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CHECKED TO REAGAN

Efforts to rename Washington National Airport after Ronald Wilson Reagan remind us of when then-Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole wanted Washington Dulles International Airport renamed Eisenhower International Airport.

Mr. Dole introduced a resolution in 1990 calling on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to change the name in honor of the former president.

"Renaming the airport that serves the capital of the free world is a fitting tribute to Dwight Eisenhower," opined the Kansas Republican. "He is still recognized around the world as the man who helped save the world from tyranny."

Dulles was built during the Eisenhower administration, but Ike ordered it named after his secretary of state, John Foster Dulles. As a result, Mr. Dole noted, many passengers visiting the nation's capital from overseas confused Dulles with Dallas, and ended up in Texas.

Back in 1983, officials in Washington state renamed the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Henry Jackson. They dropped Mr. Jackson's name the next year, citing passenger confusion as far away as Mississippi.

For this very reason, unfortunately, Attorney General Janet Reno will never have an airport named after her, unless it's located in a certain corner of Nevada.

GOP POLYESTER

The most memorable line of the 25th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Arlington this past weekend came when Gentlemen's Quarterly writer Martin Beiser signed in at the press table.

"You must be here to cover conservative fashion?" wondered CPAC's Jared Adams.

"That's an oxymoron," Mr. Beiser replied.

JUST IN CASE

Despite White House wishes that the federal investigation of Monicagate will vanish like DNA on a dress put through the dry cleaners, don't count on it, especially when it's the target of the probe crying for a halt.

Given the current situation President Clinton has gotten himself into, Gregory McGinity, who spent four years in the Bush White House, decided it was time to dust off his copy of "Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments of Justice Samuel Chase and President Andrew Johnson."

Written by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the 1992 volume (Morrow Books, 303 pages) is an intriguing study of the only two impeachment trials in our nation's history.

"It is comforting to know," Mr. McGinity notes, "that our current chief justice - who would sit as judge if any impeachment trial came to the Senate - is well versed in the history of such things, just in case. …