HOW HUANG MAKES TWO HARD NOMINATIONS HARDER

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright charmed Jesse Helms and breezed through the Senate last week, 99 to 0. So did Bill Cohen, the new Pentagon chief, who until a few weeks ago was a Republican Senator. That about wraps it up for the easy Clinton nominations. The White House parlor game of the moment is called "Tony or Alexis--which one goes down?"

Tony is Anthony Lake, the Massachusetts cattleman and college professor who ran the National Security Council for Clinton and is the President's choice to run the CIA. Alexis is Alexis Herman, the White House aide and longtime Democratic Party...

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