IT'S JUST AS WELL SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH HASN'T given up his day job. His brief life as an author has been one setback after another. First he saw his $4.5 million advance drop to one buck to avoid the appearance of impropriety, though his agent is still due her $675,000 commission from his royalties. And now, thanks to last week's warning from the House ethics committee,he has to pay for the book tour out of his own pocket.

If it weren't for the fact that Gingrich stands to become a multimillionaire in the long run, you would feel sorry for the...

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