A CONSPIRACY OF CELEBRATION

YEP, CONGRESS AND CLINTON FINALLY BALANCED THE BUDGET. BUT IN THEIR HASTE TO HAND OUT GOODIES, THEY MISSED A CHANCE TO DEFUSE SOME TIME BOMBS

Nothing makes politicians happier than making people happy, especially when those politicians can say they've made history at the same time. And so last week on a perfect day, they all came together bearing gifts: interns whooped and staff members grinned on the White House lawn as the President basked in the ultimate triumph of his long march to the center, which almost none of the cheering Democrats behind him had backed. Down the street on the Capitol steps, Republican lawmakers and a flock of Boy Scouts with balloons gathered around the nearly deposed Newt Gingrich and the newly grandiloquent Trent...

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