News Digest May 30-June 5

NATION

While President Bill Clinton's decision to withdraw law professor Lani Guinier's nomination as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights mollified moderates, it infuriated the professional civil rights establishment and made the President appear weak and incompetent. After a meeting with Guinier in the Oval Office, Clinton admitted, mortifyingly, "At the time of the nomination, I had not read her writings. In retrospect, I wish I had." The President and First Lady have been friends of Guinier's for 20 years. While claiming that he could not defend Guinier's positions, Clinton also insisted that many of them were distorted in the press....

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