The Week October 2-8

NATION

Out with a Thud

Hoping for Democratic blood in the upcoming November elections, Republicans used a barrage of procedural tactics to kill what was left of the Clinton legislative agenda as Congress moved to adjourn. A stringent ban on gifts from lobbyists perished in the intense last-minute partisan warfare, as did an overhaul of the Superfund law that would have speeded cleanup of toxic-waste dumps. Miraculous survivors were: a California desert bill that creates the largest wilderness area outside Alaska and an education bill that redirects more federal aid to poorer communities. Clinton assaulted the Republicans for their "stop it,...

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