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What's the Opposite of 'Mainstream'?

Sean McCormack of the State Department invited the real people outside the press corps to question him via YouTube.
Sean McCormack of the State Department invited the real people outside the press corps to question him via YouTube. (Images From Youtube)
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Dow, starting to get agitated, told McCormack that "the officers of the U.K. royalist fascist police state do abuse good, patriotic, clever people over here, and I know to my own cost. So my question is this, Sean: Why don't you help us get the British, Scottish, Welsh, English republics clever presidents instead of a stupid U.K. monarch, and why have American presidents been so helpful to the U.K. monarchy [photo of President Bush smiling at Queen Elizabeth appears] and so unhelpful to British Republicans?"

McCormack promised to have answers up today. William the Bus Driver and Peter the Patriot will want to know.

Could be McCormack wishes he still had that filter.

A Junket in Ruins

Terrible news for lovers of fish and wildlife. Remember that spectacular week-long trip that 28 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials were taking to Mexico to see the Mayan ruins and the rain forest and the famous butterfly reserve? Not gonna happen.

An e-mail yesterday from Deputy Director Rowan Gould informed top officials that Director Dale Hall"has decided to postpone the . . . meeting scheduled for the week of November 17 in Mexico." The problem, we were told, was that despite many months of planning, it was just discovered that not all of the top FWS folks would be able to go. "At the same time, some of the key players . . . within Mexico were not able to attend," the e-mail said. "Therefore, we have decided to postpone the meeting with Mexico until another time," Hall said. "Our Mexican partners have been informed of our change in plans, and we will continue to discuss the best opportunity to meet with them in the future." That means next year, after Hall has retired and Assistant Interior Secretary Lyle Laverty has probably moved on.

But a headquarters meeting on Dec. 18 to talk about transition matters will also include a one-day gathering of the topmost officials. "We will get out more information shortly about logistics and agenda items for that one-day meeting."

One day in Arlington instead of a week in Mexico?

One Vote for Stevens

And now, an answer to the question posed in yesterday's On the Hill column about whether convicted felon Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) retains the right to vote for himself on Tuesday.

Alaska law prohibited "a person convicted of a crime that constitutes a felony involving moral turpitude" from voting, so maybe Stevens could run for the Senate but not vote? Our colleague Del Quentin Wilber, who covered the trial, asked Gail Fenumiai, the state's top election official, who said she was awaiting a ruling from state lawyers on this question.

Fenumiai e-mailed yesterday. "The Department of Law has determined that until a final judgment and sentence has been entered by the federal court in his case, Senator Stevens is eligible to vote in the November 4 General Election."

Tricky Pick

Speaking of Stevens, his fellow lawmaker, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), himself under investigation, offered an unusual endorsement, comparing the senator to Richard Nixon.

"I can remember Richard Nixon, you know, his years of service, what he's done, and everybody [was] ridiculing him, and he ended up being the greatest president in the history of our century. . . . The senator will be re-elected. He will appeal it. When he does go, he will win it because there's no way this is a jury of his peers," Young told the Anchorage Daily News.

Nixon? Greater than Reagan? Roosevelt? Harding?

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