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Streisand returns to concert stage for Democrats

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The latest from the political grapevine, compiled by the CNN Political Unit.

Streisand
Streisand  

Who could convince Barbra Streisand to end her retirement from the concert stage? Try Minority Leader Dick Gephardt. Streisand will perform at a September 29 fundraiser in Los Angeles for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Streisand sang at fund-raisers for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. But, as far as we know it's the first time she has performed to raise cash for House Democrats. The DCCC hopes to raise $4 million at the event, which will also feature a performance by Barry Manilow.

Keeping with the showbiz theme....

Lay
Lay  

Consider this bit of inspired casting. Actor and Democratic activist Mike Farrell, best known for his role on the hit series "MASH" reportedly has been tapped to play Enron chief Ken Lay in a TV movie about the company's collapse. According to the New York Post, the CBS drama will be called "Crooked E" -- a reference to Enron's now infamous logo.

Speaking of Ken Lay, one Washington reporter thinks Lay is the link between some of America's hottest political and business scandals.

Eamon Javers from Washington Business Forward magazine has found six degrees of separation between Lay and such personalities as convicted junk bond king Michael Milken and Worldcom chief John Sidgmore. Here are some of his links:

"We were sitting around the offices of Washington Business Forward magazine the other day talking about all the American political and business scandals that are going on -- Halliburton, Harken energy and Enron. They're pretty tightly connected but what we didn't realize until we started looking into it is that Kenneth Lay of Enron can actually be connected Kevin Bacon style in six degrees or less to just about every scandal that's ever happened in American business or politics. Here's how we did it.

Lewinsky
Lewinsky  

"Start with Monica Lewinsky for example. Monica Lewinsky received job advice from Vernon Jordan just before the sex scandal broke. Vernon Jordan sits on the board of Revlon which is headed by Ron Perelman. Ron Perelman was financed in many of his deals by junk bond king Michael Milken. Michael Milken lobbied in California for energy deregulation with Kenneth Lay.

Dole
Dole  

"Let's try another one. Bob Dole. Bob Dole hawks Viagra for the Pfizer corporation on TV. On the Pfizer corporation's board is Frank Faines. Raines is Clinton's former OMB director who is now trying to bring a baseball team to D.C. with Fred Malek. Fred Malek served in the Nixon administration. Nixon also employed Lawrence Eagleburger. Eagleburger later joined the board of Halliburton where Dick Cheney served as CEO. Dick Cheney later met to discuss energy policy with Kenneth Lay.

Downey Jr.
Downey Jr.  

"Of course, whenever you're doing six degrees of separation you've gotta do Kevin Bacon and Kevin Bacon can be linked to Enron CEO Kenneth Lay pretty quickly. Here's how we did it. Kevin Bacon starred in a movie called 'Quicksilver' with actress Jamie Gertz. Jamie Gertz was in 'Less than Zero" with Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. appeared in an obscure movie about a democratic national convention that was financed by Sam Waksal the former CEO of Imclone. Sam Waksal was colleagues with John Mendelsohn who sat on Imclone's board of directors. John Mendelsohn, president of the University of Texas cancer center also sat on the board of Enron -- with, once again you guessed it, Kenneth Lay."



 
 
 
 







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