Informed Sources: Jul. 12, 1993

O, Mighty Gergen!

Washington -- It has taken hardly a month for David Gergen to become the White House Svengali: a top West Wing aide says he's now the non-Hillary person the President listens to most. It was Gergen who pushed Clinton to have dinner with Bob Dole last week, who helped dispose of the travel-office scandal and the owls-vs.-timber brouhaha. "We're taking out the trash," says a Clinton aide in the White House. "When we come back in July and go into conference on the budget, we cannot have this stuff lying around."

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