Mitchell Turns Down the Court
In a surprise move that clearly baffled and dismayed his Senate colleagues, retiring Senate majority leader George Mitchell turned down the President's offer to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court to succeed Justice Harry Blackmun. Mitchell said he wanted to devote his full efforts to passing the President's health-care plan. Speculation immediately shifted to minority contenders, including Connecticut federal Judge Jose Cabranes, Solicitor General Drew Days and New York federal Judge Amalya Kearse.
Cigarette Chiefs Get Blasted
For more than six hours, the top executives of the nation's seven largest tobacco companies underwent a...