STICKS AND STONES

A STUBBORN, NAME-CALLING STANDOFF BRINGS THE GOVERNMENT TO A PARTIAL HALT AND MAY TURN THE BUDGET INTO THE MAIN BATTLE OF THE '96 CAMPAIGN

IS NEWT GINGRICH LOSING CONTROL OF HIS message, his revolution--and himself?

After a year of dazzling freshman acolytes with his big thoughts and frustrating Democrats with his discipline, last week the House Speaker seemed to revert to the bomb-throwing, publicity-starved backbencher he was in the 1980s. On Tuesday night, with a partial government shutdown at hand and his deficit-reduction plan heading for a Presidential veto, he charged onto the virtually empty House floor to rant about the budget before C-SPAN cameras and a handful of junior members. The next morning, he whined to reporters that his stubbornness on the budget was...

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