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THE NEW SECRETARY BRINGS THE HEART OF A TEACHER, THE SCARS OF A REFUGEE AND THE SKILLS OF A TALK-SHOW HOST

Madeleine Albright has never been the type to sit by her phone knitting, waiting for guys to call, unless the guy is the President and the date is with History. And so she was pleased last Tuesday when the phone rang and it was Clinton on the line. They talked for a while. He asked about the health of her friend Czech President Vaclav Havel, who has lung cancer. Clinton mused about the messy U.S. effort to unseat Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Then there came a pregnant pause. And then he thanked her and hung up.

When word spread, as it does, that...

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