To Our Readers: Dec. 14, 1998

JAMES CARNEY, TIME's Capitol Hill correspondent, told Nation editor Priscilla Painton two weeks ago that Texas Congressman Tom DeLay would play a major role in the impeachment hearings. "In the absence of any other Republican leader, he's taking the reins," says Carney of the man he and fellow congressional correspondent John Dickerson profile this week. Carney's prescience has proved invaluable during his 10 years at TIME, which has included stints as a correspondent at the White House, in Moscow and in Miami. "He's wired into what's happening on the Hill," says Painton. "And he's always way ahead of the competition."


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