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August 28, 1994 | KAREN TUMULTY and EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Through the squalls and storms of the past few months, no one has been more doggedly upbeat about President Clinton's ambitious plan for national health care reform than senior adviser Ira Magaziner and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Magaziner, chief architect of Clinton's health care plan, took great delight in calling attention to his office bookshelves.
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April 27, 2002 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time when Congress is stalemated on a spate of issues, one measure is an eye-catching exception: a major rewrite of federal farm policy. While most other major legislation seems doomed to election-year oblivion, congressional negotiators put the finishing touches Friday on a bill that would increase agriculture subsidies a staggering 70% over the next decade.
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NEWS
April 29, 1997 | FAYE FIORE
By all indications, it looked like it was going to be a Wednesday afternoon session of vacation slides from hell. There we were, holed up on a lovely spring day in the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Bob Filner, San Diego Democrat, while he described snapshots of his recent trip to the Philippines. Everybody got their own set. "Bob and Jane Filner enjoy breakfast with the Sons and Daughters of World War II veterans. . . .
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April 9, 2002 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The House is poised this week to approve legislation that would ease donation-reporting rules for a broad class of political groups, opening a new front in the campaign finance debate. Critics say the measure, coming just weeks after the enactment of a landmark law to limit donations to national political parties, could encourage certain groups to receive huge contributions from wealthy donors while escaping effective scrutiny.
NEWS
January 26, 2000 | ART PINE and NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton said Tuesday that the budget he will send Congress on Feb. 7 will propose paying off the entire $3.6-trillion national debt by 2013--two years earlier than had been expected even a few months ago. At a news conference, the president attributed the opportunity for a speedup to an economy that is even stronger than had been forecast, resulting in higher tax revenue and lower expenses, and to his own austere budget policies.
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August 10, 1989 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
Howard and Connie Clery were delighted when their only daughter, Jeanne, told them of her decision to enroll at Lehigh, a small private co-educational university in Bethlehem, Pa., little more than an hour from home. Had she chosen to follow in the footsteps of her two brothers, Jeanne might have gone off to New Orleans, to Tulane, which was so far away. Yes, the Clerys agreed, Lehigh was perfect. "The minute she saw Lehigh she fell in love with it," Connie Clery remembers.
NEWS
December 18, 1998 | BRIAN MOOAR, WASHINGTON POST
It took some searching, but Richard Swain found the coat he was looking for last month at a store in Greenbelt, Md. The black, fur-trimmed parka resembled others on the racks, but the tag was unsettling. It said the trim was "Mongolia Dog Fur." The find was a coup for Swain, chief investigator for the Humane Society of the United States, which is wrapping up an 18-month undercover probe into what it says is an extensive worldwide trade in the pelts of domesticated dogs.
NEWS
November 18, 1993 | JAMES GERSTENZANG and MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A painfully divided House of Representatives approved the North American Free Trade Agreement by an unexpectedly large margin Wednesday night, ending a hard-fought battle that grew into a referendum on the fundamental changes sweeping the American economy. The vote was 234 to 200, 16 more than the 218 needed for passage. The Senate is expected to act on the measure within days. Passage there is not in doubt.
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March 13, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crawling up the Capitol steps to dramatize the barriers confronting them, scores of disabled persons rallied Monday to protest delays in congressional action on a Senate-passed bill to expand their access to jobs, transportation and public services. The legislation, endorsed by President Bush, has broad bipartisan backing but has been moving at glacial speed through four House committees since it was approved overwhelmingly by the Senate last September.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1994 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the picket line outside Caterpillar's sprawling tractor plant, John McCoy uses his head to display his disdain for his employer of 29 years: He wears a John Deere cap. Just up the street, a union billboard painted in Caterpillar's bold yellow colors announces: "You are entering a war zone. Caterpillar vs. its UAW employees." Such are the symbols of the nation's longest ongoing labor confrontation.
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March 12, 2002 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks postponed a brewing debate on immigration reform, the House today is expected to approve a measure backed by President Bush to help certain immigrants stay in the United States while they seek legal residency. The House action comes after Bush prodded Republican leaders to pass the measure before he makes a four-day swing next week through Mexico, Peru and El Salvador. The measure has strong bipartisan support in the Senate.
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March 5, 2002 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With negotiations dragging on longer than expected, final action stalled again Monday in the Senate on legislation to overhaul the nation's voting machinery and procedures. Democrats failed for the second time in four days to overcome a Republican-led filibuster of the bill, prompting Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to shelve the measure. He said that lawmakers today would instead begin a lengthy debate on energy policy.
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February 24, 2002 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Congress returns from a weeklong recess Monday, Republicans face renewed pressure to resolve a politically sensitive issue that has divided their ranks: legislation to extend unemployment benefits for millions of people who use up their regular benefits. The long-stalled bill has taken on new urgency because, in the coming weeks, people who lost their jobs because of the economic effect of the Sept.
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February 13, 2002 | NICK ANDERSON and JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The House on Tuesday opened a freewheeling debate on money in politics, with Republican leaders beseeching about two dozen undecided GOP lawmakers to help derail a proposal to limit large donations from unions, corporations and wealthy individuals. The leaders, claiming that GOP control of the House could be at stake, today will try to amend a bill that would ban the unlimited donations to national political parties that are known as soft money.
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February 13, 2002 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three political fund-raising scandals. Two maverick presidential campaigns. One White House veto. And more than a decade of frustration, reversals and dashed hopes. That's what it has taken for supporters of campaign finance reform to reach a House vote expected today that may constitute their best chance yet to force their vision into law. In their decade-plus of struggle, reformers have been compelled to ruthlessly narrow their aims.
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February 12, 2002 | JANET HOOK and NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the House battle on campaign finance reform legislation starts today, frantic Republican leaders are warning their troops that the future strength of the GOP is at risk if the bill passes. But a key party warrior has been missing from the battlefield: President Bush, who has been keeping a low profile in the House's pivotal debate on limiting special-interest contributions to politics.
MAGAZINE
April 25, 1993 | RANDY SHILTS, This article is adapted from "Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military," copyright 1993 by Randy Shilts, reprinted with permission from St. Martin's Press. Shilts' previous book was "And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic." He lives in San Francisco.
Much of the current debate over gays and lesbians in the U.S. armed forces has been entirely irrelevant to the genuine problems posed by excluding them. Opponents of lifting the ban on homosexuals in the military talk incessantly of the problems posed by gays' announcing their sexuality. This betrays an appalling ignorance of how the ban actually functions. Ever since the anti-gay regulations were first enacted in 1943, they created a dilemma for military investigators. How do you find gays?
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | PETER CARLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Since her daughter was shot to death, Danna Schaeffer hasn't thought twice about jumping into the line of fire. Last spring, the petite woman with short red hair bounced to her feet in a suburban Oregon church auditorium filled with angry gun-control opponents. Without blinking, Schaeffer faced the crowd and said exactly what they didn't want to hear. Earlier, the rage in the town meeting had been aimed at Rep. Les AuCoin (D-Ore.
NEWS
February 1, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Seeking to inoculate himself and other Republicans against political fallout from the Enron Corp. debacle, President Bush will soon ask Congress to broadly revamp pension laws, including enhancing the ability of workers to diversify their retirement accounts heavy with company stock, officials said Thursday. The president will unveil his proposal today at a congressional Republican retreat in West Virginia.
NEWS
January 26, 2002 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost all politicians here profess generic support for campaign finance reform. But getting them to endorse--and actually vote for--specific proposals can be a slippery task. Well aware of this, the advocates of a House bill to limit big-money donations redoubled their efforts Friday to firm up their fragile bipartisan coalition. The mobilization came after the success Thursday of their petition drive to force a House vote on the reform issue. Reps. Martin T. Meehan (D-Mass.
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