Saying Farewell To A Futile Campaign

On paper, at least, she was No. 2. In poll after poll, Elizabeth Dole trailed only front-runner George W. Bush in the race for the Republican presidential nomination--and in some, she was far ahead of rivals John McCain and Steve Forbes.

Setting Off On Her Own

The Democratic donors packed Victor and Sarah Kovner's Manhattan living room, spilling into the apartment next door. For up to $1,000 apiece, they got wine, snacks and a chance to sing "If I Had a Hammer" with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary).

Forgive Us Our Revolution

Adolfo Matos wasn't about to apologize. The Puerto Rican nationalist was serving a 70-year sentence for conspiracy and weapons charges at a California prison.

Putting Down Some Roots

It's the sort of house that everyone wants and only investment bankers can afford. But with the help of a rich friend, Bill and Hillary Clinton, who are saddled with hefty legal bills, last week bought a house that is comfy and airy, stately but not flashy, in a leafy New York suburb for $1.7 million.

A Daughter In The Loop

Nearly nine months pregnant, Karenna Gore Schiff had no intention of taking the political stage last June. She had to get permission from her doctor just to fly to the kickoff of her father's presidential campaign.

Stuck In The Spin Cycle

The debut issue of Tina Brown's magazine Talk runs 254 pages. But page 174 made all the news. Hillary Clinton's startling assertion that her husband was "scarred by abuse"--and her apparent attempts to partly blame his philandering on his unhappy childhood--sent scandal-starved tabloids and talking heads into a gleeful feeding frenzy last week.

Get Ready To Rumble

It began as a verbal pep pill--New York Rep. Charles Rangel telling Hillary Clinton during the depths of her Monica misery that she should run for the Senate from New York.

Tipper Steps Out

It was Tipper Gore's first solo campaign outing of the year, a daylong sprint across New Hampshire on a miserable snowy day in January. Mrs. Gore cheerfully trudged from hospital to meeting hall, shaking hands, talking up her husband--and giving voters an up-close look at the lady who would be First Lady.

The Power Of Prayer

The day before Jesse Jackson made his pilgrimage to Belgrade to seek the release of three American prisoners of war, he stopped at the White House for a chat with Sandy Berger, the national-security adviser.

Plastics

WHEN THE TITANIC plunged to the ocean floor in 1912, it became an underwater time capsule, a snapshot of life in the early 20th century. Salvagers who recovered the riches aboard the wreck 75 years later were struck by the absence of one material: plastic.

Getting Down To Cases

WHEN HER FATHER and his business partner both died suddenly in the same month, Victoria Jackson was just 22 years old and about to graduate from college. She quickly junked plans for a career in fashion and took control of their Nashville diesel-parts distribution company.

'I Didn't Do Anything'

In a verdict that's roiling two nations, a jury disagrees and finds that a British au pair murdered her 8-month-old charge by shaking him to death. Inside the trial--and its aftermathWHEN THE JURY'S VERDICT--guilty of murder in the second degree--was announced in Cambridge, Mass., it was hard to tell who was most horrified.

Death Of The Party

ON THE STREET THEY CALL IT Grievous Bodily Harm. That ominous nickname may be lousy shorthand for gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), but it's a tragically accurate description of the nation's hot new party drug.

Drinking And Dying

THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF Technology is known as a demanding school, and Scott Krueger was ready for it. He had graduated near the top of his high-school class in upstate New York, and no one doubted that he could balance his freshman engineering classes with early-morning crew practice.

Get That Ute Off The Highway

THE 4X4 IS THE EPITOME OF suburban chic. One in seven cars sold in the United States today is a sport utility vehicle, but we all know Americans aren't buying them for rugged, outdoorsy reasons.

A Dynasty In Decline

JOE KENNEDY WAS IN A BIND. FOR weeks, the 44-year-old congressman and eldest son of Robert E Kennedy had been dodging allegations that he had long known about his brother Michael's affair with a family baby sitter.

A Simmering Scandal

THE YOUNG WOMAN was a regular babysitter for Michael Kennedy's three children. She may have been Michael's illicit lover as well. Now she must decide whether she will be a witness against him in court.

Kennedy Vs. Kennedy

THERE'S PROBABLY NO PERFECT moment for your ex to tell all about your breakup. But for U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, the timing could hardly be worse. His ex-wife is beginning a national tour to plug an unflattering new book just as the six-term congressman is plotting a step up to governor of Massachusetts.

When Policy Collides With Reality

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO break the cycle for welfare moms: no extra money for extra kids. Called a family cap, the rule is a conservative article of faith, and in 19 states, from California to the Carolinas, it's a centerpiece of welfare reform.

Pots, Blocks &Amp; Socks

THE BABY IS DUE SOON, SO you're out buying the normal stuff--diapers, receiving blankets, towels, powder, creams. Think you're done? Only if you're immune from guilt.

Raising A Moral Child

FIRST COMES HEALTH. "Doctor," every parent asks, "is my baby OK?" Then comes the harder part: "Will my child turn out to be good?" A child's first few years of life are the key to whether you wind up with a darling or a delinquent.

Family Secrets

KNOWLEDGE IS power in Washington, and none are more powerful than those who traffic in the secrets of state. For 25 years Madeleine Albright has lived in this milieu, moving confidently from the casual confidences of the legislative lobby to the pinnacle of diplomatic posts, where she is fed a daily diet of eyes-only, top-secret papers.

World's Apart

ON SEPT. 2, NATIONAL-SECURITY ADVISER TONY Lake flew to Little Rock to brief the president on options for a cruise-missile attack on Iraq. The trip was secret; Lake was hustled through a back door of the Old State House.

High-Tech Skiing

With their spandex bodysuits, oversize goggles and neon skis, skiers already look high-tech, ready made for the millennium. But fashion isn't all that's futuristic on the slopes this season.

Ready, Teddy? You're Online

Remember the electronic town hall? It seemed like science fiction when candidates first talked about online politicking in the '92 campaign. But two years later, more and more politicians are venturing into cyberspace to press virtual flesh.

See Teddy Run Scared

With his boyish good looks and his soft-edged conservatism, millionaire businessman W. Mitt Romney looks like just the guy to scare the daylights out of Sen.

What Has 4 Legs And 2 Wheels?

MELANIE FRECHETTE, 30, AND HER FIANCE, John Glynn, 35, are both serious cyclists. But when the duo embarked on weekend rides together, they wound up finishing solo.

A Battle Brews In Beantown

WHEN EVEN McDONALD'S GETS SERIOUS about coffee, you know the millennium has arrived. In Boston, Mcdonald's has just launched ads promising to freshly grind and brew a "premium gourmet" blend.

General Hospital: One-Stop Shopping

FOR YEARS NOW MASSACHUSETTS General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital have fought over patients, staff and research dollars. They have stockpiled high-tech equipment and duplicated expensive medical services.

Instead Of A Beer, Try This Root

AMERICA HAS TRIED TO COMBAT ITS epidemic alcohol problem with everything from expensive therapies to Prohibition. By contrast, the Chinese have long relied on a simple and inexpensive remedy, an extract of kudzu root.

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