CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2001
The eleventh-hour pardons coupled with gifts showered on the Clintons by the Hollywood faithful are a reminder of the arrogance and sleaze associated with his administration. Bill Clinton has ensured his legacy as a role model for future generations and single-handedly done more for campaign finance reform than all Sen. John McCain's supporters combined. Even Clinton apologists and loyalists are having difficulty attempting to justify the pardon of Marc Rich, who had been living in luxury in Switzerland until his ex, Democratic supporter Denise Rich, secured Clinton's support.
May 2, 2001 |
"On Golden Pond" failed to make much of a splash while "U.S. Marshals" exhibited some firepower by nabbing NBC's biggest movie audience since December in the first key Sunday showdown of the ratings sweeps, based on viewing estimates issued Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. Still, the weekend's closest thing to a home run belonged to a network that doesn't need to worry about boosting ratings to impress advertisers.
February 13, 2001 |
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft stepped carefully around the controversy surrounding former President Clinton's pardons Monday, saying a president's clemency power has "very few limits," but refusing to rule out a federal review of Clinton's actions. "I believe the president has a very substantial right to pardon individuals that's granted by the United States Constitution," Ashcroft told reporters at his first news conference in office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2001
A president's power to "grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States" is absolute and unappealable. It can be used at any time, though it's usually exercised when a president is about to leave office--as a last act of compassion or because at that point the departing president can no longer be hurt by political controversy. On his last day in office Bill Clinton issued 140 pardons, which initially drew only modest attention. A second look has prompted a different reaction.
February 16, 2001 |
Bill Clinton said Thursday that he is "bewildered" by the controversy over his last-minute pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich and he blamed Republicans for fueling the criticism. In a telephone call to Geraldo Rivera, host of CNBC's "Rivera Live" and a friend, the former president again denied any wrongdoing in pardoning a man who had faced federal charges of evading more than $48 million in taxes, fraud and participating in illegal oil deals with Iran.
March 24, 2002
Powerful forces often seek to influence the presidential libraries that in turn help to shape history. Yes, folks, we're talking about money and politics. And even the mists of time don't stop the struggle. Controversy has been brewing in Illinois, for instance, since that state's governor recommended a man with no experience as a historian or curator to be director of the $115-million Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum planned for Springfield.
November 28, 2005 |
Sharon Stone, just back from the London set of "Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction," was munching on a bagel last week and recounting a career moment when she was gripped with the worry that she had exposed herself too much and on too big a stage. "I had a little cry-fest there for a few days; it was overwhelming. I had to sit down on the floor when I first saw it."
March 1, 2001 |
Congressional investigators will review the names of large donors to former President Clinton's library foundation under an agreement reached Wednesday between a House committee and Clinton's attorney. The agreement, coming after the foundation first balked at turning over documents listing donors of $5,000 or more, means that staff lawyers for the House Government Reform Committee will begin examining the records Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2001
There's a crucial distinction that has not been made about the Clinton pardons. While everyone will concede the appearance (if not the legal fact) that former President Clinton received cash or other personal gain for pardons, apologists then cite prior presidential pardons as defense. The prior cases cited (Bush and Caspar Weinberger; Carter and draft dodgers; Ford and Nixon; and even Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion) dealt with political issues that divided the nation. Even the Weinberger case, which has been suggested represented an attempt by former President Bush to protect himself, should be seen as putting closure to divisive litigation that had already seen Oliver North's conviction overturned by the courts.