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. Dole consistently edged out Al Gore in popularity surveys. Women, especially, came out to see the candidate billed as the first serious woman to run for president.It wasn't enough. Last week, with her teary-eyed husband, Bob, beside her, Dole announced she was...

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). The political star attraction, Hillary Rodham Clinton, sobered things up with a talk on health care, education and the perils of tax cuts. But some of the guests had a more practical question in mind: after her three-month "listening tour" of New...

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. Last April he scoffed when a female friend asked about the hardships of prison life. It has been "one of the greatest investments of my life, to give my life for something I believe in," Matos said. Would he ask for a pardon? No, Matos said. "For the justice of my people... my desire has gotten stronger... I don't have to ask forgiveness...

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. The challenge was not cost, or suiting the requirements of the Secret Service, but the dilemma, familiar to house-hunting Yuppies, of the Gracious Old House/Small Crummy Kitchen.The Clintons...

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. But when her mom, Tipper, woke up too hoarse to introduce Al, Karenna stepped up to the microphone to attest to her father's care "for his own children and for all of our children, for his own family and for all of our families." The friendly Tennessee crowd cheered wildly--but...

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. Within hours after the article was "leaked" in time for the Sunday chat shows, talk about Hillary eclipsed talk about Talk. HILLARY BOMBSHELL: WHY I...

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. The First Lady laughed and waved him off--she'd never lived in New York--but the idea took root and grew in the media hothouse, and by last week the first staffers were moving furniture into a tattered office suite across Seventh Avenue from Macy's that will serve as campaign headquarters. A couple of other tenants came by...

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. Back home in Washington, Al Gore spent the day wondering how his wife was really handling the northern exposure. Private and wary of the rigors of campaign life, Tipper has often been a...

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. For days, Clinton administration officials had tried to discourage the trip by Jackson, other religious leaders and a congressman, arguing the unofficial diplomatic mission would only interfere with NATO's goal of weakening Slobodan Milosevic. Privately, Clinton aides feared the predictable...

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. That's impossible to image today. Since 1976 plastic has been the most widely used material in the United States. "In the five decades since World War II, plastic has crept unceasingly, and often invisibly, into our homes, cars, offices, even...

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. Jackson earned her M.B.A. from Vanderbilt on the weekends and then, based on a B-school paper she wrote, expanded the business into manufacturing. Within six years, the company had doubled its revenues and leaped into the top...

'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. The defendant, Louise Woodward, slumped and wailed, ""I didn't do anything . . . I'm only 19!'' Her four lawyers tried to comfort her, but they looked almost as miserable as...

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. Police tell horror stories coast to coast. There's 15-year-old Lucas Bielat, who gulped some during a rave in the California desert, quickly began frothing blood, curled up in the sand and died. Or Holly Harmon, 19, who remains in a coma one year after she took a swig at an Atlanta party....

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. But in Boston, there is another side to MIT: its 30 fraternities are a magnet for whiz kids who like to party. Scott Krueger wasn't ready for that. During a Greek Week celebration, the Phi Gamma Delta...

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. Take Michael Egan, 36: he got a Range Rover for his wife to use on the madhouse highways outside Boston when ferrying the kids to day care. His cousin Kevin Fitzgerald, 35, discovered that a Ford Explorer was the perfect place to store his golf clubs and fishing gear. Indeed, a mere 10 percent of 4x4...

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. With Joe's polls sinking, NEWSWEEK has learned that some of his aides were urging him to speak out, "Oprah" style--to tell how he had tried to save Michael, how he had advised his brother to seek counseling. But Joe resisted. He didn't want anything he said to be used by prosecutors...

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. If the answer is yes-and it could come as early as this week- Kennedy may well be charged with statutory rape: having sex with a minor under the age of 16, a felony in Massachusetts. Kennedy's lawyers let slip-perhaps intention-ally-that their client has passed a lie-detector test on the question...

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. In "Shattered Faith," Sheila Rauch Kennedy describes Joe, the eldest son of the late Robert Kennedy, as a hot-tempered and impatient man who badgered her for an annulment of their 12-year...

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. It sounds like a sensible way to discourage out-of-wed- lock births--but so far there's no evidence it works.Policy is colliding with reality in the lives of people like Jane, whose baby is due any day now. The 18-year-old New Bedford, Mass., woman is on...

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. Nowadays you'd be hard pressed to call yourself a conscientious parent unless you've also laid on black-and-white toys, flashcards, "scientifically designed" playthings and at least a dozen Mozart CDs--thereby supposedly guaranteeing a life full of ivy-covered diplomas and other accouterments of success.Does any of this really...

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. What may ultimately become empathy, generosity or charity stems initially from a child's selfish preoccupations. Infants are unable to distinguish themselves from the rest of the world. That may be why newborns cry at the sound of other babies crying--they're not...

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. But as the world now knows, even in a job that starts each day with spy-master reports and top-secret briefings, there can be another kind of powerful secret...

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. In the kind of room where Clinton had once greeted Boy Scouts, a general from the Joint Chiefs of Staff laid out charts and maps of the Persian Gulf, showing the deployment of U.S. warships. After a few minutes President Clinton swept into the room, flushed and excited from a...

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. Here's some of the new stuff you'll see:The "Ski Key" is a watch-size black box (worn on a Velcro wristband) that contains a microchip. It's in use at California's Northstar at Tahoe, where scanners on chairlifts keep track of vertical miles skied. Like members of airline frequent-flier clubs, Ski Keyers...

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. Both houses of Congress as well as various state and local governments have Internet addresses where voters can check out position papers and legislative records. The Democratic and Republican national committees are online, too. And individual politicians...

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. Edward Kennedy. Kennedy, now 62, is pudgy, silver-haired and a bit dissolute-looking after 32 years in the Senate and one failed presidential attempt. Chappaquiddick, the William Kennedy Smith scandal and the old rumors about the senator's private life have dented his image, and the Kennedy magic has been slowly evaporating for years, even...

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. The rides had ceased to be much fun because the two couldn't talk -- but, Frechette lamented, ""it's too much work to keep up with him.'' A few weeks ago, the Leominster, Mass., couple closed the cycling gap with a quaint contraption that's staging a comeback: a bicycle built for two. Now, as ""captain,'' Glynn can pedal as fast as...

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. Verily, as McDonald's says, "it's grounds for rejoicing."The ad is just one stir in a hot new front for the coffee wars. Beantown (nicknamed, of course, for a different bean) is pretty hip when it comes to java. It's home base to the 22-store chain Coffee Connection, which dominates local outlets of...

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. As recently as last month, Mass General snatched six Brigham doctors for its new maternity ward. Mass General doctors gossiped about the story of Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis dying under Brigham care. Then last week the hospitals suddenly joined forces. "It's like Ford merging...

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. Now American researchers confirm that it appears to be extraordinarily effective. A recent survey revealed that 80 percent of Chinese alcoholics who took Radix puerariae for two to four weeks stopped craving a cold one. The herb, sold over the counter like aspirin, not only kills...

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