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1999 Stories by Jason Vest

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  • Gary Ruskin's Christmas Present

    published December 28, 1999

    WASHINGTON—There is nothing mirthful, festive, or jolly about Office 3A at 1611 Connecticut Avenue NW. Except, perhaps, the man who has... More >>

  • Hillary’s Anti-Union, Slumlord Pals

    published December 14, 1999

    WASHINGTON—In their own neoliberal, yuppified way, Bill and Hillary Clinton continue to prove the adage that the longer married couples stay... More >>

  • Pulp Legislation

    published November 30, 1999

    WASHINGTON—This town is incredibly sexually repressed, and hardly a session of Congress passes without a legislative attempt,... More >>

  • The Rogue Candidate

    published November 16, 1999

    Washington, D.C.-That Malcolm Stevenson 'Steve' Forbes Jr. continues to exist as a presidential candidate is almost an allegory for the... More >>

  • Alien Toxins

    published November 9, 1999

    WASHINGTON—The story ends—for now, anyway—with a piece of paper dated September 20, quietly conveyed two weeks ago to the... More >>

  • Pat's Tattered Army

    published November 2, 1999

    FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA—Ostensibly, what took place here at the Doubletree Hotel last week was merely Brigadeführer Patrick... More >>

  • 'Dollar Bill' Bucks the Odds

    published September 7, 1999

    Washington — The Democratic nomination would seem to be Al Gore's to blow. Despite his probable ascendency, however, the myriad... More >>

  • Tap, Tap . . . Who's There?

    published August 10, 1999

    Washington— The collective ear of the capital-in-the-throes-of- summer-doldrums has been hopelessly cocked toward New York. Insipid... More >>

  • Bickering Buddhists

    published July 20, 1999

    Bloomington, Indiana— Having just had its national profile raised by a hate crime, this small midwestern city is looking forward to a... More >>

  • Summer of Smith

    published July 13, 1999

    Bloomington, Indiana— While this was the penultimate stop on Benjamin "August" Smith's suicidal circuit ride of racist murder from... More >>

  • Not So Approachable

    published July 6, 1999

    Washington—If ever a phrase has been worn out in Clintonian Washington, it's "attorney-client privilege." however, even as ken Starr's probe... More >>

  • Balkans Beachhead

    published June 29, 1999

    Washington— It was late in the day when the industrial contractor called. "We're ready to do business in Kosovo," he told the senior... More >>

  • Stand-Up Conspiracist

    published June 15, 1999

    Washington— The baby looked utterly horrified upon beholding the approaching man in a dark suit and even darker glasses. And who... More >>

  • Human Shields For Clinton

    published June 8, 1999

    Washington— If ever there was an example of wishful thinking being realized, President Clinton's address to graduating Air Force... More >>

  • War of the Words

    published May 25, 1999

    Truth is the first casualty in war, as the old cliché goes, but in the case of Kosovo, truth must be unscathed, since there is no war.... More >>

  • The Real Rambouillet

    published May 11, 1999

    Press Clips was not going to write about Kosovo this week. However, the sight of State Department spinmeister Jamie Rubin defiling the atmosphere... More >>

  • Paper-Thin Reporting

    published May 4, 1999

    In the days after the Littleton shooting, Robert Giles, director of the Freedom Forum's Media Studies Center, issued a press release decreeing... More >>

  • Wag This!

    published April 20, 1999

    Washington— Though none of the president's men (and this includes you, Madeleine) had, by last week's end, apparently even... More >>

  • New York's Kosovo Kingpin

    published April 13, 1999

    Washington, D.C.— Though he hasn't been on the floor of the House of Representatives since he left in 1988, Joseph DioGuardi,... More >>

  • Clinton Bombs Again

    published April 6, 1999

    Washington— Bill Clinton isn't the first chief executive in U.S. history to curtail democracy and human rights abroad ostensibly in... More >>

  • Ferro's Army?

    published March 23, 1999

    Washington— The impending arrival here of a new, relatively minor consular official rarely attracts much attention. There is, however, one... More >>

  • The Nose Knows

    published March 9, 1999

    Despite all the bilge that's gushed through institutional Washington over the past year about the importance of "honesty" and "accountability"... More >>

  • Rehnquist's Glass House

    published January 12, 1999

    Washington— It seems only fitting that the final act of the Clinton Impeachment Saga should highlight the role of a judge who garbs himself... More >>

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