Weighty issues.(NATION)(INSIDE THE BELTWAY)

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Byline: John McCaslin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Weighty issues

More than 100 female candidates from across the country attended this weekend's annual bash of the Women's Campaign Fund, the nation's oldest political action committee that supports pro-choice female candidates from Capitol Hill to Main Street.

We had to laugh at one attendee who summed up the event - which dished up "potato-tinis," mashed potatoes in Martini glasses, and brownies - as an "Atkins dieter's nightmare."

Fishy, all right

"Inside the Fishbowl" is the monthly newsletter of the Environmental Protection Agency Chapter of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). Sent to all EPA employees, the following two paragraphs are oddly juxtaposed in the October 2000 issue:

"NTEU supports Members of Congress who support federal workers and vote for issues of importance to NTEU. In Maryland, NTEU has targeted races in Districts 2, 5, and 8, backing Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny Hoyer, and Connie Morella, respectively. NTEU also noted that Representatives Cardin, Wynn and Cummings supported NTEU's position in 100 percent of the eight roll-call votes of particular interest to the Union. In Virginia, NTEU has targeted races in Districts 8 and 10, backing Jim Moran and Frank Wolf. Representatives Scott and Boucher supported NTEU 100 percent on roll-call votes, while Tom Davis (District 11) supported NTEU only 25 percent of the time.

"The Hatch Act bars federal employees from running for partisan political office, using their official position to influence election results, and wearing political buttons while on duty or in uniform or in government buildings. Federal employees also may not collect, solicit, receive, handle, disburse or account for political contributions from the general public."

Failing again

A new Gallup poll finds that 54 percent of Americans are "angry about something." The immigration-watchdog group Project USA is surprised it's not 100 percent.

"Every American should be furious with the revelation that Lee Malvo, one of the accused Beltway snipers, is an illegal alien ... who was released earlier this year by the Immigration and Naturalization Service instead of being deported as the law demands," it says.

"It is the latest in a long list of examples of the INS releasing illegal aliens into our midst with lethal results."

Instead of casting full blame on the INS, however, the group says the real object of public condemnation should be the Bush administration. It charges that the White House has a "slipshod and passive approach to immigration," and has failed to take the vigorous steps necessary to enforce immigration law. …