THE EARLY LINE

Senate hearings on campaign financing are back. Watch for these potential highlights:

WHAT COULD HAPPEN

Buddhist nuns could cop to laundering money for a Vice President Al Gore event

HOW IT COULD PLAY

Saffron robes make good TV, catch the public's eye

[WHAT COULD HAPPEN]

Former presidential aide Harold Ickes may explain donor sleepovers in Lincoln bedroom

[HOW IT COULD PLAY]

Celebrity names boost the ratings, feed Leno jokes

[WHAT COULD HAPPEN]

Johnny Chung could explain why he gave $366,000 to get White House entry for Chinese business associates

[HOW IT COULD PLAY]

First admission by a donor might persuade other...