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Clinton Touts 'Unprecedented' Welfare-Roll Decline


WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 8) -- President Bill Clinton today announced an "unprecedented decline" in the nation's welfare rolls -- a drop of more than 250,000 in the most recent month available, and by 3.6 million since he took office. The drop is "yet another piece of evidence that welfare reform is working far better than anyone had predicted it would," he said. Just under 10.5 million Americans are now on welfare.

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Book: Kennedy Slept With Prostitutes In White House


WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 8) -- A new book by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Seymour Hersh says President John F. Kennedy's staff procured prostitutes for him to have sex with in the White House, and threatened to send them to insane asylums if they told anyone. It also says that Kennedy suspected his wife Jacqueline of having an affair with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis to get back at him for his own infidelities. The book, "The Dark Side of Camelot," is excerpted in this month's Vanity Fair magazine.

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NEA Chair Alexander Calls It Quits


WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 8) -- Jane Alexander, who led the National Endowment for the Arts through annual fights for its life, is resigning as its chairwoman. Alexander, 57, plans to resume her acting career. "As our nation moves into the next millennium, I believe that the endowment's role as a national voice for the arts will become even more vital," she said.

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Quayle: Reports Of Bush Regret Just 'Games'


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AllPolitics, Oct. 8) -- Reports that President George Bush regretted his choice of Dan Quayle as his vice president are wrong, says Quayle. Speaking to reporters at Faulkner University, Quayle said, "It's just the national media playing games again." "The author of the book says it's not correct, George Bush says it's not correct. So I think you ought to go with what those two people say," Quayle said. A new biography of Bush by historian Herbert S. Parmet quotes from Bush's diary: "It was my decision, and I blew it, but I'm not about to say that I blew it." The Bush camp says the item meant that the media would hammer Bush on his decision-making process.

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Wednesday Oct. 8, 1997

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