Inside the Beltway

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WOMEN AND POLICY

More women will march into Washington tomorrow, and while their numbers are far fewer than the 500,000 "moms" who marched here Sunday demanding tighter gun control, the 50 state legislators represent tens of thousands of constituents demanding women's equality in health care.

And if you get the sense that women's voices, when it comes to national policy, have risen to unprecedented levels of late, Democrat and Republican pollsters Celinda Lake and Linda DiVall both predict that candidates this November will be judged on their positions on women's issues, whether it be guns or health care.

The women lawmakers tomorrow will announce a nationwide bipartisan campaign to end what they call disparity in health care between men and women. While men may not realize it, the legislators say the current system provides less treatment for women with heart and other diseases, refuses to pay for diagnostic tests that could help save lives, and under-represents women in clinical trials.

MEN AND ROMANCE

"As a regular reader of Inside the Beltway I am dismayed to see you label President Clinton's sessions with Monica Lewinsky as `romantic interludes.' Mr. Clinton's eagerness to engage in adulterous behavior in his office with an impressionable young female subordinate, and then repeatedly lie about it, can and has reasonably been characterized in many different ways, but `romantic' is not one of them by anybody's definition.

"Sincerely, Mrs. Thomas E. Carnell, Fairfax, Va."

PLAYING WITH BILL

Here he goes again.

"Playing with the president was weird," Bryce Molder, the spring season's fourth-ranked NCAA golfer, tells the inaugural issue of Maximum Golf, which hits newsstands today.

The 21-year-old junior from Georgia Tech, who honed his game at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark., recalled a day not terribly long ago when he was paired with another Arkansas phenom, Bill Clinton.

"He shot about 90," reveals Mr. Molder of the presidential play at Chenal.

But ask Mr. Clinton?

"I think his score card said 84," Mr. Molder says.

Then again, who can blame Mr. Clinton for ignoring a few strokes. After all, he watched the Arkansas kid shoot 10 birdies and an eagle for a career-low 60.

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