THAT OLD GANG OF MINE

WITH 1996 NEARING, CLINTON REHIRES MOST OF HIS DREAM TEAM

In the dreary days after the disastrous midterm elections, one topic made the often volcanic President Clinton erupt more than any other: his political consultants. "How could we have paid them so much and done so poorly?" he once shouted in the Oval Office. But now, just three months later, those fires have clearly cooled. Not only have most of the offenders been welcomed back, but they also have been placed at the heart of the White House's most important and difficult challenge: getting the President re-elected.

TIME has learned that three members of Clinton's Gang of Four-pollster Stan Greenberg and...

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