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December 21, 1998 | FAY FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man who is likely to become the next speaker of the House is a former high school wrestling coach with a gentle, bear-hug manner who can gingerly arm-twist fellow lawmakers into supporting key legislative measures and still leave them smiling. On the surface, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) may seem more ferocious than he actually is.
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