GETTING THE EDGE

AS THE PRESIDENT DITHERS OVER STRATEGY, THE SPEAKER DISCLOSES AN ENDGAME THAT WOULD DARE CLINTON TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT

Newt Gingrich's office, decorated with bloody Civil War battle scenes, makes an ideal command headquarters. Atop the highest ground in the city, he can survey the entire territory he hopes to conquer-and plot the ambush he says can clinch that victory. By fall, Gingrich predicted in an interview with TIME, the Republican Congress will have passed a raft of bills to implement its seven-year plan to balance the budget and will confront Bill Clinton with an excruciating choice. He will have to sign on to spending cuts that will inflame his Democratic supporters or veto them and force the shutdown of...

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