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Bad Blood and an Empty Chair
Do Your Bidding
If Nadler or the committee chairman, John Conyers Jr., really wants to get together with Feith, they don't need lawyers or subpoenas. All they need to do is participate in a silent auction to have lunch with him. (Or they could bid on a lunch with former deputy secretary of defense Paul D. Wolfowitz or prominent Iraq war promoter Richard N. Perle.)
Yes, all three, plus former Clinton White House chief of staff John D. Podesta, former commerce and transportation secretary Norman Y. Mineta, and former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.).
That rather diverse group and several other well-known folks have agreed to participate in a fundraiser to benefit Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, which says it's a "nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to fostering the next generation of America's foreign policy leadership."
The fundraiser is Friday night at the City Tavern Club in Georgetown. Tickets only $35 ($40 at the door). Even an aide can put in your bids.
Missing-document alert! Edward Reddington, a lawyer for William "Jim" Haynes II-- who, despite a failing memory, condoned the use of dogs, hoods, light deprivation and other techniques on detainees -- sent an e-mail Wednesday afternoon to the Senate Armed Services Committee staff concerning a document that couldn't be found after Tuesday's hearing.
We have a missing privileged document that was taken to yesterday's hearing. It's possible that it was lost in the hearing room. It is marked as privileged and confidential on each page. We can't confirm yet where the document might be . . . Please let me know whether the staff has found such a document. If you find such a document, we'd ask that it not be read, and that it be placed in an envelope and sealed. Please call me in that event, and we will pick it up.
If any Loop Fans find this document, please do not read it. You don't want to cross Haynes. Just send it to In the Loop, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071
Hold the Pickles, Hold the Lettuce
The Los Angeles Times has caught up with "Curveball," the famously unreliable Iraqi informant, and interviewed him in Germany, where he now lives and apparently is not doing too well. Turns out he's been working, among other places, at a local Burger King, home of the Whopper. (Unless he made that up, too.)
He's Better With Nicknames
President Bush, back from his successful European tour, had a busy schedule this week. On Tuesday, he presided over a celebration of Black Music Month at the White House.
"I want to thank my friend [former housing and urban development secretary] Alphonso Jackson, and Marcia, it's good to see you," Bush said to Jackson's wife. "Appreciate you being here."
Bush also gave a shout out to " Rod Paige, former secretary of education, celebrating his 75th birthday today. [Applause.] You're looking good, Rodney." (Paige's official name is Roderick.)
According to the White House transcript, Bush noted that other presidents had recognized "the contributions of black musicians when many other Americans would not." He continued: " Benjamin Harrison welcomed the daughter of a former slave -- an opera singer named Sisseretta Jones. President Franklin Roosevelt called on the talented Maria Anderson to sing 'Ave Maria' for the king and queen of England." That's Marian Anderson.
This week's mysterious "No Peeking" memo -- generated after the Secret Service requested that organizations with windows facing Lafayette Park draw their blinds and stay away from the windows until 2 p.m. -- was sparked by a visit from Vice President Cheney. He was at Decatur House, which is on the park, for a Republican National Congressional Committee fundraising lunch.