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The Nation's Capitol Today – Then Norfolk, Va.!

Thursday, 09 May 2002 12:00 AM

The Boortz show is in Washington, D.C., today to broadcast from our Cox Radio bureau overlooking the U.S. Capitol – the source of so much of our misery. Then it's off to Norfolk, Va., to participate in our second WNIS Talk Fest 2002 at the Chesapeake Convention Center! We'll be broadcasting with Ken Hamblin, Laura Ingraham, and Tony Macrini! See you there tomorrow.

OK, Gang. The Talkmaster got up at 6:45 instead of 4:00 this morning. All the hassle of getting breakfast and finding a place to park at the Cox Bureau in Washington – no time to do the column. So ... for whatever it's worth, here are some of the raw notes I start with. They may or may not make any sense to you ... but they do to me, and that's what counts, isn't it?

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You got to wonder what they were expecting to find at the Nuwaubian Moors compound in southeast Georgia on Wednesday afternoon with over 200 FBI agents and 80 sheriff's deputies swarming the complex.

Apparently, Florida authorities first alerted the press and had been involved in the four-year investigation that culminated in the arrest of Dwight York, the leader of the United Nation of Nuwaubian Moors (also referred to as Master Teacher) and his longtime associate, Kathy Johnson.

They both face three counts of knowingly transporting children with the intent of having the minors engage in sexual activity. According to local TV reports, many of the agents camped out in the complex overnight.

York has claimed to be from a galaxy called Illyuwn and has prophesied that in 2003, spaceships will arrive and pick up a chosen 144,000 people for "rebirth." There's a large "For Sale" sign at the entrance to the large pyramid-studded complex near Eatonton, Ga.

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With Prime Minister Sharon sitting in the Oval Office, the suicide bombing in Israel continued, this time killing 16, including a number of people in their 60s. But as Arafat continues his claim of denouncing the killings and attempts to bring the murderers to justice (Bush called this "an incredibly positive sign," which must have stunned the Israeli prime minister), there are increasing calls to have him exiled.

"I vow not to be taken alive," Arafat said on Wednesday just as the Israeli Cabinet approved a response to the latest bombing.

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Luke Helder, the drive-by mailbox pipe bomber, confessed to 24 counts on Wednesday. Sporting a Kurt Cobain T-shirt at his arrest, he asked for one phone call to his parents, and according to police he wanted to know if his parents were still standing by him. It was his father who led police to arrest his son after letters indicated his son was possibly involved in the bombings.

The irony in Helder's arrest, however, is that he was stopped three times prior to the arrest for speeding and once stated to police that he "had not hurt anybody." He had not been identified as a suspect at the time and now, according to his defense attorney, is "anxious to have a jury trial" – as are many of the Midwestern homeowners he terrorized, I suspect.

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The Language Police are alive and well in Baltimore, where Melvin L. Stokes, a city councilman, has sponsored a resolution to ban the "N" word. Nine of the 19 members of the city council signed on as co-sponsors. Stokes claims the ban would "raise the consciousness in the black community" and said he was motivated to sponsor the ban after attending a hip-hop concert with his 18-year-old daughter.

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Maybe one of the most intriguing political questions of the upcoming election year will be whether voters will support candidates of Bush's personal Social Security plan versus the Democrat candidates pushing the current plan, shored up by higher taxes and pitiful benefits.

Seems the recent Enron debacle hasn't necessarily cowed the American voter, as two recent polls show, one of which was conducted jointly by Republican and Democrat pollsters. In one poll, 63 percent supported Bush's plan, and in the second poll 55 percent.

According to The Heritage Foundation analysis of the Bush plan, a 23-year-old making $15,175 per year would see a 22 percent increase ($965 vs. $1,180) and a 34-year-old making $46,380 would realize a 12 percent annual increase ($1,835 vs. $2,050).

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Scores of inner-city blacks are consistently scoring higher than their peers as a result of voucher programs, erasing almost half the "achievement Gap," according to a recent study in NYC.

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"We didn't exercise proper sensitivity to the history of the character of Todd," ABC VP of Media and Talent Relations in response to pulling a doll off its shelves, modeled after a soap star. The doll sports a scar on its right cheek, which the character received after attempting to rape a woman character on the show "One Life To Live."

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Democrats appear ready to attempt to derail more Bush nominees this week as they drudge up Clinton nominees who did not make the cut in the Republican-led Senate. Charles Schumer, R-N.Y., is leading the parade of past nominees today in a game of overt tit for tat, exactly one year since Bush announced his first 11 judicial nominees, of which only three have been approved to date.

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