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While President Clinton is playing transatlantic statesman in Europe and trying, through lawyers, to fend off sex allegations at home, the first stirrings can be detected of a drama whose denouement is at least three years away: the contest for the United States presidency in the year 2000.

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Nice Al Gore a `money-raising bulldozer'

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true gripes information superhighway

Here they come again. Another bunch of MPs and businesses seeking to impress us with how clued-in and wired-up they are, how deeply immersed in the zeitgeist. How do they try to impress us, to cow us into thinking that they know more than we do? With that damnable, meaningless cliche: the "information superhighway".

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THE ULSTER Unionists believe they have found an ally in US Vice- President Al Gore, whose ancestors came from Northern Ireland.

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Washington - Vice-President Al Gore said yesterday that Haiti's military leaders will have to leave 'one way or another'.

Dan dares to go back into orbit

HE HAS been described as 'about as smart as your average houseplant'. Notoriously, he has trouble spelling 'potato.' But no such blemishes spoil his just-published memoir, Standing Firm. Preened, eager, and with even a touch of gravitas, Dan Quayle is back in the spotlight, looking as if he cannot wait for the 1996 Republican presidential stakes to start in earnest.

Slim hopes of ending trade row

MARRAKESH (Reuter) - The US Vice-President, Al Gore, and the Japanese Foreign Minister, Tsutomu Hata, are to meet here today on the sidelines of a Gatt ceremony, with trans-Pacific trade tension high on their agenda. 'Obviously, we're trying to see what is the next step on the (trade) framework, but I don't think the Japanese are in a position to bring anything,' a US official said. Japan was also wary of predicting progress. 'It is unlikely that there will be a new development this week,' a government source said. 'They are not meeting because they have come up with an idea to break the deadlock.' The world's two biggest economies have been at loggerheads since President Clinton and the outgoing Prime Minister, Morihiro Hosokawa, failed to agree in February on ways of reducing Tokyo's trade surplus.

The Veep who became a very VIP: US vice-presidents play second fiddle - but not Al Gore. Foreign policy is Clinton's weak spot - but not Al Gore's

THE second most powerful position in the land - or, as one former incumbent bitterly described it, a 'pitcher of warm piss'? The vice-presidency of the United States is not a job necessarily replete with political reward. (Ask Dan Quayle.) But, for Al Gore, the position is proving surprisingly sweet.

Gore trounces Perot in Nafta debate: Vice-President's triumphant TV performance boosts White House hopes of congressional approval for pact

IT IS a moot point what impact the unruly television debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot will have on the wavering Democratic congressmen who hold the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) in their hands. But it was rip-roaring political entertainment. And most important for a delighted Clinton administration, the honours on Tuesday night went unarguably to the Vice-President.

Perot key figure in trade debate: White House takes high-risk gamble in TV confrontation with ex-presidential hopeful

FOR the White House, tonight's television debate between Ross Perot and Al Gore is a gamble. It knows it does not have the votes to get the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) through Congress. The agreement would create a free-trade area linking the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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