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By Terry Teachout and Terry Teachout,Special to The Sun | April 23, 1995
"Passion and Betrayal," by Gennifer Flowers with Jacquelyn Dapper. 166 pages. Del Mar, Calif.: Emery Dalton Books. $19.95 She's back. And for those who thought Gennifer Flowers was just another piece of white trash from Arkansas, "Passion and Betrayal," the autobiography of the woman who inspired the phrase "bimbo eruption," will come as a welcome surprise. Ms. Flowers, it turns out, is not only a bosomy ex-lounge singer (she displays about a foot and a half of cleavage in the dust-jacket photo)
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By Richard Shenkman | October 11, 1998
THE LAST time a president faced impeachment, one great tantalizing mystery puzzled everybody: why Richard Nixon didn't burn the Watergate tapes.If he had burned them, pundits said at the time, he could have saved the presidency. One Nixon apologist suggested, only half-facetiously, that Nixon should have torched the tapes in a fire on the White House lawn.This time, there are three mysteries.The first is why Bill Clinton, knowing that Kenneth Starr and Paula Jones were out to get him, fooled around with a 22-year-old White House intern.
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By ROGER SIMON | May 5, 1995
WASHINGTON -- What if you had a 12-year affair with the president of the United States, posed nude for Penthouse, wrote a very explicit book about it and nobody cared?This is the dilemma now facing Gennifer Flowers.She is currently engaged in that most fundamental of American rights: the right to cash in.Under this right, it does not matter if you are a villain or a victim, a hero or a hellhound.In America when you are well-known for being well-known, there is money to be made.For a while.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | September 30, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Just a few weeks after being forced out of the vice presidency in a criminal prosecution, Spiro T. Agnew evoked applause when he appeared at a restaurant or theater.Almost from the moment he left, Agnew complained that he had been railroaded out of office. In fact, as a price he paid to be allowed to plead nolo contendere to felony charges, Agnew had signed a 40-page statement admitting criminal behavior such as taking $100 bills in plain brown envelopes.But some people are always willing to accept revisionist versions of the facts.
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By DAN BERGER | January 31, 1992
If this thing sticks, Gennifer Flowers could get to sing the National Anthem at the Republican National Convention.Who needs the B-2 bomber? We have the Washington Redskins.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 18, 1992
HOUSTON -- Dan Quayle would not lower himself.Dan Quayle, our national punching bag, would not say of the Democrats what they say of him.And just what do they say of him?"
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February 20, 1992
"New Hampshire tonight has made Bill Clinton the comeback kid," the Arkansas governor said Tuesday night. He was referring to the fact that many political commentators had pronounced his candidacy dead or dying after he was accused first of having an affair with singer Gennifer Flowers through most of the 1980s and then of dodging the draft in the 1960s. In his view and that of many others, Governor Clinton's second place finish in the Democratic half of the New Hampshire presidential primary was a stunning comeback.
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By Los Angeles Times | May 24, 1994
DALLAS -- Gennifer Flowers, the Arkansas woman who claimed to have a long-running affair with then-Gov. Bill Clinton, today is releasing for sale what she calls "the complete and unedited" tapes of four telephone conversations with Mr. Clinton she recorded in 1990 and 1991.Mr. Clinton has steadfastly denied having an extramarital affair xTC with Ms. Flowers, a one-time Little Rock, Ark., night club singer and former state employee.A preview of the tapes found extensive discussions between Mr. Clinton and Ms. Flowers about how to deflect persistent media inquiries into rumors of Mr. Clinton's womanizing, but little evidence that would settle the controversy.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover and Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover,Staff Writers | August 19, 1992
HOUSTON -- President Bush says he won't put up with that sleazy stuff about marital infidelity. Anyone who engages in that kind of politics is supposed to be history.But when Robert Mosbacher, the former secretary of commerce now serving as general chairman of his campaign, said that the marital fidelity record of Democratic nominee Bill Clinton "should be one of the yardsticks" by which he is measured, Bush settled for an apology. The same was true after Treasurer of the United States Catalina V. Villalpando referred to Clinton and one of his senior advisers, former San Antonio Mayor Henry G. Cisneros, as "two skirt-chasers campaigning together."
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By ANDREW BARD SCHMOOKLER | January 3, 1994
Broadway, Virginia. -- The forces that rule our world are even more frightening than I thought. That's what I learned during my Christmas drive, as I spun the radio dial through the talk shows. Here are some things I learned from the talk-show hosts and their callers. I can't vouch for their veracity, but all of them went out -- uncontradicted -- over the airwaves.* The suicide of Vincent Foster, the late counselor to the president, had something to do with an affair he was having with Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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By Dan Lynch | February 6, 1998
IT WAS ON the TV screen last week. There was Monica Lewinsky at age 14 playing volleyball at some fat camp her parents had sent her to. All I could think was, "Gee, am I ever proud to be a member of the media today."Since this newest Bill Clinton sex scandal broke, I haven't touched this story in any serious way, largely on hygienic grounds. Every time I've read or watched coverage of this, I've felt a ferocious urge to take a shower.But however irresponsible some media outlets have been on this, the politicians have been worse -- even politicians you'd think would be above playing such cruel games with people's lives and reputations.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | February 2, 1998
WASHINGTON -- In the flood of reports, rumors, allegations and speculation about President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, one question remains puzzling for even the most discerning readers and listeners: Where does it come from?The traditional standard of attributing information to its source has been swept away in this case by the journalistic imperative of getting the story when it is tied up in knots by legal inhibitions to publication or broadcast.Leaks flying wildlyDepositions by the president and Ms. Lewinsky, as well as others in the Paula Corbin Jones sexual harassment lawsuit and the investigation of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, are under seal, and the lawyers are under a gag order.
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By Ellen Goodman | January 26, 1998
BOSTON -- The story comes cascading out of Washington at electronic speed, accusations and denials, factoids and speculations. A feeding frenzy of reporters, analysts and lawyers is serving up undigested tidbits liberally salted with ''allegedlys.'' The words ''affair'' and ''perjury'' and ''impeachment'' pop up like uninvited guests crashing a White House dinner.At the same time, my own phone line echoes with a mournful reprise from friends, colleagues and family offering up the most unscientific and honest and dispirited public opinion: ''I can't stand this.
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By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | June 11, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The last time we looked, President Clinton was still the commander in chief. But the president has played no role in the controversy over adultery in the military except to issue a statement praising Gen. Joseph W. Ralston after he walked the plank.It may have been unrealistic to expect any president to interject himself into the situation, even though he is the one who will nominate the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and he is the one with the ultimate responsibility for any unfairness in the treatment of General Ralston or the commanding officer of the Aberdeen Proving Ground or Lt. Kelly Flinn.
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By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | October 11, 1996
WASHINGTON -- No one who knows Jack Kemp was surprised by his Johnny-one-note focus on the tax issue during his debate with Vice President Al Gore. His remedy for a head cold is supply-side economics to expand the economy.In this case, however, Mr. Kemp's single-minded concentration was revealing in quite a different way. It showed that the Republicans really don't have any conventional issues they can use effectively against President Clinton. And that means that the hints Bob Dole has begun sending about attacking President Clinton on his character are likely to turn tougher.
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By ROGER SIMON | May 5, 1995
WASHINGTON -- What if you had a 12-year affair with the president of the United States, posed nude for Penthouse, wrote a very explicit book about it and nobody cared?This is the dilemma now facing Gennifer Flowers.She is currently engaged in that most fundamental of American rights: the right to cash in.Under this right, it does not matter if you are a villain or a victim, a hero or a hellhound.In America when you are well-known for being well-known, there is money to be made.For a while.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | May 5, 1994
WASHINGTON -- In the beginning, there was Gennifer Flowers. Then, it was Troopergate. Now, comes Paula Corbin Jones.A former Arkansas state employee, Ms. Jones intends to sue President Clinton today in federal court, accusing him of violating her civil rights by asking her to perform a sexual act when they were alone in a Little Rock, Ark., hotel room in 1991, according to her lawyer, Daniel Traylor.Legal experts say they doubt the case will go anywhere. And political observers say the accusations won't undermine Mr. Clinton, who has survived charges of marital infidelity before.
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By ROGER SIMON | December 22, 1993
WASHINGTON -- "Now, no matter what I say, to pretend that the press will then let this die, then we are kidding ourselves. I mean, you know, this has become a virtual cottage industry. The only way to put it behind us, I think, is for all of us to agree that this guy has told us about all we need to know."That was Bill Clinton speaking on "60 Minutes" in late January 1992.He was explaining to reporter Steve Kroft why he could not put rumors of his adultery to rest by issuing a simple denial.
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By Terry Teachout and Terry Teachout,Special to The Sun | April 23, 1995
"Passion and Betrayal," by Gennifer Flowers with Jacquelyn Dapper. 166 pages. Del Mar, Calif.: Emery Dalton Books. $19.95 She's back. And for those who thought Gennifer Flowers was just another piece of white trash from Arkansas, "Passion and Betrayal," the autobiography of the woman who inspired the phrase "bimbo eruption," will come as a welcome surprise. Ms. Flowers, it turns out, is not only a bosomy ex-lounge singer (she displays about a foot and a half of cleavage in the dust-jacket photo)
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By ROGER SIMON | April 5, 1995
I think it may be time to forgive Gary Hart for his sins.I think so because I have almost forgotten what his sins were.He ran for president a couple of times, but you can't hold that against a man forever.And now a newsmagazine reports that next year he might run for the U.S. Senate from Colorado, a job he held for 12 years.(In 1984, Hart won 29 primaries and caucuses and narrowly lost the Democratic nomination for president to Walter Mondale, who asked him, "Where's the beef?" Mondale is currently a U.S. ambassador, but nobody knows to where.
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