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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...

Infowar

April 22, 1997 A bell marking the opening of business sounds on the cavernous trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. It is Feb. 4, 2006, a decade after the White House sent the aircraft carrier Nimitz into the Strait of Taiwan, infuriating China, which had been firing missiles at Taipei. As...

Baseless Concerns

April 14, 1997 LONG BEACH, Calif.--Once the Cold War was over, the Pentagon began tightening its belt. Scores of military hardware contracts were scrapped or drastically cut back. Military bases that for generations had made scores of American cities and towns virtually recession-proof were suddenly shut down. No other city in America was...

Why An Agency Blinked

April 7, 1997 The Census Bureau blinked. Under pressure to be more customer-friendly--and to spend less public money than it did in its 1990 head count--the Census Bureau plans to scale back the number of subjects covered by its census 2000 questionnaires. Big users of census statistics have mixed reactions to the plans,...

Dod at Cracking Point?

March 31, 1997 "Dear Boss: Well, this is it. I'm done. I'm putting in my papers and getting out." This opening to a widely circulated good-bye letter from an Air Force pilot has sent shivers down the backs of Pentagon leaders. Frustrated and disillusioned with a military in decline, the mid-career pilot emitted...

Appointments: Plodding Pace

March 31, 1997 It was your basic Washington pseudo-event. On a patch of the Capitol lawn, nine members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus took turns at a movable rostrum and complained to a thin arc of reporters and political supporters on March 20 that the Clinton Administration is dissing Hispanics in filling its...

Striking Out

March 31, 1997 The great Detroit newspaper strike may be over, but the hard feelings are not, and neither are the legal battles. After 19 bitter months on the picket line, the 2,000-plus workers who were striking against the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press offered in mid-February to go back to work....

Grants Database Urged

March 28, 1997 Picking up where the House's new "Truth in Testimony" rule left off, the Heritage Foundation is urging freshman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, to sponsor legislation that would create an Internet database of all federal grants and procurement contracts. The Truth in Testimony rule requires that witnesses who are slated to...