A Cause of Her Own

Tipper Gore has been lugging around a textbook on depression, which is oddly out of place in the hands of such a cheerful woman, the one person who seems to be able to unstuff the shirt of Vice President Al Gore. He gets so relaxed around her that at one of the marathon health-care task force meetings recently, he rubbed her aching neck. The neck notwithstanding, the Vice President says Tipper is "having a blast" in her job as mental-health adviser to the President's health-care task force, a slight exaggeration of the pleasure of spending late nights poring over options for...

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