When Arkansas state troopers Larry Patterson and Roger Perry met with reporters last week, standing beside them as media liaison and anecdote prodder was a Little Rock lawyer whom friends of Bill Clinton have taken to calling ''Ahab.'' It is a befitting moniker: from the moment he began telling journalists last year that Clinton was lying about the draft, Cliff Jackson has been out to harpoon the President. The question is why. Surprisingly, the two have much in common. Both were overachievers who grew up in small Arkansas towns; both won scholarships to Oxford; they even served as co-captains on the...

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