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Dragnet

May 21, 1997 Island Casino is every gambler's dream. One of a thriving new breed of gambling enterprises launched in the last year, it offers roulette, craps, video poker, slot machines, sports betting--on football, baseball, basketball, hockey and boxing--and a bingo game billed as "one of the world's largest." It's quick, it's open ...

Scoops Ahoy!

May 19, 1997 Psst. Want to know today what's going to be in The Washington Post tomorrow? Check out the Drudge Report, available on the Internet. It's a tip sheet put out by Matt Drudge, a 30-year-old media junkie based in Hollywood whose dispatch is rapidly becoming a must-read in the capital's power ...

The Easy Way Out

May 9, 1997 Historians will write that in 1997 the Republicans and Democrats girded for budgetary battle, marched afield and sat down together on the grass for a beer. After seemingly endless negotiations, the two sides agreed on a package to reduce the deficit by about $350 billion over the next five years, ...

Mapping Government's Reach

May 5, 1997 rstanfie@njdc.com Someday, brilliantly designed and spectacularly colorful computer-generated maps are likely to portray every nuance of government subsidies and incentives. They don't yet. Promoters of computer mapping insist, however, that supersophisticated designs are just around the corner. After all, they note, using these maps for simple tasks such as community ...

Brickbats for the FCC

May 5, 1997 No matter what the agency says or does, look for plenty of congressional teeth-gnashing in early May after the Federal Communications Commission issues sweeping rules designed to overhaul the complex array of user rates that allow most households in America to have a telephone connection. Many, many Members of Congress ...

No Big Deal

May 1, 1997 Like the month of March, major defense evaluations tend to roar in like lions and leave bleating like lambs. On May 19, when Defense Secretary William S. Cohen issues the first congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)--the third major assessment of the U.S. defense posture since the end of the ...

A Red-Meat Issue

April 28, 1997 mkriz@njdc.com In early 1993, two children died and hundreds of others in the Pacific Northwest became ill after eating Jack in the Box restaurant hamburgers contaminated with a deadly E. coli virus. Because the poisoning occurred during President Clinton's first days in office, food safety suddenly became a White House ...

Slow News From Commerce

April 28, 1997 Reporters waiting for an outbreak of news at the Commerce Department shouldn't expect it to be delivered promptly by the International Trade Administration's new e-mail alert. A bulletin on Commerce Secretary William M. Daley's coming Latin American trip ambled across the Internet on April 18--a week and a half after ...

Labor Ally Swats White House

April 25, 1997 jkosterl@njdc.com A powerful labor ally of the Clinton administration Thursday harshly criticized the president's unfolding second-term positions. "We're concerned with the direction of the president and the administration in a number of areas," Gerald McEntee, president of the 1.3 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told reporters ...

Pigging Out

April 24, 1997 In the days following the Republican sweep of the 1994 congressional elections, some exuberant conservatives began writing obituaries for a venerable Capitol Hill institution: pork barrel spending. GOP revolutionaries bent on deficit reduction and returning power to the states would have little tolerance, they said, for the age-old practice of ...