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Gratitude With Attitude: An AllPolitics Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Nov. 26) -- We admit it. We're newsaholics. When Thanksgiving rolls around, here at AllPolitics we can't help but give thanks for all the people, events and, well, the weirdness that enlivened the past 12 months. It kept us busy, even in a year when the biggest election was that oh-so-pivotal Staten Island congressional race.

Here's our list of what we're thankful for:


Page-View Paula: Disparaged by many in the press, Paula Jones nonetheless delivers for the new media. At least she does for us here at AllPolitics. We brought you special reports on volunteerism, the budget battle and campaign reform, but nothing captured readers like a good Paula Jones story (or even a mediocre one).


Newt's Ethics: The '96 election was past, lawmakers were going home for the holidays -- a pretty sleepy time, right? Wrong, thanks to House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The feisty Georgian agreed last December to admit violations of House ethics, and sparked a firestorm over what he'd done, and how he'd pay for it, both financially and politically.

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Campaign Finance: Since last fall, revelations in the continuing fund-raising flap have served up a seemingly bottomless cauldron of titillating allegations, from the irregular to the criminal. From coffees and overnight stays at the White House to sham donors and overseas money, this has been one of those "never-say-die" stories.

Chelsea Clinton: The only Clinton that Americans love to love. Far less visible than her parents, Chelsea emerged from her protective cocoon this year, and AllPol readers ate it up. In June, our coverage of Chelsea's prom and graduation blew everything else away, even while we were producing big packages on campaign finance, the Helms-Weld fight and Paula Jones.


Helms v. Weld: While journalists bemoan the newsless dog days of summer, relief arrived this year in the form of a showdown between Sen. Jesse Helms and William Weld, President Bill Clinton's nominee to be ambassador to Mexico. The epic battle culminated in a Sept. 12 Foreign Relations Committee meeting, where Helms delivered a very public coup de grace. It was as ugly as a car wreck, but you still had to watch.


Bill Clinton's knee: Th