New face at White House

President Bill Clinton is moving to beef up his White House operation by bringing in Roy Neel, a veteran of congressional politics, as a second deputy Chief of Staff, Rupert Cornwell writes from Washington.

Polish memorial

Polish and Jewish leaders expressed hope that they had laid the foundations for a new and better relationship at a joint commemoration of the 1943 Warsaw uprising, Reuter reports from Warsaw.

Jews and Poles gather to mark 50th anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazis

WARSAW (AFP) - Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, laid a wreath to mark the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Mr Rabin, making the first visit to Poland by an Israeli head of government, and the Polish Prime Minister, Hanna Suchocka, laid wreaths at the bunker of the young Jewish leader of the April 1943 revolt against Nazi occupation, Mordechaj Anielewicz, who finally committed suicide rather than surrender. Hundreds of Jews from all over the world have come to Warsaw for the two-day ceremonies that began on Sunday with three Roman Catholic bishops joining rabbis for a service in the city's synagogue. 'We cannot forget the past, but . . . we look forward to a better world,' Mr Rabin said, 'and for the elimination of the remnants of fascism, Nazism and all racist movements.' Polish Jews implored the US Vice-President, Al Gore, also at the ceremonies, not to allow the Holocaust's horrors to be repeated in Bosnia. 'The world must do more to stop these outrages,' Mr Gore said.

President to outline plan on US economy

IN THE SPEECH that may shape his presidency, Bill Clinton will this week lay out his plan to revitalise the United States economy - a modest stimulus to boost jobs and longer term growth, overshadowed by a mixture of tax increases, spending cuts and probable caps on health-care costs which could save up to dollars 550bn ( pounds 400bn) between now and 1997.

First Lady puts on a presidential persona: Every US leader's wife is a force to reckon with, but the whole country will look for Hillary's hand in her husband's political decisions, writes Rupert Cornwell in Washington

FORGET THE catty remarks about the absence of a crown. In her violet gown, resplendent with lace and sequins, Hillary Clinton was quite the queen of proceedings in the whirl of balls on inauguration night. For a woman once so famously uninterested in clothes that she bought her wedding dress off the peg on the very morning of her marriage, she had come a long way.

Gore slips back into the wings

TECHNICALLY, Al Gore, the vice-president-elect, will beat his senior partner, Bill Clinton, into the White House today. At the inaugural ceremony on the West Side of the Capitol, he will take his oath of office first, to be administered by a retired Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall.

Out of the West: Loyal trooper stands ready to take the lead

WASHINGTON - With his ramrod Guards Officer stance and that maddeningly inscrutable gaze, it's always hard to tell with the junior Senator from Tennessee. But watch him closely these days, and every so often a smirk of satisfaction seems to flicker across those impassive features. Maybe it's one's imagination - then again, maybe not. Al Gore already seems to know he'll be a Vice-President with a difference.

US Presidential Elections: Campaign Diary

IT'S UNCLEAR whether it's the fear of defeat or the smell of victory but the Bush campaign's language has become dirtier and dottier as the campaign draws to a close. (And all that talk of family values]) Bruce Willis, an actor who specialises in movies with at least one violent death a frame, told a Bush rally in Michigan that he was 'pissed off' with Bill Clinton. Mr Bush, leader of the free world, then took the podium to make the following, considered remarks. On Bill Clinton and Al Gore: 'My dog Millie knows more about foreign policy than these two bozos.' On Al Gore: 'You know why I call him Ozone Man? This guy is so far out on the environmental extreme, we'll be up to our neck in owls and outta work for every American. He is way out, far out, man.'

The US Presidential Elections: Arms and the men

US Democratic contender Bill Clinton and his vice-presidental candidate Al Gore acknowledge the applause of several thousand people after speaking on the steps of the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, yesterday.

'Ageing cheerleader' brings PG values to an X-rated society: Mrs Al Gore's war on sex, drugs and rock'n'roll

IF HILLARY CLINTON, wife of Governor Bill, is the model of a modern and independent professional woman, Tipper Gore, wife of Senator Al, often resembles a 'Honey-I'm-Home' sitcom wife from the 1950s. Another Congressional wife remembers an occasion when she was at the Gore home and the senator called to say he was on his way: 'She immmediately combed her hair and put on lipstick.' Another Washington socialite describes Mrs Gore as 'looking and acting like an ageing cheer-leader'.

Leading Article: Mr Clinton's choice

'TH' PRISIDINCY is th' highest office in th' gift iv th' people. Th' vice-prisidincy is th' next highest an' the lowest. It isn't a crime exactly. Ye can't be sint to jail f'r it, but it's a kind iv disgrace.' Thus spake the fictional American Mr Dooley in his eponymous 1906 dissertations; his homespun views would probably be echoed at many American hearths today. Most people, indeed, would prefer jail to the ferocious mockery that Dan Quayle has endured during his four years in that unenviable post.
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