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Dec. 11 - In a stunning political reversal, Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), Majority Leader of the next Senate, has embraced the teachings of Minister Louis Farrakhan in an apparent effort to reach out to America's Nation of Islam voters.

Farrakhan has long been stigmatized by mainstream politicians of every political persuasion for his oft-stated belief that separation of blacks and whites was the solution to America's race problems.

In embracing the half-century old political platform of the Dixiecrats as he did late last week, however, Senator Lott provided a credentialled mouthpiece for today's harried Nation of Islam voters--a constituency with whom Republicans have traditionally had strained relations.

The plan may have backfired, however, as mainstream politicians from both parties expressed weighty disapproval of the remarks, driving Lott to offer a public apology.

"The Senator was reaching out across ideological lines to find common ground," observed one Lott aide. "It was a bold step. He took a chance and he paid the price."

A spokesman for the Nation of Islam expressed tentative support for Lott on Tuesday, but qualified it judiciously: "Right message, wrong messenger," he said.

Aides claim Lott will try to atone for his mis-step and demonstrate his modern outlook by endorsing women's suffrage.

Today is National Holiday in Burkina Faso.

Teri Garr is 53 today. She shares her birthday with Rider Strong (1979), Jermaine Jackson (1954), Brenda Lee (1944), Donna Mills (1942), Rita Moreno (1931), Willia "Big Mama" Thorton (1926), Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918), Fiorello La Guardia (1882), and Hector Berlioz (1803).

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