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Ex-Sen. Cleland teaches the ins and outs of politics

Question: An article about former Sen. Max Cleland's endorsement of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for president noted that Cleland is now teaching at American University in Washington. What is he teaching, and what are his qualifications?

Answer: Cleland is a distinguished adjunct professor to American University's Washington Semester Program. He also serves as a fellow in the university's Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies.

In addition to his academic credentials _ he graduated in 1964 from Stetson University in Florida with a bachelor's degree in history and in 1968 obtained a master's degree in American studies from Emory University _ Cleland's tenure in Washington makes him eminently qualified, said American University spokesman Todd Sedmak.

The Washington Semester Program features seminars with politicians, journalists, business executives, foreign policy experts and association representatives. Cleland knows it from the inside: When he was a student at Stetson, he spent a semester participating in the program.

While he was a senator, Cleland continued to talk to students and helped them with internships, Sedmak said.

As Sedmak asked, "Who better to tell the ins and outs of Washington politics than a former U.S. senator, regardless of your political stripes?"

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Just part of the job

Question: Will the police officer who captured Eric Robert Rudolph be considered for the reward money?

Answer: No. Although the FBI had offered a $1-million reward for information leading to Rudolph's arrest, it won't go to Jeffrey Postell, the Murphy, N.C., police officer who captured Rudolph on May 31.

It is the FBI's policy that rewards offered by the bureau aren't payable to sworn law enforcement officers, FBI Special Agent Joe Parris said. This is consistent with a majority of law enforcement agencies and it's understood in the culture of law enforcement officers, he added, because "they are doing their jobs."

Rewards are offered to encourage and motivate private citizens to come forward with information and to generate publicity on fugitives, Parris said. "The officer in Murphy certainly will receive appropriate professional recognition from the FBI, but not a cash reward."

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