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By DANIEL BERGER | November 21, 1992
Candidate Bill Clinton consulted gays, not generals, on his pledge to admit homosexuals to the armed forces.President-elect Clinton is more interested in consulting generals he is to make the thing work.Mr. Clinton carries three pieces of heavy baggage to his assignment as commander-in-chief.One is his record of draft avoidance. It is no greater than Dick Cheney's, which did not deter Mr. Cheney from becoming President Bush's secretary of defense.The second is Mr. Clinton's policy on homosexuals in the service, which goes against decades of received wisdom in the Pentagon.
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May 10, 2011
Letter writer John Holter criticizes President Bush for not attending Ground Zero with the current president ("Bush should have gone to Ground Zero," May 8). I wonder if Mr. Holter is aware that former President Clinton also declined an initiation to visit Ground Zero with President Obama? Does Mr. Holter feel that former President Clinton also turned his back on his supporters, the dignity of the office of president and the victory we are now celebrating? George Bush has refrained from criticizing Mr. Obama since the new president took office, despite the fact that Mr. Obama has criticized President Bush relentlessly.
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October 16, 1993
DETAILS -- Hungry for details about President Clinton's health care plan, House lawmakers grilled administration officials yesterday on the proposal's financing but came up mostly empty-handed.White House officials testifying during a House Ways and Means health subcommittee hearing were unable to give definitive answers to such questions as how high the expected tax hike on cigarettes would be, whether a tax hike on alcoholic beverages is off the table, and how much money the nation would save once many Americans begin paying part of their insurance premiums themselves.
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February 9, 1999
THE PEOPLE need to know how their senators vote on the proposed removal of President Clinton from office, and why. Senators are not mere jurors but judges. The verdict is the most public part of a trial that must be wholly transparent.The secrecy imposed in 1868 on the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson was unprecedented then, and does not bind senators today.Should the conclusion of the current trial be kept secret -- and then subject to leaks -- the Senate would join the House of Representatives in travesty.
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February 4, 1999
THE SENATE'S preoccupation with its appearance keeps it looking bad. Whether President Clinton committed high crimes seems to matter less to senators. The self-suggested Feb. 12 deadline for wrapping up the trial is artificial. So is the proposal to permit token live witnesses. If the Senate is serious about removing the president from office, the deadline and squeamishness about testimony would deny the nation justice. The trial, then, should run as long as needed for fairness.
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April 30, 1999
SERBIA'S dictator Slobodan Milosevic could take no comfort from the NATO summit, which displayed unanimous resolve for the bombing campaign to reverse his depopulation of Kosovo. He got it instead from the U.S. House of Representatives' muddled voting Wednesday.The House defeated, on a 213-213 tie, a resolution passed by the Senate endorsing the purpose of the bombing. It voted 249-180 against paying for a ground operation unless the president obtains congressional approval (as he had already promised)
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January 27, 1998
Lewinsky faked letter for college friend, paper saysPORTLAND, Ore. -- While attending Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, Monica Lewinsky allegedly used school stationery to write a phony letter to help someone she knew continue receiving unemployment benefits, the Oregonian reported Sunday, quoting an unidentified source.A college spokeswoman, Jean Kempe-Ware, said the school encouraged an employee who kept a copy of the document to turn it over to the Whitewater prosecutor, Kenneth W. Starr.
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May 31, 1994
Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland's Sixth Congressional District can take pride in at least one accomplishment during his first term: No White House official will ever again fly a government helicopter to play a round of golf. Thanks in part to the Western Maryland congressman's dedication to eradicating government waste, President Clinton last week summarily dismissed his long-time friend David Watkins from his position as White House director of administration.Mr. Watkins made the mistake of using the presidential helicopter to fly to Holly Hills Country Club near New Market.
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By Art Buchwald | March 2, 1993
THE problem with President Clinton's economic plans is that they have no sex in them. It's impossible for you to follow the daily adventures of the deficit, the budget and growth of the economy without falling asleep.How can we make the economy more interesting? By treating it as a sex scandal.From the New York Post:WASHINGTON -- An anonymous source in the capital announced today that members of the Clinton administration abused the military budget to the tune of $100 billion. When senators told the administration personnel to stop making lewd remarks to the Stealth bomber proponents, the administration replied that they weren't abusing anybody, and the White House had the right to proposition the armed forces in any manner it saw fit.No charges have been brought against the Clinton people, but an ethics committee is conducting an investigation and will decide whether the $100 billion hug could be considered government or private business.
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By Mona Charen | September 19, 1994
WHEN CHRISTOPHER Columbus first laid eyes on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic), he wrote in his ship's log that it was the most beautiful spot in God's creation.It has been downhill since. The original inhabitants of the island were wiped out, probably by the European diseases Columbus' sailors carried. (For the multiculturalists among my readership, it should also be added that the exchange of diseases went both ways. Venereal diseases native to the new world were probably carried back to Europe by Columbus' men -- where they wreaked havoc.
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