last November, after I was diagnosed with the disease, I became the owner of several copies of Lance Armstrong's autobiography, It's Not About the Bike. Armstrong is the poster boy for testicular cancer.
Burden of Proof
May 12, 2003
As the Bush administration crows over its military success in Iraq, it still faces one nagging question: Why can't it find any weapons of mass destruction (WMD)? After all, the Bushies' absolute certainty that Saddam Hussein had a massive arsenal of illegal weapons was the purported number-one reason for taking out the Iraqi dictator in the first place. Iraq "possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons," President Bush declared last October. On February 5, in a presentation to the U.N.
March 10, 2003
John Kerry may have rushed to the head of the Democratic presidential pack. But, according to many White House observers, it's the other John--former trial lawyer and current North Carolina Senator John Edwards--whose candidacy keeps Karl Rove awake at night. Which is undoubtedly why President Bush is making such an issue out of medical malpractice lawsuits these days.
At Home Abroad
December 23, 2002
There was a time when Sharif Ali bin Al Hussein spent many of his days in Baghdad's Al Rihab Palace, home of the Iraqi royal family. And, though Saddam Hussein has since turned the palace into a notorious prison--Iraqis today call the building the "Palace of the End"--Sharif Ali, one of the last surviving members of the royal family, has settled into suitably regal accommodations in London. There, in a five-bedroom, mansion-block flat near Holland Park, surrounded by expensive artwork and silver-framed, sepia-toned photos of his Hashemite relatives, the man who would be Iraq's king bides his t
September 30, 2002
> For more than a year Bill McBride touted himself as the man who could fulfill Florida Democrats' wildest dream: He could beat Jeb Bush. "I've sized him up," McBride would say in his folksy drawl as he stumped for votes in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary. "I can take him." A combat-decorated Marine veteran and former managing partner of Florida's largest law firm, McBride didn't lack for confidence--he believed it when he said he could beat the Republican incumbent and presidential brother. The problem was, his fellow Democrats didn't.
September 09, 2002
Erskine Bowles likes to say that he is not a politician--which might seem strange considering that he's running to replace Jesse Helms as a U.S. senator from North Carolina. But watching Bowles campaign at a nursing home outside of Greensboro one recent summer morning, it was easy to understand his oft-repeated disclaimer. Several dozen seniors were gathered in the facility's dreary dining room, more than a couple of them nodding off despite the breakfast cleanup loudly taking place in the adjoining kitchen.
September 02, 2002
On a recent Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams was standing on the corner of Seventh Street and New York Avenue shaking hands with attendees at a labor rally. The mayor was there--in a bright- yellow hard hat, no less--for an announcement by the local chapter of the AFL- CIO that it was endorsing his bid for a second term. And as Williams stood a little bit stiffly on a makeshift dais awaiting his turn to speak, the local AFL-CIO chief ticked off everything labor planned to do for the mayor's reelection campaign.
August 05, 2002
Priscilla Owen, the Texas Supreme Court justice whom President George W. Bush has nominated to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, is an anti- abortion zealot. As a member of Texas's high court, Owen consistently voted to deny judicial bypasses to pregnant teenagers who sought abortions without notifying their parents. Of the ten pregnant teens who appealed to the Texas Supreme Court for a bypass, Owen opposed granting it to nine of them, often by constructing far tougher standards than Texas law required.
May 20, 2002
In the hierarchy of famous dates, May 9 rates pretty low--its biggest claim to fame came in 1960, when the Food and Drug Administration approved the world's first commercially produced birth-control pill. But among Republicans, May 9 has become very significant. The reason? On May 9, 2001, President George W. Bushnominated his first eleven candidates for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
May 13, 2002
On a clear day, when the sun shines so brightly that the Kentucky bluegrass actually looks just a little bit blue, Arthur Hancock can stand atop one of Bourbon County's rolling hills and survey a good portion of the 2,000 acres he calls Stone Farm. He can see the low-slung barns; the tall ash and oak trees; the miles of wooden fence; and, most importantly, the horses. Stone Farm has more than 200 of them—mares looking after their foals, yearlings grazing together, stallions prancing in their private paddocks.