Dispatches Most Hearts Go Ker-thump

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros was supposed to attend a select dinner at the White House last week, but he had a more compelling social event on his calendar: a birthday party for his six-year-old son John Paul. Cisneros, a father to remember this Sunday, went home that night laden with gifts. "In the old days I might have told Mary Alice ((his wife)) we could make the Clinton dinner," says Cisneros, "and we would make it up to John Paul the next day or over the weekend."

But for the Cisneroses, every moment with John Paul just...

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