What's That Smell?

A pardon for white-collar fugitive Marc Rich triggers Bill Clinton's last scandal--and Senator Clinton's first

Outraged politicians calling for congressional hearings. Pundits railing about abuse of power. And long-suffering Democrats trying in vain to defend their party leader. The ugly, all too familiar scene in Washington last week almost made you wonder if Bill Clinton had won that elusive third term. Even as he secured an 11th-hour deal to avoid prosecution in the Lewinsky mess, Clinton was adding a brand-new chapter to his book of scandal.

On his last day in office, the man who understands the power of forgiveness better than most issued a list of more than 100 pardons. Tucked in among the...

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