THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 12-18

NOVEMBER 12-18

NATION

U.S.A.: CLOSED!

Call it a basic disagreement between the parties. Call it a constitutional crisis between the branches. But most of all, call it the formal and contentious opening of the 1996 presidential-election campaign. Key parts of the Federal Government shut down on Tuesday after President Clinton vetoed stopgap spending-and-borrowing legislation enacted by Congress. Clinton objected because Republicans had ladened the measures with restrictions intended to force him into accepting the huge spending cuts at the heart of their balanced-budget plan. The standoff continued throughout the week, overshadowing all but final congressional passage of the budget plan itself, which the...

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