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By TRB | July 30, 1993
I don't really believe that deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster was driven to suicide by a series of viciously unfair editorials in the Wall Street Journal. But it would be easy enough to make the case, if one were willing to use the same dishonest techniques that the Journal used against Mr. Foster in recent weeks.The Journal's basic theme was that Mr. Foster and three other alumni of Arkansas's Rose law firm, including Hillary Clinton, formed a sinister cabal within the Clinton administration.
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By Norah Vincent and Norah Vincent,Special to the Sun | August 8, 1999
Say the word "depression" to a conservative and he'll probably think you're talking about the big "D," and launch into an interminable tirade about FDR and the evils of the social welfare state. When the smoke clears and you tell him that you're talking about mental illness, he'll proceed, without missing a beat, to launch into another tirade about Tipper Gore and the evils of the social welfare state. Because, as everyone knows, conservatives don't get depressed. Or if they do, they don't admit it, they don't take mind-altering drugs for it, and they certainly don't raise insurance premiums to treat it. They keep the Sabbath holy or go to confession instead.
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NEWS
August 16, 1993
There are times when the nation's capital takes on some of the attributes of a shark tank at feeding time. That is one of the complaints left behind in some notes by Vincent W. Foster Jr., the deputy White House counsel who committed suicide. Reviewing the brouhaha in the White House travel office, Mr. Foster makes some vague accusations and offers a flimsy defense of White House staff behavior. These are deserving of some attention, but Mr. Foster's remarks about life in Washington raise a more substantial issue.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau of The Sun | July 1, 1994
WASHINGTON -- In a report on the suicide of deputy White House counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr., the Whitewater special prosecutor paints the most complete portrait yet of Mr. Foster as a profoundly depressed and troubled man given to sleeplessness, brooding and visible anxiety attacks."
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | January 24, 1994
BOBBY RAY INMAN said that he was the victim of "modern McCarthyism."Before that David Gergen said Washington had descended to "cannibalism."Before that Vincent Foster said, "here ruining people is considered sport."They were all talking about the press, but the fact is, as a general rule it is not the press that ruins people and eats adversaries.Now, I'm not going to defend what William Safire wrote about Bobby Ray Inman. Some of it was pretty low.I'm not going to defend the Wall Street Journal editorials about Vincent Foster.
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By Bill Thompson | August 6, 1993
BILL Clinton's friend Vincent Foster died July 20, apparently by his own hand. Foster's death was a tragedy. It wasn't a disgrace.What has happened since, however, has been the worst kind of disgrace, a disgrace perpetrated by us, the news media and the public, in a quest for information that we don't need and shouldn't want.But here we are, from prestigious news organizations such as the Washington Post to the cheapest, sleaziest talk shows on radio, trampling Foster's grave, defiling his memory, brutally dissecting his life.
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By DAN RODRICKS | August 26, 1993
We can agree on at least one thing about suicide: It is not expected to be the death of the strong.If the weak, the depressed, the lonely, the desperately sick take their own lives, then death bears far less mystery. But when the rocks among us crumble, we're confused, even frightened. We grasp for answers, and the effort can be likened to trying to hold mist in our hands."He was the Rock of Gibraltar while others were having trouble," said a sorrowful Bill Clinton after his longtime friend and trusted deputy White House counsel, Vincent Foster, killed himself.
NEWS
March 4, 1994
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Roger Altman, who is also acting director of the Resolution Trust Corporation, has recused himself from the RTC investigation into Madison Guaranty S&L. Why? Because he had to. The day before he acted it came out in a Senate committee hearing that in early February he had briefed White House staff members, including the White House chief counsel and Mrs. Clinton's chief of staff, on the course of the investigation. That was highly inappropriate. The RTC is an independent agency -- not part of the administration -- and the Madison Guaranty investigation involves charges that relate to President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton.
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By William Safire | August 3, 1993
ALMOST three decades ago, the body of a talented artist was found along the Georgetown canal towpath, a bullet in her head. Because she had for years been an intimate friend of President Kennedy, counterspy James Jesus Angleton was immediately notified and searched her home before police arrived.When her diary came into his hands, that Kennedy loyalist destroyed it, as he later indicated to me, "to protect the presidency." A suspect was tried and acquitted; the prosecutor was justifiably furious when it was revealed that the CIA destroyed the murder victim's diary.
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By Frank Rich | April 12, 1994
MY Whitewater dependency was every bit as out of control as the next guy's, but about 10 days ago I slipped into remission.Suddenly it was hard to hyperventilate about the story that only recently had tempted me to master cattle futures (to no avail, since I have no broker named "Red" to save me from bum steers).You needn't consult polls to see that Whitewater has now fallen off a cliff in the public consciousness, to the pitiful point where even Madonna briefly usurped it in dinner conversations.
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By Frank Rich | April 12, 1994
MY Whitewater dependency was every bit as out of control as the next guy's, but about 10 days ago I slipped into remission.Suddenly it was hard to hyperventilate about the story that only recently had tempted me to master cattle futures (to no avail, since I have no broker named "Red" to save me from bum steers).You needn't consult polls to see that Whitewater has now fallen off a cliff in the public consciousness, to the pitiful point where even Madonna briefly usurped it in dinner conversations.
NEWS
March 4, 1994
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Roger Altman, who is also acting director of the Resolution Trust Corporation, has recused himself from the RTC investigation into Madison Guaranty S&L. Why? Because he had to. The day before he acted it came out in a Senate committee hearing that in early February he had briefed White House staff members, including the White House chief counsel and Mrs. Clinton's chief of staff, on the course of the investigation. That was highly inappropriate. The RTC is an independent agency -- not part of the administration -- and the Madison Guaranty investigation involves charges that relate to President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | January 24, 1994
BOBBY RAY INMAN said that he was the victim of "modern McCarthyism."Before that David Gergen said Washington had descended to "cannibalism."Before that Vincent Foster said, "here ruining people is considered sport."They were all talking about the press, but the fact is, as a general rule it is not the press that ruins people and eats adversaries.Now, I'm not going to defend what William Safire wrote about Bobby Ray Inman. Some of it was pretty low.I'm not going to defend the Wall Street Journal editorials about Vincent Foster.
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By William Safire | January 21, 1994
WHY did Adm. Bobby Ray Inman, sailing toward easy Senate confirmation as secretary of defense, suddenly flinch and withdraw his name?We do not yet know, but I suspect it was not for the reason given in the therapy session that was his departing news conference.Is one good pop by a columnist, along with anticipated light flak about nanny-tax problems, enough to drive a smooth Washington operator out of a cabinet post? (If he had been confirmed, and North Korea said "Boo!" would the Pentagon have sued for terms?
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By DAN RODRICKS | August 26, 1993
We can agree on at least one thing about suicide: It is not expected to be the death of the strong.If the weak, the depressed, the lonely, the desperately sick take their own lives, then death bears far less mystery. But when the rocks among us crumble, we're confused, even frightened. We grasp for answers, and the effort can be likened to trying to hold mist in our hands."He was the Rock of Gibraltar while others were having trouble," said a sorrowful Bill Clinton after his longtime friend and trusted deputy White House counsel, Vincent Foster, killed himself.
NEWS
August 16, 1993
There are times when the nation's capital takes on some of the attributes of a shark tank at feeding time. That is one of the complaints left behind in some notes by Vincent W. Foster Jr., the deputy White House counsel who committed suicide. Reviewing the brouhaha in the White House travel office, Mr. Foster makes some vague accusations and offers a flimsy defense of White House staff behavior. These are deserving of some attention, but Mr. Foster's remarks about life in Washington raise a more substantial issue.
NEWS
By Susan Baer and Karen Hosler and Susan Baer and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau | August 11, 1993
In an article on the pressures of Washington in yesterday's Sun, Jody Powell, former press secretary to Jimmy Carter, says that he intended his characterization of "inexcusable and inexplicable behavior" to apply to the press handling of the suicide of former White House official Vincent Foster and not the suicide itself.WASHINGTON -- It took Vincent Foster only six months to decide he wasn't cut out for the pressure-cooker of the nation's capital -- a town some believe is getting meaner.
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By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,Washington Bureau of The Sun | July 1, 1994
WASHINGTON -- In a report on the suicide of deputy White House counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr., the Whitewater special prosecutor paints the most complete portrait yet of Mr. Foster as a profoundly depressed and troubled man given to sleeplessness, brooding and visible anxiety attacks."
NEWS
August 12, 1993
Once again the troubled mind of Vincent W. Foster Jr., the deputy White House counsel who committed suicide, has been exposed without shedding much additional light on his death. The jottings found in his briefcase reveal a man unable to deal with the buffeting that comes with public life in Washington. This is partly traceable to what appears to have been clinical depression. But in large measure the events leading to his death illustrate the extraordinary stresses imposed on prominent officials in the capital.
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By Susan Baer and Karen Hosler and Susan Baer and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau | August 11, 1993
In an article on the pressures of Washington in yesterday's Sun, Jody Powell, former press secretary to Jimmy Carter, says that he intended his characterization of "inexcusable and inexplicable behavior" to apply to the press handling of the suicide of former White House official Vincent Foster and not the suicide itself.WASHINGTON -- It took Vincent Foster only six months to decide he wasn't cut out for the pressure-cooker of the nation's capital -- a town some believe is getting meaner.
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