Day of Reckoning

After weeks of confusion, Bill Clinton comes to impressive and even dangerous clarity on what he hopes to accomplish -- and the sacrifices it will require

CHAOS THEORY LIKES TO THINK THAT THE BEATING OF A butterfly's wings, say, in central Mexico may, in the complex interactions of nature, eventually stir up a typhoon in the western Pacific. The Clinton presidency seemed determined in its first three weeks to validate chaos theory.

A wingbeat as gossamer and normally inconsequential as a Peruvian servant's lack of immigration papers stirred up storms over an Administration at the moment it was moving into the most powerful office in the world. Wild disproportions raged in from unexpected quarters. The famous double nanny disturbances and the fierce electrical displays over the issue...

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