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Tucker Granted Medical Leave


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AllPolitics, Dec. 24) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker will travel to the Mayo Clinic Jan. 12 for an annual checkup. A federal judge on Tuesday granted the leave to Tucker, who is confined to his house under a Whitewater-related sentence.

Tucker had a liver transplant at the Rochester, Minn., clinic last Christmas.

The January testing will be completed by Jan. 15, according to the order issued by District Judge George Howard Jr.

Tucker is serving an 18-month sentence for fraud in his dealings with President Bill Clinton's former business partners Susan and James McDougal.

Tucker also faces separate charges stemming from a 1980s cable television deal prosecutors say involved tax evasion. That case is set to go to trial Feb. 23.

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Schiff Battles Cancer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AllPolitics, Dec. 24) -- Rep. Steve Schiff began chemotherapy Tuesday to battle squamous cell cancer, an aggressive skin cancer that has paralyzed the right side of his face and impaired his speech.

The New Mexico Republican told The Associated Press his first session was not painful, but he is fatigued by the cancer.

"I'm doing as much as I can, but there's no doubt I've slowed down," he said.

Schiff had surgery a year ago to address the cancer which started on his right ear. It recurred in April at which time he underwent another surgery. He has been away from Congress since his last surgery.

Tests last month confirmed the disease has spread to the right side of his face. He attributes the paralysis and speech problems to the tumor.

Schiff, 50, is seeking re-election next year. He was first sent to the House in 1988. He and his wife, Maria, have two children.

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