A previous version of this article incorrectly described Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) as the cousin-in-law of Michigan appellate judge Helene White. White divorced Levin's cousin, retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Charles Levin, in November 2006, according to the senator's office.
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Ye Shall Be Judged -- Not
In an interview last week on "Fox & Friends," Bush did allow that he tried to persuade Jenna to have a small ceremony and have a party later -- but no dice. "She wants the deal," the president said. "They are going to have the deal, and it's going to be fabulous."
Jenna, 26, who is marrying Henry Hager, the son of former Virginia lieutenant governor John Hager, offered a few more details in an interview with the issue of Vogue that hit the newsstands last week. She said the ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. in an effort to beat the Crawford heat, to be followed by dinner and dancing under a tent.
"It's my home. I was raised in Texas, and it just felt right," Jenna told writer Julia Reed. "It means a lot to Henry and me to be outdoors. We wanted something organic and low-key."
The president told Fox that a White House wedding was never in the cards. "It's not Jenna's style," he said. "She didn't want the whole world looking at it. So the ranch will be perfect."
Bush was at the ranch this past weekend with Jenna and sister Barbara. First lady Laura Bush will go there Tuesday to oversee the final preparations. "We will be laughing, weeping, hollering," the president said. "It's going to be a great time."
Tendency to Talk
Fran Fragos Townsend is going into the punditry business. Since leaving the White House as homeland security adviser, Townsend has been consulting for multinationals on crisis management, national security and other issues and been appointed to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. Now she has signed a contract to provide commentary on terrorism and national security for CNN, joining Tony Snow as another Bush administration refugee opining for the cable network.
Pressure on Sudan
Bush grudgingly signed a bill last December that would bar U.S. contracts for foreign companies that do work in Sudan's oil, mineral, power and defense sectors -- part of a congressional effort to isolate Khartoum and pressure the government to end the violence in Darfur. The White House has imposed sanctions, and aides thought that the congressional action could potentially get in the way of their own efforts to resolve the crisis.
So Darfur activists were alarmed that the 120-day deadline for implementing the new sanctions plan passed last week without White House action. White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe says there is no intention of evading the law: "OMB is looking into issuing regulations in the near future. It is a complicated process that they want to make sure is done correctly."
'The Time of My Life'
White House press secretary Dana Perino returned Saturday to her alma mater, Colorado State University at Pueblo (where she studied mass communications and graduated in 1993), to deliver the commencement address. "Believe me, I never once thought I'd be giving this speech one day, and I'm sure that many of my professors, some of whom are here today, would have believed it either," she said, according to the Web site of the television station KOAA.
According to the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper, Perino told the graduates that she has had "the time of my life in the White House." Perino said: "I've learned so much. I study every night as if I'm going to have a final every day for the rest of my time at the White House. If I mess up, I'm just not going to flunk; I could start a war."