News Digest September 12-18

NATION

Selling Clinton's Programs

It was the week of big pitches from the White House. Basking in the afterglow of the South Lawn signing of the Middle East peace agreement, the Clinton Administration launched the sales job on its health-care plan and rolled out three former Presidents -- Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George Bush -- to endorse the North American Free Trade Agreement. In a meeting with small- business owners, Clinton promised flexibility on some important elements of his health plan, especially on proposals that might harm small businesses. Earlier, House and Senate Republicans unveiled their own plan, which would...

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