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Impeachment trial to begin Thursday

January 13, 1999 Prosecution arguments in President Clinton's impeachment trial are set to begin 1 p.m. Thursday, after a Wednesday session was dropped when neither side made procedural motions. House managers have 24 hours through Saturday to present their case, according to a tentative schedule released Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, ...

OMB projects $76 billion budget surplus

January 7, 1999 Declaring "the era of big deficits is over," President Clinton Wednesday announced the Office of Management and Budget is forecasting a $76 billion surplus for fiscal 1999, which would put the federal government in the black for the second year in a row. A previous OMB estimate, issued in May, ...

White House rules out Clinton confession

December 17, 1998 White House officials Wednesday practically ruled out an 11th hour confession of perjury by President Clinton as a means of convincing Congress not to impeach him. "I think the advice to [do those things] is coming from outside the building," one White House official said. Another White House aide said ...

Gore speaks out on impeachment

December 15, 1998 Vice President Gore Monday grabbed center stage in the White House anti-impeachment drive, criticizing the Republican-controlled Congress for bucking the will of the "overwhelming" majority of Americans who, Gore said, oppose impeachment and want a vote on censure. Gore, who declared he will continue to do "anything that is appropriate ...

White House weighs impeachment prospect

December 11, 1998 The White House today continued to portray an administration focused on policy issues and a president only tangentially concerned with the prospect of his own impeachment, even as some Democratic strategists inside and beyond the White House gates suggest Clinton should become more involved. White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart ...

Congress awaits President's move on Social Security

December 10, 1998 With a two-day conference on Social Security wrapped up, Congress will be looking for a prompt followup from the Clinton administration. White House National Economic Council Chairman Gene Sperling said Tuesday that President Clinton has not ruled out offering his own reform plan, as many members of Congress, including Ways ...

White House sets strategy for impeachment hearings

December 8, 1998 Aides to President Clinton indicated today they will mount a defense before the Judiciary Committee focusing on the allegations against Clinton and on the proper standards for impeachment-while steering far away from attacks on independent counsel Kenneth Starr. "We have raised some concerns about the independent counsel, but we did ...

Feds may stake claim to share of tobacco deal

November 24, 1998 Last week's settlement between the state attorneys general and cigarette manufacturers does not require congressional ratification-but Clinton administration officials believe the federal government, which pays almost 60 percent of state Medicaid costs, must by law claim a similar share of the portion of the suits that were based on Medicaid ...

White House, Senator lament loss of line item veto

October 22, 1998 President Clinton Wednesday signed the $520 billion fiscal 1999 omnibus appropriations package passed by Congress, but White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart said the President will miss the line item veto power struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this year as unconstitutional. "Unfortunately, there are some things in there ...

Last-minute talks continue on spending package

October 20, 1998 Negotiators continued to haggle over last-minute provisions of the omnibus spending bill Monday afternoon, as the House prepared to consider a final continuing resolution to give additional time for President Clinton-who will be in California-to sign the huge bill. The next CR would last until midnight Wednesday. Clinton leaves for ...