Impeachment, Stupid

Republicans Reeling From Backlash

Last weekend, ABC reported that Willey friend— and Gore fundraiser— Nathan Landow had hired a detective to look into Willey's affairs. Landow denies any involvement with the detective. In any case, the snoop turned on whoever hired him and called Willey to warn her about what was going on. Willey told ABC she was approached by a menacing jogger near her home two days before her testimony in the Paula Jones case. She said the man inquired about her childen, her missing cat, and whether she'd gotten the tires on her car repaired after someone had driven nails into them.

"Don't you get the message?" she said the man asked.

Willey has testified that Landow pressured her to deny that Clinton made a sexual advance to her. Landow took the fifth when Starr hauled him before a grand jury last year.

Hard Right
Ol' Strom Woos Female Clinton Lawyers

Livening up Clinton's dreary Senate "trial" is the spry figure of 96-year-old Strom Thurmond of South Carolina ministering to the president's two female attorneys, Cheryl Mills and Nicole Seligman. The ancient Dixiecrat lech greeted the women with a gift of fruit one morning last month. Later, on being formally introduced to them by a smiling David Kendall, Thurmond clutched Seligman's hand and didn't let go until the opening gavel sounded, whereupon he pulled some candies from his pocket and offered them to the women.

Thurmond's reputation as a notorious Senate womanizer whips Teddy Kennedy's and a host of others.

"When he dies," the late Texas senator John Tower once said, "they'll have to beat his pecker down with a baseball bat in order to close the coffin lid."

According to the unauthorized biography Ol' Strom by Jack Bass and Marilyn W. Thompson, Thurmond has, over the years, pursued numerous female South Carolina police agents assigned to protect him. In the book, one proper cop told of being summoned to the senator's hotel room in 1980. Opening the door, she said, she found Thurmond sitting in his underwear on the bed and motioning to her invitingly to sit beside him. She said she shut the door and returned to her room.

Another anecdote, long bandied about in South Carolina, recounts how Thurmond supposedly seduced a woman who had been convicted of murder and was on her way to the electric chair. According to Bass and Thompson, as a young judge in the early '40s, Thurmond had talked the woman, Sue Logue, into surrendering after a tense standoff with cops following the murder in which she was suspected.

Logue was convicted and sentenced to death. On the night of her electrocution, Thurmond, then an army officer on active duty during World War II, returned to South Carolina to accompany her to the death house in Columbia. According to the driver of the car, they were "a-huggin and a-kissin" all the way. Reportedly, "graveyard" talk among cops following the execution was Thurmond had made love to Logue in the car.

Thurmond also is well known in South Carolina for his relationship with an African American woman many years ago, which led to the birth of a daughter. Although he has never publically recognized the woman, the old segregationist helped put her through college.

In 1993 Senator Patti Murray of Washington reportedly told California's Barbara Boxer that Thurmond had tried to fondle her in a Capitol elevator.

According to Bass and Thompson in Ol' Strom, "Boxer said Murray told her that Thurmond put his arm around her, tried to grope her breast, and said, 'Are you married, little lady?' "

Drug Scare
Every year, 106,000 Americans die as a result of taking prescription drugs. That's three times as many people as are killed by motor vehicles, making prescription drugs the fourth-leading killer in the U.S., after heart disease, cancer, and stroke, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Sales of prescription drugs have skyrocketed to $78.9 billion a year, more than doubling in the last eight years. They now make up the fastest-growing portion of health-care costs.

Resarch: Ioanna Veleanu; Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly

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