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Facing Down A Despot
We Work For You!
Why The Center Can't Hold
The Notebook
In Paula We Trust

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The Notebook: Jesse To Support Gephardt? Not.

Time cover

"Can you come home with me?"
HILLARY CLINTON, to the Uzbek girl who called her "gorgeous" and asked for her beauty secrets

"It is utterly boneheaded for Congress to fail to meet the commitments that the United States has at the U.N. in terms of our arrears."
MIKE MCCURRY, White House spokesman, on lawmakers refusing to authorize any of the money Clinton requested for the U.N. and the IMF

Campaign 2000, Again

(TIME, November 24) -- A few years ago, JESSE JACKSON ignored pleas that he run for mayor of Washington. At the time, Jackson said his "destiny's larger than that." Larger and apparently more Oval-shaped. The reverend is coy about his presidential aspirations--but not too coy to needle a potential opponent. When asked if he would back the all-but-announced candidate and House minority leader, Dick Gephardt, Jackson grinned and reminded TIME that he had done his part in 1988 to make sure Gephardt could "spend more time with his family." Attention, Dick Gephardt: Get the Barcalounger ready.

--By Sylvester Monroe/ Atlanta and James Carney/Washington

Campaign 2000: Friends in need, friends indeed -- Texas-style

You'd think that some obscure Democrat running for Governor of Texas and 50 percentage points behind in the polls wouldn't be able to corral a lot of high-class national Democratic talent to help in his campaign. But land commissioner GARRY MAURO, who announces his candidacy for the Lone Star State governorship this week, attracted some pretty impressive folks to his book-signing soiree in Washington not too long ago. We're talking fellow authors Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as best-selling scribe Al Gore. In addition, the First Lady has played host at a fund-raising dinner for Mauro in Washington and plans to follow it with another this month in California. The President's pollster, Mark Penn, has signed on to the race. And all this for a candidate with considerable baggage, including several brushes with ethics scandals, whose prospects were summed up as a "kamikaze mission" by the state's senior Democratic pol, Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock. So what gives? Friendship, for one thing: Mauro and the Clintons go back to their work together on the '72 McGovern race in Texas. But friendship will take you only so far in politics. With handicappers rating the popular G.O.P. Governor George W. Bush as the man Gore may face in 2000, the White House camp figures it couldn't hurt to prick him in his 1998 gubernatorial re-election race or to road-test campaign tactics that Gore might want to use two years later.

--By Karen Tumulty/Washington

The Gulf: Attention, all hands on deck -- beer here!

Navy ships are dry, no booze allowed. Well, almost. According to naval tradition, if a ship is at sea more than 45 days, each crew member is entitled to a ration of two cans of beer. Just two. One man, the captain, decides whether the crew gets them. As of Tuesday, the Nimitz will be at Day 45. It has 5,500 sailors, so flying in 11,000 cans of beer poses a logistical challenge. The clock is ticking, but the betting here is that the beer won't come until the crisis in Iraq has passed.

--By Douglas Waller/Aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz

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