"It is almost as though we have to redefine what America is. This is the most sophisticated brand assignment I have ever had."
-- former ad executive Charlotte Beers, now promoting America's image at the State Department, in the December 31 Washington Post
"We can put a man on the moon, but we can't retrofit a Ferrari. It's crazy."
- -Robert L. Johnson, founder and chief executive of Black Entertainment Television, commenting on the recent federal crackdown on buyer-imported supercars, in the January 6 Washington Post
Curious about how federal law enforcement agencies spend their time and our money? The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (www.trac.syr.edu) supplies the goods. The group tracks day-to-day operations at the FBI, the IRS, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Customs Bureau, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and -- thanks to a recent Freedom of Information Act victory -- the Department of Justice, all the way through the first nine months of the Bush administration.