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LINDA TRIPP, who secretly taped Monica Lewinsky's confessions of her affair with President Bill Clinton, has passed a lie-detector test after allegations that the tapes might have been doctored.

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ANY POLL of people you'd least like to sit next to at a dinner party would this week no doubt be topped by those two ill- disciplined sportsmen, Paolo Di Canio and Will Carling. But you can bet your leather- effect driving-gloves that the irredeemably ghastly chat-show host, Alan Partridge, would not be far behind them.

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Letter: Clinton vs Starr

Sir: I cannot be the only person on the planet who agrees with Bill Clinton that most of his activities don't constitute sexual relations. In common with all the people I met and went out with in the late Fifties and early Sixties, I believed there was something immoral (certainly for a woman) in having sex with a near-stranger, but heavy petting was perfectly permissible and a man would certainly not think you were loose if that was all you were prepared to do!

Now available to rent or buy: 'Starr Wars' and 'The X-Files'

The effect is peculiarly ambiguous yet powerfully soporific. Not many laughs

Letter: Clinton's enemies

Sir: As was to be expected with such an unprecedented and sensationalised event, the release of President Bill Clinton's private grand jury testimony sent the world's media machines in to overdrive. The "whole truth" was broadcast in its entirety on most major American networks and much of the evening news around the globe was devoted to the story.

Letter: Clinton at bay

Sir: The thought of Bill Clinton making private use of an office photocopier (letters, 19 September), conjures up all sorts of pictures in the imagination. Soon to be released on the Internet.

TELEVISION: Perverse pleasures of a quibbling, fuming President; The News

All day on Thursday "that video" - as the presenters started calling it - was the top story, even though there was nothing to report. All day on Friday, the House of Representatives' judiciary committee wrangled about whether it should be released, and how long they could afford to wait before deciding.

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Monitor: The US press assesses the immediate future of Bill Clinton

POLLS SHOW that Americans want this process to be concluded swiftly, and there can be no doubt that the longer the uncertainty surrounding Clinton lasts, the weaker he will be in exercising the duties of his office.

Leading Article: Publish and be damned: how Starr could save Clinton

If anyone can save Bill Clinton's presidency it is Kenneth Starr. Reading his report, the stomach begins to turn and the conviction grows that this is not a dispassionate investigation into possible wrongdoing by the President, but an attempt to humiliate and embarrass Mr Clinton, his wife and his daughter. It seems extraordinary that the independent counsel, appointed to investigate charges of fraud in the Whitewater property deals, should have ended up writing a report which resembles the readers' letters column of a pornographic magazine.

The Starr report: The devil is in the detail

KENNETH STARR became the independent counsel investigating the Whitewater affair in August 1994, a year before Monica Lewinsky got her job as a White House intern, and yet his report deals almost exclusively with events after her arrival. It is safe to say that without Lewinsky there would be no Starr Report. Much of the document merely confirms long- held suspicions. The fascination is in the details; some are trivial, many are salacious, and a few will probably decide whether or not Congress moves to impeach the President.

Faith & Reason: Disease in the noble and vital parts

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