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The Notebook: Primary Colors, Part II

TIME magazine

The primary color is red

President Clinton expresses emotion in many ways--the set of his jaw, the bite of his lip--but when he feels something strongly, what he does more than anything else is turn red.

TESTY: "A testy President Clinton yesterday again balked at answering questions about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky...'I have given all the answers that matter, and I don't have anything else to say at this time,' said a red-faced Clinton."
--New York Post, March 6, 1998

SAD: "The event proved more moving than White House aides had anticipated...His face red and set, Mr. Clinton stepped to the lectern...[and spoke] on the need to combat drunken driving."
--New York Times, March 4, 1998

ARDENT: "Willey later remarked to a friend that she knew Paula Jones must have been telling the truth...because both women observed the same physical characteristic about Clinton: His face turned beet red."
--Bulletin News Network, March 2, 1998

MAD: "His face flushed...Clinton said, "I want to say one thing to the American people...I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky."
--Patriot Ledger, Jan. 26, 1998

AMUSED: "At one point...Gore looked at Thernstrom and quipped, 'You can ask a "yes or no" question.' Clinton laughed so hard his face turned red."
--Baltimore Sun, Dec. 20, 1997

LATE: "After a two-hour delay, Clinton stepped...onto a stage...'I didn't know his hair was that gray,' said second-grader Sam Melvin, 8. 'Or that his face was that red,' added classmate Kate Ferguson."
--Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Nov. 1, 1997

The Numbers

$75: Amount the Pentagon paid for a single set screw

9: Months it took the White House to release logs of fund-raising activities subpoenaed by a House committee

1: Days after Kathleen Willey's 60 Minutes appearance it took the White House to release her friendly letters

$40,250: Amount paid for a cigar box once owned by John F. Kennedy, at an auction last week

$574,500: Amount paid for a humidor once owned by John F. Kennedy, at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis auction in 1996

Sources: The Washington Post, Brookstone, Associated Press, USA Today, New York Daily News

State Department: Was It a Security Breach Or a Chevy Chase Movie?

(TIME, March 30) -- Feb. 28 was definitely a bad day for JOHN ARBOGAST, a State Department lawyer who specializes in U.N. affairs. Running late, he stuffed a bunch of papers into one of his three bags and hurried to his car. Then he drove off, leaving the bags on the car roof, with predictable results. RONALD T. NELSON, a passing motorist, found Arbogast's briefcase, which held personal items. But Nelson tells TIME that when he returned it, Arbogast said that papers in the other two bags were "sensitive" and "important" and that some pertained to the crisis in Iraq. According to investigators, one bag is still missing. "There was no work-related material in the bags to the best of my knowledge," Arbogast said when contacted by TIME, but shortly afterward he notified State security officers of his loss, and the FBI is investigating. So far, investigators don't know if anything classified was lost. Meanwhile, security in Secretary of State MADELEINE ALBRIGHT'S suite was tightened after TIME reported two weeks ago that sensitive documents had been lifted from there. Officials say that State is ripe for "a major overhaul" of its document-protection system. State says its system is comparable to that of other agencies; still, it assembled 700 managers last week to insist upon greater discipline.

--By J.F.O. McAllister. With reporting by Elaine Shannon and Adam Zagorin/Washington

Into The Woods: Forest Chief Expects a Grilling, Not a Picnic

Efforts by U.S. Forest Service chief MIKE DOMBECK to disentangle the USFS from the timber industry have provoked a fight with Congress. Republicans are so angry with Dombeck for hampering logging that on Thursday, in an unusual joint hearing, the House Resources, Budget and Appropriations committees will question Dombeck in what is likely to be a scorching job review. Convinced that tree cutting should no longer take priority over conservation and recreation, Dombeck, a former backwoods guide turned scientist, increased restrictions on logging. In his most significant step, he proposed halting construction of new roads in most of the national forests, which he says have led to widespread soil erosion and habitat degradation. The roads are viewed as lifelines by the logging industry. Thursday's interrogation will probably be harsh, but it's mostly for show. The House leadership is not likely to force a showdown over the forests.

--By Dick Thompson/Washington

The Teamsters: Memo Shows Carey Knew About Violations

Documents obtained by TIME show new action in the Teamsters union investigation and could signal fresh problems for the White House. Last week federal investigators handed over to the union's court-appointed overseers a "highly personal and confidential" memo written in January 1997 by JERE NASH, campaign manager for RON CAREY, a month after he was re-elected Teamsters president. The memo, addressed to Carey, details how union employees helped his election. For example, the union's chief organizer turned his entire staff into an arm of the campaign, which is illegal. Nash has pleaded guilty of conspiracy to divert union funds, and is assisting in the FBI's probe. Carey, his election overturned, has denied wrongdoing.

The overseers also received a letter from the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan asking them not to question a key witness about "any matters involving the Democratic National Committee [or] the Clinton/Gore Election Committee...because it could harm the active, ongoing criminal investigation." Investigators say the letter shows that the New York grand jury has targeted an alleged scheme in which Democrats would direct campaign contributions to Carey in return for contributions to state Democratic parties out of Teamster union funds.

--By Edward Barnes/New York

Cooked!

In Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, a handshake is never just the meeting of two palms. So when British Foreign Secretary ROBIN COOK breached an understanding that he would not meet Palestinians at a disputed Jewish settlement and even pressed the flesh of one of their legislators, Benjamin Netanyahu responded with a few choice gestures. He canceled dinner, a press conference and, touche, the usual handshake. Cook, under the misapprehension that diplomacy means saying what you think, shot back, "It's something of a mercy to be spared a further full meal."

Writ Small

If you can't say anything nice...Bad-mouth RICHARD NIXON never did subscribe to that. In archival material released last week, the ex-President gripes some more, about Jackie Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson's "barbaric" guests and, well, just about everything. [The agent] "could have just as easily sat in the front seat," he whines. "I, of course, was totally uncomfortable." He loved to fire off memos, once writing "Those who boycotted the Joint Session of Congress should be taken off the White House guest list, even if they had been our friends." Off a list, not with their heads?

In TIME This Week

Cover Date: March 30, 1998

Why Clinton Is Still Buoyant
Outrageous Fortune
The Lives Of Kathleen Willey
Viewpoint: The Trouble With The Present Tense
Africa Rising
Dividing Line: My Dungeon Shook
Courting Controversy
The KGB Of Mississippi
Romancing The Widow?
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