John McCain's feisty 88-year-old mother, Roberta, stood at the bar last week at a fashionable Washington book-signing party and, between bites of an hors d'oeuvre, declared that her son's presidential campaign is a "miracle." She said she had never seen any signs of political ambition in the boy as he grew up. "John has no side," she went on, using an old upper-class expression for lack of pretense. "He doesn't need money or to be famous or powerful." His actions were sometimes unpredictable,...
John McCain was about to get ambushed. In June 1996 an angry group marched into the Arizona senator's Capitol Hill office and demanded to see him. While they waited, the visitors--activists calling for government action on U.S. soldiers still missing in Vietnam--scrawled nasty notes in the guest book. "McCain--You are a traitor!!" wrote one.
Charlie Ergen was grateful, and he knew how to show it. Last March, the satellite-television billionaire was in a nasty turf battle with the TV networks. Ergen, founder of EchoStar Communications, lobbied for a Senate bill that would let companies like his continue intercepting network signals--a practice the networks say is piracy.
On the president's official schedule, the meetings are cryptically listed as "private events." In restaurants and hotel suites, surrounded by his most faithful and wealthiest supporters, Bill Clinton is quietly raising money for the project most important to him: the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library.For the president, frustrated by countless scandals over the years, the library that will bear his name has taken on a special urgency.
THE PHONE CALL WAS provocative, to say the least. Early last January, Joseph Cammarata was preparing to help argue to the Supreme Court that his client Paula Jones should get a trial for her sexual-harassment suit against President Clinton, when--he says--the voice of a woman, distraught and hesitant, came on the line. "I had a similar thing happen to me in 1995," she said.
THE PROPOSAL, MARKED ""PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL,'' was a model of bluntness. Entitled ""Background Research: Senator Don Nickles,'' the May 16, 1997, document, obtained by NEWSWEEK, outlined an extensive plan to scour the Oklahoma Republican's life for embarrassing or incriminating details: searching courthouses for ""civil, criminal, divorce and bankruptcy litigation''; hunting for ""fictitious name filings''; reviewing his and his wife's ""personal business activities.'' The goal was to...
The Supreme Court rules that Paula Jones can have her day in court. The president desperately wants the case to go away - but it won't be easy.PAULA JONES SCREAMED WHEN SHE heard the news. ""Are you kidding me?'' she asked one of her lawyers, Joe Cammarata. ""Come on.
IF WEBSTER HUBBELL FELT disgraced, he sure didn't show it. In the summer of 1994, just a few months after he quit a top job at the Justice Department amid allegations that he'd bilked his clients and his former law partners out of half a million dollars, Hubbell was living the good life.
HE WOULD CALL FROM THE LOBBY OF THE OLD EXECUTIVE Office Building--just yards from the White House. Johnny Chung rarely had an appointment, but he always carried the cachet of being a big-time Democratic moneyman--a Chinese-American entrepreneur who raised $366,000 that has since been returned because the party couldn't verify its true source.
EVEN BY WASHINGTON STANDARDS, IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT-FACE. ON Friday, just four days after Ken Starr abruptly announced he would quit in August for a job as dean of Pepperdine law school in Malibu, the Whitewater independent counsel called yet another press conference--and took it all back.
THERE WERE TWO weeks to go until Election Day, and the Democrats needed money--lots of it--to turn out their voters. On the night of Oct. 22 Bill Clinton was working a $1,500-a-person fund-raiser at the stately Biltmore Hotel in Miami when one of the guests slipped the president a business card.
August 2, 1996. The Jefferson Hotel, Washington. Upstairs, chief Clinton strategist Dick Morris ordered champagne and an intimate dinner for two. He wanted to celebrate, he told prostitute Sherry Rowlands, because earlier that day President Clinton signed the welfare bill, putting the election ""in the bag.'' Downstairs, as the Secret Service secured the hotel for the president's arrival, Democratic officials prepared for their own kind of political flesh-peddling-- another fund-raising dinner...