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  • Ethics Panel Dismisses Charge Against Gingrich
  • Agreement Reached On New Mothers' Hospital Stays

  • Choate Divorce Cited Adultery

    Pat Choate

    WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sept. 19) -- The ex-wife of Reform Party vice-presidential candidate Pat Choate accused him of adultery in their 1993 divorce proceedings. Choate says the charge stemmed from her wanting a more favorable property settlement. He says he only rekindled his relationship with childhood sweetheart Kay Casey, now his wife, after he and Diane Choate had separated and a divorce was underway. Reform Party presidential nominee Ross Perot has spoken out strongly and often on adultery, and it was a firing offense when he ran Electronic Data Systems.

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    Ethics Panel Dismisses Charge Against Gingrich

    Newt Gingrich

    WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sept. 19) -- Even as House Democrats demand release of the Ethics Committee counsel's report on Newt Gingrich, the committee has dismissed another charge against the House Speaker. The issue: The use of computer entrepreneur Donald Jones to update a computer system. Earlier, the committee ruled there was a violation because a potential conflict of interest existed. The complaint was revised slightly and filed again. This time it was dismissed.

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    Agreement Reached On New Mothers' Hospital Stays

    WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sept. 19) -- A House Ways and Means Committee spokesman confirmed that House and Senate negotiators have agreed to two health insurance provisions to add to the new health insurance portability act. One would allow new mothers to stay in the hospital for no less than 48 hours following normal childbirth and 96 hours after a Caesarean section. A second would give mental health insurance rough parity with physical illnesses.

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