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MARCH 27, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 12

Spotlight

SHOOTING OFF A double-barreled claim that U.S. President Bill Clinton has "blood on his hands" for not enforcing gun control laws leaves a leading firearms-lobby spokesman, N.R.A. executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, without even George W. Bush's support. Perhaps a mouth-safety lock is in order. Illustration for TIME by Stephen Kroninger

Winners
JOSE MARIA AZNAR
After his sweeping victory over the Socialists, Spain's P.M. vows to continue free-market push
SAM MENDES
Briton picks up top Director's Guild award for American Beauty. Is Oscar next?
SHANE WARNE
Australian cricketer makes history as the country's highest wicket-taker in Tests
  Losers
MICK JAGGER
Some Girls! Court orders the Stones singer to pay child support for siring Brazilian model's baby
CONRAD BLACK
Judge throws out media baron's lawsuit against Canadian P.M. over right to British peerage
MICHAEL JACKSON
Pop star's plans for a Warsaw theme park are put on hold when talks with investor falter

Verbatim
"I haven't seen a lot of the other nominated films because they're rated R."
HALEY JOEL OSMENT, 11-year-old star of The Sixth Sense, on this year's field of Oscar contenders

"The Chinese people are ready to shed blood and sacrifice their lives to defend the sovereignty ... of the motherland."
ZHU RONGJI, Chinese Premier, threatening military action if Taiwan opts for independence
  "I did not detect any psychological baggage."
WILLIAM COHEN, U.S. Defense Secretary, on his historic visit to Vietnam

"When the French government takes a decision, France does not need to consult the Americans."
CHRISTIAN SAUTTER, Finance Minister, tweaking Germany for seeking U.S. approval of Horst Koehler's nomination to be head of the International Monetary Fund

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