Clinton's Autumn Agenda: Baby Steps

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The nation's at peace. The economy continues to purr like a well-oiled machine. What's left to do for a president who wants to make his mark on history? If Bill Clinton's fall agenda outlined Tuesday is any indication, tinkering at the margins is quite enough. "We are going to see some more little initiatives, like extending the school day and day care standards," says TIME White House correspondent Jef McAllister of the President's autumn to-do list. McAllister notes Clinton learned his biggest lesson from failed health care reform, which taught him "not to raise big initiatives that Republicans can gang up on and scuttle." With the economy and Clinton's approval ratings up even in the midst of scandal whilst welfare enrollment and crime go down, the administration thinks it has a recipe for success. "Clinton has decided, 'I want people to like me, and I want the country to do well, and that's enough of a legacy for me,' " says McAllister.