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Thursday, April 29, 1999

U.S. bears brunt of new world order
Members of Congress who evacuated the capital even more completely than usual last weekend to avoid the NATO summit crush missed more than cocktail parties and fancy dinners. The "new strategic concept" adopted by the alliance at its 50th anniversary celebration propels the U.S. military into unlimited responsibilities for policing a new world order.

Monday, April 26, 1999

Dole has to depart from script
The extent of the transformation Elizabeth Dole must undergo to effectively run for president was shown in her paid appearance last month before a business group in San Antonio. Not only was her speech completely scripted, but so was the subsequent question-and-answer period.

Sunday, April 25, 1999

Backing off `Clinton's war'
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, assuming his new duties as a party leader, quietly is advising Republican colleagues not to try to "steal" the Yugoslav war from President Clinton.

Backing off `Clinton's war'
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, assuming his new duties as a party leader, quietly is advising Republican colleagues not to try to ``steal'' the Yugoslav war from President Clinton.

Thursday, April 22, 1999

Clinton bets everything on bombing
Members of Congress returned from hurried visits to the Yugoslav war zone this week with the stupefying word that NATO's high command has no contingency plan whatsoever to invade Kosovo. In resolving the greatest dilemma of his tumultuous career, President Clinton still is betting on bombing.

Monday, April 19, 1999

Colombia on track for disaster
With the U.S. war machine focused on Yugoslavia, it was hardly noticed that two Americans were among the airline passengers taken prisoner by leftist guerrillas in a Colombia hijacking last week. That may foretell a coming catastrophe.

Sunday, April 18, 1999

Clark on the offensive
Members of Congress who, during their spring recess, met in Brussels with Gen. Wesley Clark, the NATO supreme commander, were startled by his bellicosity.

Thursday, April 15, 1999

War drags on but opposition dies out
Republican members of Congress returned to Washington Tuesday after their spring break to find that the war most of them voted against two weeks earlier threatens to stretch far into the future, consuming the long-awaited budget surplus. Yet, their public opposition to President Clinton's war policies is diminishing.

Monday, April 12, 1999

Is U.S. trying to buy off Russia?
Secret negotiations in Moscow last week to funnel more International Monetary Fund billions into the improvident Russian government were encouraged by the Clinton administration's managers of the NATO strikes against Yugoslavia. That connection suggests an elaborate scheme to buy the Kremlin's neutrality in the Balkan war.

Thursday, April 8, 1999

Seizure of U.S. troops a mystery
I received a call March 23 from a national security source who told me of secret U.S. intelligence that Serb forces were prepared to abduct American troops stationed in Macedonia. I could not confirm the tip, and besides, it seemed inconceivable that the U.S. military would permit this to happen.

Monday, April 5, 1999

`Clinton-hater' tag riles GOP leaders
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, watching Sunday morning television March 28 from his home in Pascagoula, Miss., was so upset by ABC's ``This Week'' that he switched it off. What bothered him was Bill Kristol, the program's designated conservative Republican.

Sunday, April 4, 1999

War chest gives Bradley new respect
Democratic insiders who had written off former Sen. Bill Bradley as a serious candidate for the party's presidential nomination were stunned when he reported $3 million to $4 million in contributions to his campaign.

Monday, March 29, 1999

GOP lacks nerve to trim spending
As Congress recessed for a two-week spring break, its members could not have cared less about the nation's undeclared war on Serbia. Republicans in particular were euphoric that the House and Senate passed similar budget resolutions on schedule Thursday, in their satisfaction overlooking the budget's vanilla flavor.

Sunday, March 28, 1999

Hutchison stands up to Clinton
At President Clinton's White House meeting Tuesday with important members of Congress, Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas interrupted his argument for using force against Serbia by saying: ``That's not true, Mr. President!''

Thursday, March 25, 1999

After bombing, what's next?
In private sessions with Clinton administration officials, senators have posed this question: If air strikes do not force Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to accept the Kosovo peace plan, what will be the next U.S. move? There is no reply, because U.S. policymakers cannot even contemplate the logical answer: dispatch American combat troops.

Monday, March 22, 1999

The first lady's real ambition
The notion of Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Senate from New York has been transformed from fanciful speculation to realistic probability for the worst of reasons: the first lady's private life and personal ambitions.

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