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The Notebook: Who Moves To The U.N.?

"English is a great language, but there's nothing sacred about it... It is the language of the greatest number of consumers."
Jesse Jackson, speaking against a California ballot initiative to outlaw bilingual education, in the San Francisco Examiner


Job Bank: Which Heavyweight Does Albright Prefer?

TIME magazine (TIME, June 8) -- When President Clinton chose Madeleine Albright over George Mitchell and Richard Holbrooke to be Secretary of State, both men took the disappointment graciously and then devoted themselves to thorny problems--Mitchell in Northern Ireland, Holbrooke in Bosnia, Kosovo and Cyprus. Now, with U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson expected to move to the Energy Department, friends of Holbrooke are lobbying Clinton to appoint him to the post. Clinton admires Holbrooke's negotiating skills and his ability to "rattle the china," as a top White House official put it. Also, Holbrooke is close to Al Gore. But Mitchell is also being mentioned, though officials are not sure he wants the job. "If he wants it, it would be hard to say no to him," says an insider. Albright, for her part, is torn. She recognizes Holbrooke's talent but feels he sometimes acts as if he, not Clinton, is President. "He sucks up a room," says an insider at State. "He's smart as hell, but sometimes you want to wring his neck." Albright's dilemma: Does she want a successful team player or a brilliant guy who has the ear of the Prez and the Veep--and might make an end run?

Graphology: The Handwriting On The Wall

With Ken Starr seeking samples of Monica Lewinsky's handwriting, he might do well to consider the deeper meaning of her p's and q's. We asked Roger Rubin, the president of the National Society for Graphology, to discuss Lewinsky's penmanship, and he showed us this note, written by Lewinsky to the six-year-old son of an acquaintance. His findings: "She has high intelligence. Her letter formations show aesthetic awareness and sophistication... She's not a wimpy little girl, but a person of purpose... [I]n her writing, there are different styles, which show her adaptability. This is a person who will try a variety of methods to get what she wants."

--She's directed: "The movement to the right of her words shows the urge and the pressure that carry her forward to wherever she's going."

--She's efficient: "The merging of the p into the i and the t into the u shows that she makes her point without any extra effort."

--She's family oriented: "Her signature is the most conservative part of the sample. She writes the L in Lewinsky like she learned it in school, showing that her relationship to her family still has a conservative and conventional quality."

--Overall: "I have a very positive take on this person."

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Cover Date: June 8, 1998

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The Conscience Of A Curmudgeon
Kinder, Gentler--And In The Lead
Smaller Pond
The Man Behind Prop. 227
The Notebook: Who Moves To The U.N.?


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