LET'S GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE

AS RENO SHARPENS HER FOCUS ON GORE, SENATE DONORGATE INVESTIGATORS RECEIVE A SURPRISE PACKAGE: RECORDINGS OF THE CONTROVERSIAL WHITE HOUSE COFFEES

The three-man teams lurk outside the Oval Office so much that White House officials barely notice them after a while. They look like any network news crew--a sound man, maybe a camerawoman and a guy toting a portable light--but they don't work for CBS or NBC. Instead they toil long hours behind the scenes, roaming from the East Room to the West Wing, waiting for Bill Clinton to arrive, shake hands and say a few words. They turn their tapes over to the White House Communications Office, which uses the videos for p.r., as favors for Administration allies, and for posterity.

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