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Dole: Gingrich Needs 'Rehab,' Clinton OK, Liddy in 2000?

O'Donnell Works Her Charm On First Lady

'Microcredit Summit' Gets Macro Attention In Capital

Globe: Grand Jury Investigating Rep. Shuste

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Dole: Gingrich Needs 'Rehab,' Clinton OK, Liddy in 2000?

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 3) -- Redemption for House Speaker Newt Gingrich with the American public is possible, but, "I think Newt's going to have some 'rehab,' he's going to have to work at it," said former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole on NBC's "Today" show. "He's going to have to demonstrate to the American people -- we can all talk back and forth -- but the bottom line is they want to trust their leaders. They want somebody they can believe in, somebody they can trust, and I think Newt's going to work very hard at regaining that trust. He needs to. For himself, for the House, for the party and for the country. He is the speaker." Dole also said he respected President Bill Clinton as a person and as a president, and would be willing to help him out if Clinton asked in a "non-partisan, non-political genuine" way. When asked whether his wife, Elizabeth, a former labor secretary who heads the American Red Cross, would run for president in 2000, he replied, "She might. I'd like to see her do what she thinks she can do to make a difference."

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O'Donnell Works Her Charm On First Lady

Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 3) -- Despite the first lady's forceful denial of her musical abilities -- "I can't carry a tune, not even in the shower" -- Rosie O'Donnell convinced Hillary Rodham Clinton to sing a duet on O'Donnell's talk show Monday. Clinton said she and her husband want America to lighten up. "We're trying to get everyone in a good mood," she told O'Donnell. Clinton brought along a basket of White-House stamped M&M candy boxes for O'Donnell. She also bestowed empty M&M boxes, used tea bags, some towels and golf balls dented by the president on the show's other guest, Oscar the Grouch from PBS's "Sesame Street." ( 864K QuickTime movie)

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'Microcredit Summit' Gets Macro Attention In Capital

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 3) -- But the first lady's Monday wasn't all about singing and M&M's. Clinton also told the first Microcredit Summit in Washington that very small loans -- dubbed "microcredit" by advocates -- can bring vast changes to the world's poor. "Although it is called microcredit, this is a big idea with vast potential whether we are talking about a rural area in South Asia or the inner city," Mrs. Clinton said. "It's an invaluable tool in alleviating poverty, promoting self-sufficiency and stimulating the economy." Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin also addressed the group, saying the concept of loaning the poor as little as $100 to start businesses could help bring them into the economic mainstream. "It's empowering the disenfranchised," he said.

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Globe: Grand Jury Investigating Rep. Shuster

Shuster

BOSTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 3) -- The Boston Globe reported today that a federal grand jury is investigating influence-peddling allegations against veteran Rep. Bud Shuster (R-Pa.), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The panel is reportedly looking into whether Shuster and a staff member may have provided improper aid to two Boston businessmen in land disputes over the city's "Big Dig" tunnel project. The two businessmen, Richard Goldberg and Nicholas Contos, both contributed heavily to Shuster's re-election campaigns over the past few years.

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