What White House Shake-Up?
Leon Panetta announced his long-promised and much anticipated shake-up of the Clinton White House staff. The result: some clearer lines of authority but no major changes. Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, whose ouster had been widely rumored, even got a promotion and greater access to the President -- reportedly after circumventing Panetta and making a last-minute plea directly to Clinton.
- Despite attempts at a heroic compromise with a bipartisan, mainstream group of colleagues, Senate majority leader George Mitchell's efforts to pass some kind of health-care reform bill this year teetered on the edge...