Return of the Lions

In the battle over taxes and health care, a handful of Senators will determine Clinton's success -- or failure

Call it democracy. Call it anarchy. Call it gridlock. Call it another lesson in Governing 101 for Bill Clinton, now in the fifth month of his increasingly troubled presidency. Whatever it's called, the skirmishing between Clinton and Congress over the President's proposed deficit-reduction and tax plan threatened to erupt into all-out war last week as Republicans and several Democrats in both the House and Senate publicly attacked the proposal. If the Clinton package still has a fair chance of eventually passing in one form or another, that is less a tribute to the White House's political acumen than to the internal...

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