Michael Isikoff

Fundraising: What Comes Around ...

Using Vice President Dick Cheney's official residence as a calling card, the Republican National Committee is gearing up for a round of fund-raising this week that party officials hope will rake in more than $20 million in soft money for next year's election campaign.

The Culture Of 'Yes Men'

FBI Director Louis Freeh couldn't have been more emphatic. "I am not here to ... make excuses," he stated as forcefully as he could. This was not the way Freeh wanted to make his exit.

Ashcroft's Pr Offensive

When John Ashcroft was struggling to win confirmation as attorney general early this year, critics vilified him as a right-wing ideologue who would turn back the clock on abortion and civil rights.

An Unpaid Tab In Florida

Few lawyers did more to help George W. Bush become president than Barry Richard. As Bush's quarterback in the Florida courts during last fall's bruising recount, the white-maned Tallahassee, Fla., litigator became a familiar figure to TV audiences.

'I Made A Mistake'

The country's leading Jewish civil-rights organization acknowledged today that it had received a $100,000 grant from fugitive financier Marc Rich weeks after the group's national director became involved in efforts to secure Rich a presidential pardon.

Pardon Mess Thickens

A new batch of provocative e-mails suggests that top advisers to fugitive financier Marc Rich first plotted nearly a year ago to send Rich's ex-wife, wealthy Democratic donor Denise Rich, on a "personal mission" to President Clinton-the first foray in an extraordinarily well-orchestrated pardon campaign that began long before lawyers for Rich have publicly acknowledged.

A Million-Dollar Pledge Raises More Questions For Clinton

Beth Dozoretz, a major Democratic Party fund-raiser who urged President Clinton to pardon fugitive financier Marc Rich, last year pledged to raise $1 million for the Clinton presidential library, NEWSWEEK has learned.The records detailing Dozoretz's previously undisclosed promise were turned over to a House committee today along with records showing that Dozoretz's friend, Denise Rich, the fugitive's ex-wife, had contributed $450,000 to the library.

A Pardon's Path

Arthur Levitt Jr. didn't hide his feelings. On the morning of Jan. 19, the day before Bill Clinton left office, the Securities and Exchange Commission chairman got a phone call from a top White House official.

Why Keating Didn't Cut It

Only a few weeks ago, Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating had every reason to believe he'd soon be moving to Washington. Talk inside the Beltway had him topping the short list for attorney general.

Forward Into Battle

John Ashcroft knew how to bring the crowd to its feet. He finished his speech to the 1998 South Carolina Republican Party Convention by holding up two pictures of his grandson: one a sonogram of a fetus, the other a photo of the newborn infant. "If the Supreme Court had seen these pictures, had known about this 25 years ago, would they have said it was OK to destroy this grandson of mine?" he said, as the audience roared. "I say, 'No.' I say Americans must protect unborn children in the law."...

Settling Old Scores In The Swamp

It was a declaration that the man from the Bush-Cheney campaign might, at a calmer moment, like to take back, or perhaps phrase more delicately. But chaos and confusion can make petty despots of us all, and to any Bush supporter the scene in the Leon County Library must have looked like democracy unhinged.

War Of The Weary

The clock had runout, and so had Judge Charles Burton's good humor. The head of the Palm Beach election-canvassing board had appealed for more time--just a bit, after, as he put it, "an awful lot of great people...

The View From The Courtroom

Washington superlawyer Theodore Olson had barely begun to press his case for George W. Bush this morning when he got hit with a high, hard one. It came, surprisingly enough, from the right. "We're looking for a federal issue," said Justice Anthony Kennedy, a usually reliable conservative.

Bush's Secret Strategy

George W. Bush long has tried to avoid questions about the days when, as he puts it, "I was young and irresponsible." Before last week one of his closest shaves came in September 1996, when he was called for jury duty in the Travis County Court of Law--a jurisdiction with a heavy docket of DWI cases.

A New Fight For Arab Votes

Not long into last week's debate, George W. Bush made a brief, cryptic remark in response to a question about racial discrimination. "Arab-Americans are racially profiled in what's called 'secret evidence'," he said. "People are stopped, and we got to do something about that." The line probably flew right by most viewers.

The Bush Clan's Donor Problem

A. Glenn Braswell, a Florida-based mail-order magnate who once served seven months in federal prison for perjury and mail fraud, has contributed $220,000 to Republican causes during the past two years--including $25,000 to George W.

Into The Sunshine

Every Saturday morning Sylvia Lee and her children would pass through the metal detector and take their seats by the glass partition in the bleak room where maximum-security prisoners meet visitors.

A Question Of Profiling

When it began nearly two years ago, the U.S. government's inquiry into Edward T. Fei's security status seemed routine if slightly puzzling. Fei has long been one of the Energy Department's top experts on nuclear proliferation--a senior if relatively anonymous official who traveled the globe monitoring weapons programs in countries like Iraq and North Korea.

A Case Based On Race?

As federal prosecutors told the story last year, there was no greater threat to the country's safety than an unimposing former Los Alamos physicist named Wen Ho Lee.

The Perils Of Romance

One of Attorney General Janet Reno's top troubleshooters at the Justice Department engaged in "egregious misconduct," including improperly using his position to obtain a visa for a Russian woman with whom he was having an "intimate" relationship and then lying about it to investigators, according to a department report.The 450-page report, released to Congress today by the Justice Department Inspector General's office, found that the actions of veteran official Robert Bratt-who quietly resigned...

A New Front In The Drug War

California's voters may be in revolt again. The folks who have to foot the bill in the state with the highest ratio of imprisoned drug offenders in the country--134 per 100,000 people, compared with 49 in Texas--may have had enough.

Another Jury For Clinton

When the news broke within hours of Al Gore's acceptance speech last week, outraged Democrats smelled something rotten in the independent counsel's office: once again, prosecutors seemed to be playing politics with leaks about the Monica Lewinsky case.

A Bush Mystery In Alabama

As he barnstormed through Alabama in late June, Texas Gov. George W. Bush wanted the press to pick up on his issue du jour, soaring gasoline prices. But in Tuscaloosa he was blindsided by reporters asking picky questions about a little-known chapter in his past--three months of reserve duty with an Air National Guard unit in Montgomery, Ala., in 1972.

Race, Death And The Feds

Pristine and green-tiled, at first glance it could be confused with a hospital operating room. Except for the gurney in the center of the space, which is fitted with restraining straps.

A New Bump In Al's Road

April 29, 1996, was another marathon day on the campaign trail for Al Gore. He left his Naval Observatory residence at 6:30 a.m. to board Air Force Two for a flight to Los Angeles and would not return until 5 the next morning.

A Very Close Call For Al

Charles Uribe, chairman of A.J. Construction Co. in New York, got an unusual phone message on Feb. 2, 1996. "The vice president is on the line," his secretary said. "Vice president of what?" Uribe barked. "The vice president of the United States," she said.