October 2003
New Republic;10/6/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 14, p8
This article consists of news briefs related to United States politics and government. The New York Times' William Safire's latest theory, proposed this week on NBC's "Meet The Press" and elaborated on in his column, is that the "Clinton-Gore mafia" have flocked to work for Wesley Clark's presidential campaign because the general is a "stalking horse" for Hillary Clinton's secret White House aspirations. Safire's theory is so riddled with logical holes that he felt obligated to provide a backup conspiracy, suggesting in the same "Meet the Press" appearance that Clark will be a sacrificial lamb whose loss will provide "a clear field for Hillary Clinton to run in 2008." George W. Bush should be glad his speech at the United Nations this week drew only polite applause. Anything louder might have brought down the house--literally. But, if the Bush administration expects outsized influence at the United Nations (and it does), its support for the institution will have to be similarly grand. For the last week, John Ashcroft has been stumping the country to defend his magnum opus, the Patriot Act. Last week in Memphis, he took aim at the complaint that the act permits the government to pore through library and bookstore records. This week, we add David Hajdu to our masthead as a regular music critic for The New Republic.


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