The Axman Cometh

What can the White House expect from the new Whitewater independent counsel? As a Baptist minister's son growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Kenneth Starr admired Richard Nixon. "I really identified with Nixon because of his rather humble roots," Starr has said. Today, as a 48-year-old lawyer and veteran of the Reagan and Bush Administrations, he speaks wishfully of Dan Quayle's political future. "If President Quayle asked me to become the solicitor general again, I'd do it," he told TIME in a recent interview. His appointment has Republicans cheering and Democrats worried. Republican Congressman Jim Leach of Iowa calls Starr's credentials...

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