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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 11, 1998
There has been a sea change in the past 36 hours in the look and tone of television coverage of Kenneth W. Starr's investigation of President Clinton. The cameras have moved from the White House to Congress, and the administration is desperately trying to bring them back under its control.The dominant images framing the story have shifted from sex, politics and the White House to statesmanship, the committee room and Capitol Hill. Gone were the images of Monica Lewinsky and reporters standing outside the White House -- scenes that have been playing in a nonstop loop for months.
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September 25, 2006
NATIONAL White House pans terror report The White House sharply disagreed yesterday with a new U.S. intelligence assessment that the war in Iraq is encouraging global terrorism, as Bush administration officials stressed that anti-American fervor in the Muslim world began before Sept. 11. pg 4A Army officer protests budget The U.S. Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan in August after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the military could not maintain activity in Iraq and other global commitments without additional funding.
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By Doug Smith and Saif Rasheed and Doug Smith and Saif Rasheed,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 25, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's sectarian leaders stepped back from a simmering constitutional crisis yesterday, agreeing to wait at least 18 months before setting up autonomous regions that would shift power away from the central government. During the cooling-off period, Iraq's parliament would consider amendments to the country's constitution, providing a public forum for the divisive issue of autonomy. The deal, which was being fine-tuned last night, allows lawmakers to avoid a looming constitutional deadline that threatened to worsen the sectarian violence ravaging the country.
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By Doug Smith and Saif Rasheed and Doug Smith and Saif Rasheed,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 25, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's sectarian leaders stepped back from a simmering constitutional crisis yesterday, agreeing to wait at least 18 months before setting up autonomous regions that would shift power away from the central government. During the cooling-off period, Iraq's parliament would consider amendments to the country's constitution, providing a public forum for the divisive issue of autonomy. The deal, which was being fine-tuned last night, allows lawmakers to avoid a looming constitutional deadline that threatened to worsen the sectarian violence ravaging the country.
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By Paul West and Paul West,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 1, 2000
WASHINGTON - On a day when a top member of the Gore campaign raised the specter of a "constitutional crisis" for the first time, George W. Bush stepped up his transition effort by showcasing his brightest prospective Cabinet star: retired Gen. Colin L. Powell. Powell, among the most popular public figures in the country, appears certain to be named secretary of state in a Bush administration. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was appointed to that position by Bush's father, arrived yesterday at the Texas ranch where the governor has retreated to consider personnel options.
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By Dan Berger | December 16, 1998
Happy Hanukkah. Constitutional crisis. Merry Christmas.The nerve of that man, going the last mile to bring peace to the Middle East, just to distract Americans from what really matters.Other people tell Baltimore what to do, but George Soros is putting his money where his mouth is, which is unheard of.Now you know why Larry Young didn't run last election, but he might win the next.Pub Date: 12/16/98
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By Jules Witcover | November 12, 2000
WASHINGTON -- Is the nation facing a constitutional crisis over the delay in determining whether Texas Gov. George W. Bush or Vice President Al Gore will be the next president of the United States? Yes, according to many prominent Americans of impeccable integrity, such as former Senate Republican Leader Howard H. Baker of Tennessee. Recently, Baker, on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, called on whichever candidate is behind in the final Florida vote count, to put the nation's interest ahead of his own and bow out gracefully.
NEWS
September 25, 2006
NATIONAL White House pans terror report The White House sharply disagreed yesterday with a new U.S. intelligence assessment that the war in Iraq is encouraging global terrorism, as Bush administration officials stressed that anti-American fervor in the Muslim world began before Sept. 11. pg 4A Army officer protests budget The U.S. Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan in August after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the military could not maintain activity in Iraq and other global commitments without additional funding.
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By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | January 3, 1991
WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, asked on television the other day what Congress should do if President Bush launches an offensive war in the Persian Gulf without a congressional declaration of war as stipulated in the Constitution, offered a politically impractical response.Gephardt said in that event, "Congress has to reach for the only tool left to it, which is to cut off the funding for the war." But it takes no clairvoyant to foresee the public reaction to such a step once a shooting war started and American forces in the gulf came under fire.
NEWS
February 13, 1997
COMIC OPERA is a relatively benign resolution of a constitutional crisis when the alternatives are civil war, anarchy or dictatorship. If there is a hero in Ecuador's crisis, which saw three claimants to the presidency where one was too many, it was the armed forces under Gen. Paco Moncayo, for refusing to take over and for compelling politicians to bargain politically.Abdala Bucaram is removed for "mental incapacity" from the presidency he won last July with 54 percent of the vote; Vice President Rosalia Arteaga was the country's first woman president, briefly; Congress named its leader, Fabian Alarcon, to succeed as interim president until a fresh election on Aug. 10, 1998.
NEWS
June 1, 2005
PERHAPS FITTINGLY, W. Mark Felt's revelation that he is the legendary Watergate source "Deep Throat" failed to end the 30-year-old controversy. The Vanity Fair account released yesterday sparked questions about Mr. Felt's motives, and about whether any single source had actually played the near-mythical role in toppling the Nixon presidency accorded to Deep Throat. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post reporters who have said they relied on the anonymous source to guide them at critical moments in their groundbreaking Watergate reporting, initially stuck by their refusal to reveal Deep Throat's identity until after his death.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | December 15, 2000
WASHINGTON -- Now that Al Gore's long fight to pull victory from the morass of the Florida election is over, what harm was done by his waging it so tenaciously? The answer is none. The feared "constitutional crisis" never occurred and George W. Bush will take the presidential oath of office on schedule on Jan. 20. While he may have been delayed somewhat in his transition plans, he still has adequate time to put his new administration in place. Any prospect for a constitutional crisis came not from Mr. Gore but from the Bush side, in the plans of the Republican-controlled Florida legislature to hijack the naming of the state's 25 electors in the event Mr. Gore had managed to overcome Mr. Bush's narrow popular-vote lead there.
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By Paul West and Paul West,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 9, 2000
WASHINGTON - Now things could truly get messy. With its bombshell ruling yesterday, a divided Florida Supreme Court snatched Al Gore from the political gallows by the narrowest of margins at the last stroke of the clock. But the court's sweeping order also moves the nation much closer to a constitutional clash, if not a full-blown crisis. The chances that Congress might be forced to resolve the election have suddenly and sharply increased. No less an authority than Florida's chief justice - a Democrat - bluntly voiced a "deep and abiding concern" that his colleagues were propelling the United States into an "unprecedented and unnecessary constitutional crisis."
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By Marego Athans and Ann LoLordo and Marego Athans and Ann LoLordo,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 9, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., - Just when it seemed Vice President Al Gore was gasping his last in a marathon struggle for the White House, the Florida Supreme Court gave him a shot of oxygen, ordering the manual recount of more than 40,000 contested Florida ballots that he hopes will allow him to sprint into the lead. In a split decision that stunned both sides and set off a flurry of appeals and angry rhetoric, the court ruled 4-3 to overturn a trial court decision and award Gore 383 previously rejected ballots, reducing Texas Gov. George W. Bush's lead from 537 to 154 votes.
NEWS
By Paul West and Paul West,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 1, 2000
WASHINGTON - On a day when a top member of the Gore campaign raised the specter of a "constitutional crisis" for the first time, George W. Bush stepped up his transition effort by showcasing his brightest prospective Cabinet star: retired Gen. Colin L. Powell. Powell, among the most popular public figures in the country, appears certain to be named secretary of state in a Bush administration. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was appointed to that position by Bush's father, arrived yesterday at the Texas ranch where the governor has retreated to consider personnel options.
TOPIC
By Jules Witcover | November 12, 2000
WASHINGTON -- Is the nation facing a constitutional crisis over the delay in determining whether Texas Gov. George W. Bush or Vice President Al Gore will be the next president of the United States? Yes, according to many prominent Americans of impeccable integrity, such as former Senate Republican Leader Howard H. Baker of Tennessee. Recently, Baker, on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, called on whichever candidate is behind in the final Florida vote count, to put the nation's interest ahead of his own and bow out gracefully.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | December 15, 2000
WASHINGTON -- Now that Al Gore's long fight to pull victory from the morass of the Florida election is over, what harm was done by his waging it so tenaciously? The answer is none. The feared "constitutional crisis" never occurred and George W. Bush will take the presidential oath of office on schedule on Jan. 20. While he may have been delayed somewhat in his transition plans, he still has adequate time to put his new administration in place. Any prospect for a constitutional crisis came not from Mr. Gore but from the Bush side, in the plans of the Republican-controlled Florida legislature to hijack the naming of the state's 25 electors in the event Mr. Gore had managed to overcome Mr. Bush's narrow popular-vote lead there.
NEWS
June 1, 2005
PERHAPS FITTINGLY, W. Mark Felt's revelation that he is the legendary Watergate source "Deep Throat" failed to end the 30-year-old controversy. The Vanity Fair account released yesterday sparked questions about Mr. Felt's motives, and about whether any single source had actually played the near-mythical role in toppling the Nixon presidency accorded to Deep Throat. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post reporters who have said they relied on the anonymous source to guide them at critical moments in their groundbreaking Watergate reporting, initially stuck by their refusal to reveal Deep Throat's identity until after his death.
NEWS
By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 3, 1999
WASHINGTON -- With little constitutional text to guide him and mainstream legal scholarship opposing him, Kenneth W. Starr would face an uphill battle if he decides to bring a criminal case against President Clinton while the president is still in office.The independent counsel has reportedly concluded that he has constitutional authority to bring a criminal indictment against Clinton before the president leaves office.Ronald D. Rotunda, one of Starr's legal consultants, believes the Supreme Court's 1997 decision allowing the Paula Corbin Jones civil suit to proceed set a precedent that would permit the indictment, trial and conviction of a sitting president for a federal crime.
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By Dan Berger | December 16, 1998
Happy Hanukkah. Constitutional crisis. Merry Christmas.The nerve of that man, going the last mile to bring peace to the Middle East, just to distract Americans from what really matters.Other people tell Baltimore what to do, but George Soros is putting his money where his mouth is, which is unheard of.Now you know why Larry Young didn't run last election, but he might win the next.Pub Date: 12/16/98
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