Rep. Tom Lantos fought with the Hungarian underground as a Budapest teenager in World War II and was among the Jews rescued from the Nazis by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.
The legislative term of art is drier than sawdust: "nonseverability." But as Sen. John McCain likes to say, "It's French for no campaign-finance reform." It's also the moment of truth for Senate Democrats who claim to support the McCain-Feingold-Cochran bill, which eliminates unlimited and unregulated "soft money" donations from unions and corporations.
Anyone who thinks that the debate over campaign-finance reform, which will return to the Senate floor next week, is a piece of policy esoterica with little relevance to their lives ought to take a look at "Buying Influence, Selling Death," a new study of tobacco-industry money and its pernicious influence on our politics.
Senate Democrats who support the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance bill will return from recess next week to a game where the stakes have been raised considerably by a critical constituency: organized labor.
Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana surveyed the packed Crystal Room at the Willard Hotel Tuesday night and had to marvel. Moderation has never been so hot. The occasion was the winter dinner of the New Democrat Network (NDN), the fund-raising organization he cofounded with Sen.
Wednesday should have been a good day for former Sen. John Ashcroft. His prospects for confirmation as George W. Bush???s attorney general, which had always been bright, started to take on an aura of certainty.
Early in the 1988 presidential campaign, Al Gore was getting ready to debate his Democratic primary opponents when his mother slipped him a note. Pauline Gore, widely regarded as the most astute politician in the family, had written just three words: "Smile, Relax, Attack." Gore has seldom strayed from his mother's advice.
Al Gore looked every bit the good son as he accompanied Shirley Kindle to fill her prescriptions last week at an East Hartford, Conn., pharmacy. The 65-year-old retired clerical worker, who has no insurance coverage for drugs, rang up $506.34 for a month's supply of medicines to treat diabetes and other ailments; the total devouring her monthly Social Security check of $496.
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his big brother, George W, like to share. That includes even the lines they use to distance themselves from their famous parents. "I'm not running because I'm the son of George and Barbara Bush, but because I'm the father of... [insert names of appropriate children here]," both men said in 1994, when they first ran for governorships.
It may have been a bit more than some of the 1,200 Democratic women at last week's Washington fund-raiser wanted to know about the real Al Gore. The Gores have decided that marital bliss sells in the post-Monica era, so when Tipper called her reserved husband to the stage, he made sure everyone knew he was actually a tiger after hours. "I love it when she beckons me with her finger like that," Gore said. "I always respond."Election time is approaching, and once again Gore is trying to colorize...
Bill Clinton loves the hotel del Coronado in San Diego. With its Pacific view, it's one of his favorite places to jog. But as the president huffed down the beach last week, a bystander cut into his early-morning down time. "You're a draft-dodging, yellow-bellied liar," shouted a woman just yards from the president.
BILL CLINTON KNOWS THAT GREEN sells. He celebrated the Fourth of July by helping launch Freedom, a bald eagle recently recovered from a broken wing, back into the wilds of southern Maryland. ""Beautiful, fabulous,'' the president exclaimed to the cameras as Freedom flapped off.
IT WAS RON BROWN'S SIGNATURE role as commerce secretary--playing shepherd to a planeload of American CEOs in search of new foreign business. The destination last Wednesday was Croatia, where executives from AT&T, Bechtel and 10 other firms would press government officials for a larger role in the postwar reconstruction of the former Yugoslavia.
IN THE SPRING OF 1992 RICK ROBINSON was a gung-ho Ross Perot supporter. Fed up with government regulations, mush-mouthed career politicians and a Republican Party seemingly unable to revive the economy, the 48-year-old Vietnam veteran enlisted in Perot's populist army.
JACKIE TEDRICK WAS FEELING WISTFUL about the 1992 Clinton-Gore bus tour. She was one of about 10,000 people who gathered at the old Illinois Statehouse in Vandalia on the evening of July 21 to cheer the Democratic ticket on the last leg of its eight-state barnstorming trip.
EVEN AFTER THE MOST humiliating stretch of days in the Clinton presidency-after the parade of subpoenas, the forced resignation of the White House counsel, the Republican charges of cover-up, the spectacle of aides marching into the federal courthouse to deliver grand jury testimony-the White House still simmered in an angry state of denial for much of last week.
BRENDA HENSON GOT THE MESSAGE early on the morning of Nov. 8 as she dug a ditch on her new 120-acre farm in Ovett, Miss. She was readying the site for Camp Sister Spirit, a women's retreat she cofounded last summer with other community activists from nearby Biloxi and Gulfport.