Thursday, April 3, 1997

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  • Webster Hubbell Scandal

    Alongside the campaign finance and Whitewater scandals, lies
    yet another political time bomb that could also spell serious
    trouble for the White House — the case of the former assistant
    attorney general and Clinton confidante Webster Hubbell.

    An Arkansas friend of the Clintons and a law partner of Hillary
    Rodham Clinton at the Rose law firm, Webster Hubbell
    resigned from his Justice Department post in 1994 after being
    charged with the fraudulent billing of clients. He pleaded
    guilty to the charge and was sent to jail in 1995.

    But just before he was indicted, Webster Hubbell was hired by
    the Lippo Group — an Indonesian conglomerate with close ties
    to Indonesian dictator Suharto. And yesterday, two senior
    White House officials conceded they had tried to find work for
    Hubbell after he resigned.

    The implication is that the White House sought lucrative work
    for Hubbell in order to keep him from talking to Independent
    Counsel Kenneth Starr.

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  • Clinton Wants Support for Standardized Tests

    In his State of the Union message in January, President Clinton
    made clear that educational reforms would be a cornerstone of
    his 2nd term in office. At the heart of President Clinton’s push
    to raise standards is a National Testing Initiative — which,
    simply put, is a plan to give tests to all 4th and 8th graders.

    Yesterday at the White House, President Clinton held a
    roundtable with educators and corporate executives, where he
    announced that California had become the fourth state to
    support the tests. Clinton also collected the endorsement of
    some 240 high-tech business executives for his plan to
    administer reading tests to all fourth graders and math tests
    for all eighth graders.

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  • Project Censored

    They’re not stories you’ll read in the New York Times or see on
    ABC News. But you may hear them on Democracy Now or read
    them in Covert Action Quarterly. They are the most censored
    news stories of 1996.

    Project Censored, a media watchdog group based at Sonoma
    State University in California, released this past week the top
    ten censored news stories of 1996.

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