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Some pre-Inaugural stumbles

IF BILL CLINTON WANTS HIS TOP OFFICIALS TO BE, IN Dwight Eisenhower's famous words, "clean as a hound's tooth," he'd better start handing out the toothpaste.

A little slow on the ethical uptake

Commerce Secretary-designate Ronald Brown was all set to be the guest of honor at a lavish Kennedy Center gala for which a group of corporations were reportedly asked to ante up $10,000 apiece. Among them were Anheuser-Busch, J.C. Penney and PepsiCo. Brown apparently failed to see any prospective conflict of interest, until the press and Clinton himself thought otherwise. Brown canceled out.

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