Chelsea Clinton spent her teen years
alternately shielded from publicity and on display to
demonstrate family unity during her father's
embarrassing crises. Now Bill Clinton and Hillary
Rodham Clinton are complaining about a
People magazine cover story on Chelsea.
The White House was steamed at People over its
cover story about "the deep bond of love" between
Chelsea and Hillary. The piece is far from critical, but
the President expressed dismay that six years of "the
media's restraint in allowing Chelsea the privacy that
any young person needs and deserves"
has come to an end, right there on the
supermarket checkout line.
White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said the
Clintons found fault with "more the concept then
the detail" of the story - namely that she
was on the cover at all.
"They didn't want the rest of the media to think it
was finally OK to pry into Chelsea's life and invade
her privacy," said a family friend. People rejected
pleas that the article might endanger Chelsea's
security, insisted that she is a legitimate news subject.
As the Senate trial over the Monica Lewinsky and President
Clinton scandal ended, Hillary Rodham Clinton took the
limelight away from her husband.
The possibility of the first lady running for the
New York Senate seat in 2000 was circulating.
Despite the chatter that she's just "considering it," insiders
said Clinton was drooling over the prospect of replacing
retiring Sen. Daniel Moynihan. She could raise the money
and probably win, they said, but there are election-law
questions about how she could be an active candidate
hosting fund-raisers while also acting as first lady. And
there's a curveball some were tossing around: She might
run for governor in Arkansas in 2002.
Clinton could also face hostility from some Jewish voters
for supporting the eventual creation of an
independent Palestinian state.
Clinton wonderd whether she would enjoy the often
confining and tedious life of a senator, and whether she
would have even a modicum of privacy. She also worried
that Senate rules would limit her earning power to
help pay the family's steep legal bills.
What gave her particular pause was the likelihood that any
campaign would be all about her, not the issues, and would
be nasty, brutish, and long. For a woman reeling from the
Year of Monica, it would be a very unpleasant way to spend
her remaining 23 months as first lady.
"Whatever she wants," said her husband.
King Hussein, who ruled the country of Jordan for
nearly 47 years, died of complications from
lymphatic cancer. He was 63.
Doctors turned off a respirator after his heart stopped
pumping and his brain stopped functioning, palace
sources said. Hussein had been connected to the
life-supporting machine when his internal organs
failed following an unsuccessful bone marrow
transplant performed in the U.S.
His death ended the reign of a leader whose larger-
than-life image and adroit political skills in a region
of shifting alliances defined a nation and an era.
Nearly 80 percent of his subjects have never
known another king.
At home, Hussein kept a common touch with his
people. Abroad, he owned homes in London,
Washington, Vienna and Palm Beach, Fla.
He became king in 1952 after his father, KingTalal,
abdicated due to mental illness, leaving him, not
quite 17, to rule under guidance of a British
general, Sir John Bagot Glubb.
Hussein married four times, fathered 11 children
and adopted a daughter.
His 3 7-year-old son, Abdullah, a military man who
was in charge of Jordan's special forces, was sworn in
as the kingdom's fourth monarch and addressed his
4.3 million subjects. "King Hussein was a father to
every one of you, as he was my father," he said.
"Today you are my brothers and sister and
you are dear to me."
Gene Siskel of the critic-duo
Siskel and Ebert died of brain
Rev. Jerry Falwell said that the
character Tinky Winky on the
popular PBS kids' program
Teletubbies is gay.
John Ehrlichman, Richard Nixon's
domestic policy aide who helped
in covering up Watergate, died at
The law firm of President Clinton's
pal Vernon Jordan, Akin Gump,
wants the U.S. to pay $20 million
to rebuild the Sudanese Al Shifa
pharmaceutical factory it
exploded during last year's attack
on military plants allegedly linked
to terrorist Osama bin Laden.
London's famously voracious
press was finally allowed to snap
photos of Prince Charles and his
longstanding girlfriend Camilla
Parker Bowles walking six steps
from the Ritz hotel to a car.
David Howard, a white mayoral
aide in Washington, used the
word niggardly in conversation
with a black official, who took
offense because he felt that nig
gardly, which means miserly or
cheap, was a racist term.