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  • The End Of Pork Barrel Spending!
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    Safire: Hillary Will Be Indicted


    BATON ROUGE, La. (AllPolitics, Jan. 17) -- Hillary Clinton will be indicted on Whitewater charges but not convicted, according to a prediction by the first lady's preeminent press antagonist. New York Times columnist William Safire, who last January called the first lady a "congenital liar," conjectured Thursday in a speech before the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry that Mrs. Clinton would face charges but that the president "will not give her a pardon. Instead, he will let the wheels of justice turn and sit by her in the courtroom, holding her hand when appropriate." Responding, White House spokesman Mike McCurry said, "It's hard to make out sometime on what basis he's thinking and writing and speaking."

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    Morris Considered Suicide Over Disgrace

    WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 17) -- In an interview with CNN's Larry King, former Clinton adviser Dick Morris says he considered suicide after his liaison with a prostitute was publicized. "Who wouldn't?" Morris responded when King asked him if he'd considered killing himself. Morris has recently completed a book on his time with the Clinton Administration, and in a separate interview with WCBS-TV's "Sunday Edition," he said the president, renowned for long-winded bull sessions with aides, has lately become an introvert. Said Morris: "He's become a person that has become much more judicious than action-oriented, much more Asian in his philosophy." And, of course, in his fund-raising.

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    The End Of Pork Barrel Spending!

    WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 17) -- Clinton Administration lawyers have filed a brief in federal court seeking the dismissal of a court challenged filed by -- gasp! -- five congressional Democrats (plus one Republican). It's that controversial new line-item veto law that allows the president to cancel individual spending items, passed by the GOP Congress and signed by the president. Sens. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Pat Moynihan (D-N.Y.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), and Mark Hatfield (R- Ore.), and Reps. David Skaggs (D-Colo.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) are arguing the law is an unconstitutional infringement on Congress' power. Among the various arguments made by Justice Department lawyers: "It is entirely speculative whether Congress will ever pass such provisions that will be subject to the president's cancellation."

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    GOP Skeptical Of Lake Nomination

    WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 17) -- Confirmation hearings for Anthony Lake, President Bill Clinton's nominee to head the CIA, are scheduled for Feb. 11-12 with a closed session slated for Feb. 13. With GOP senators voicing concern over a host of issues -- from Lake's opposition to the Vietnam War to his role in Iran's shipment of arms to Bosnia -- Democrats are publicly optimistic he'll be confirmed. "I don't think there will be any problem," Sen. John Glen (D-Ohio), a member of the Intelligence Committee, told The Associated Press. At least one Democrat, Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), has voiced reservations concerning Lake's capacity to provide unbiased information on policies he helped the president formulate. The Republican senator chairing the hearings will be Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) who told AP while the nomination is "troubling," he will "see that he [Lake] gets a fair hearing."

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