THE SAUNA JOURNAL WASHINGTON SUNDAY, APRIL 15. 2001 AB Bush confidante balances work with family life Counselor to president is most senior female aide to any modern American president By SANDRA SOBIERAJ The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Karen Hughes grits her teeth at the old feminist slogan about "having it all." But, arguably, she does; the ear of the president, an all-access pass into the Oval Office and that most elusive of prizes in workaholic Washington — family time. As counselor to President Bush, Hughes, 44, is the most senior female aide to any modern American president and, in a White House where strategy centers on image and tone, the most influential. She is, she said in a recent interview, under Bush's' orders to be in every White House meeting "where major decisions are made." She reviews and often rewrites every statement he is due to make. She travels with him to make sure pictures of his road trips match the manages the 42 aides who staff the communications, press secre- HUGHES message. She tary, speechwriting and media affairs offices. Once a week at the unlikely hour of 5:30 p.m., she leaves her corner West Wing office and goes home for what she and son Robert, 13, call their "midweek moment," named after a program at their old church in Texas. "I was looking for a way to say, 'You can count on me spending time with you,' " Hughes said. Juggling career, motherhood She won such flexibility from Bush before agreeing to move with him from Austin, Texas, to the White House, she said. "I told him, 'You know I'm always going to get my job done ... But I'm not going to work every weekend, and I'm not going to be there just to make a show of being there when there's not important work to do.' " In this, Hughes, who "home- schooled" Robert on Bush's campaign plane last year, has become a trendsetter. Juggling a White House career with motherhood "is now plausible and possible, and Karen shows everybody how, and by doing it, it affects the culture," said vice presidential adviser Mary Matalin, mother of two preschoolers. "It's one thing to say we'r6 family-friendly but if you didn't see it happening — and happening at the top, where Karen is — you wouldn't be able to walk the walk." • ; Hughes manages the balancing act because she does not waste time stewing or chewing the fat, "If she blows up, she lets you know, and then 10 minutes later, we're working on something else and she's fine," said her deputy, DanBartlett. T TAX ADVOCATE People have advocate with IRS By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Midnight Monday is the tax deadline for most people, but it's tax time year-round for Nina Olson. There's that single mom trying to convince the Internal Revenue Service that her children really live with her, not her ex- husband. There's a grandmother wringing her hands over an unexpected tax bill on her pension. There's the smaU businessman who wants to pay his back taxes on the installment plan. As national taxpayer advocate, Olson works to resolve cases at an agency that is striving for a kinder and gentler image. Her office at the IRS buUding on Constitution Avenue is just paces down a shiny marbled hallway from the office of IRS OLSON Commissioner Charles Rossotti. Olson's $125,000-a-year job at the IRS is to help fix tax problems that have not been resolved through normal IRS channels. But just because she's on the IRS payroU doesn't mean Olson and her team of 75 advocates nationwide side with the tax coUector They don't always side with taxpayers either. "By design, I'm on the fence," said Olson. "I don't want to be a watchdog for the IRS. I want to be a voice within the IRS for change." That's the second part of her job — working with Congress and IRS officials to rewrite the tax law to fit the times, make it more concise, eliminate confusion. She and her team of advocates also help resolve tax issues that people outline in letters to their congressmen. In the past federal budget year, the 75 advocates and some 2,000 others on the support staff reviewed and took action to resolve 256,000 cases. Some cases had languished in the system or were creating a financial hardship on taxpayers. Others were ones in which the IRS had not yet done what it said it was going to do to resolve the problem. It's not dull work — really, Olson insists. She's been doing it for years. Olson was a tax attorney before joining the IRS. She also founded and directed the Richmond, Va.-based Community Tax Law project, the nation 's first independent clinic for low- income taxpayers. "Taxes involve famUy, money, business. They involve homes, aging, death. If you put aU those things together, you've got the whole myriad of human experience," Olson said. "It's certainly not dry Most people involved in the tax system are true philosophers of human nature." TV NEWS SHOWS Lineup for Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" - Sen, Jon Kyi, R-Ariz.; Sandy Berger, national security adviser to former President Clinton; NAACP President Kweisi Mfume; Keltti Fangman, president, Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police; Lt. Shane Osborn and Aviation Machinist's Mate Senior Chief Nicholas Mellos of the U.S. spy plane. CBS's "Face the Nation" — Sen. Joseph BIden, D-Del.; Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; Leon Panetta, former White House chief of staff; Hamilton Jordan, former White House chief of staff; former Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H.; James Schlesinger, former secretary of defense. NBC's "Meet the PfBss" — Osborn; Sen. George Allen, R-Va.; Sen, Dick Durbln, D-lll,; Sen. Robert Torricelli, D- N.J.; Rep. 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