Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"empowered to name an independent counsel to continue the investigation of Whitewater, asking them to name Robert Fiske to the position as a continuation of his efforts. Fiske has already released his report, which finds no criminal wrongdoing in anything related to Whitewater, and conservatives are mobilizing to have Fiske removed. Led by radical right-wing senator Lauch Faircloth, they level a barrage of accusations of conflicts of interest at Fiske, all of which are specious at best. Judge David Sentelle, a well-known Clinton hater who leads the panel, meets over lunch with Republican senators Faircloth and their mutual mentor, Jesse Helms, in late July. The three deny discussing the appointment, which would have been illegal, though most knowledgeable observers believe that Helms and Faircloth push for the appointment of conservative ideologue Kenneth Starr. Instead, the three insist that they spent their lunchtime discussing mutual acquaintances, clothing, and their prostates. (Faircloth was a vehement opponent of Fiske, who in his view was wrong to conclude that Vince Foster committed suicide; both Faircloth and Sentelle are members of Helms's conservative National Congressional Club and a longtime Helms supporter who was first sponsored for the federal bench by Helms. Sentelle was one of the judges who overturned the conviction of Iran-Contra criminal Oliver North. Five months after Starr's appointment, Sentelle's wife will begin working for Faircloth as a staff member in an apparent quid pro quo. See the above items for more information.)
Domestic terrorism"There's no question that what I did was a relatively new concept," Hill will say, predicting that others will continue his violence. "someday it will be commonplace and generally accepted as normal." Hill's defense: justifiable homicide. The judge and jury do not buy Hill's arguments that he was morally impelled to murder the two, and on September 3, 2003, Hill will be executed, the first person in the US to be put to death for anti-abortion related crimes.
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals""What threatens this president seems to be much larger than mere partisanship. There is a level of mistrust and even dislike of him that is almost visceral in its intensity. In Washington, where power is generally treated with genuflecting reverence, it is no longer surprising to hear the president spoken of with open and dismissive contempt.... Clinton is routinely depicted in the most unflattering terms: a liar, a fraud, a chronically indecisive man who cannot be trusted to stand for anything -- or with anyone." Though Kelly's article includes some criticism from the left, Kelly's primary sources, and the sources of the "visceral dislike" and "open and dismissive contempt," are not Washington insiders, but a group of Arkansas conservatives and political opponents of Clinton, many employed by radical right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. Kelly even goes so far as to say Arkansas itself "is not really a democracy," but, in the description of Joe Conason and Gene Lyons, "a benighted rural fiefdom where a tiny, incestuous elite 'holds sway over a small and politically disorganized middle class and large, but well-beaten population of the poor." Conason and Lyon's dismissal of Kelly's vituperative and badly informed characterizations as "melodrama" is quite restrained. (New York Times Magazine/Joe Conason and Gene Lyons)
Conservative hate speech and intoleranceDuring a tour by Hillary Clinton and others to promote the Clinton health care plan, their appearances are disrupted by well-organized and sometimes violent protests. (In one appearance in Seattle, the police took two guns and a knife off of arrested protesters.) The protests are sponsored and organized by the Committee for a Sound Economy, which has ties to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and is funded by right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. (H.R. Clinton)