Gore's Coffee Stains

The campaign-finance brew comes back to trouble the Veep. Will a special counsel be far behind?

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But that would send Republicans on Capitol Hill through the roof--again. They've already been in nosebleed territory as memos have surfaced, even into this year, showing that in 1997 and 1998 several top aides recommended that Reno request an independent counsel on the question of Gore's fund-raising calls from the White House, and whether he lied about their nature. Gore might, for the first time, be wishing she had pulled the trigger then; at least it might be over by now.

--With reporting by Jay Branegan, Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf/Washington

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