The rest of the term

Interior Sec. Bruce Babbitt shows the U.S. oil industry what life will be like in the last years of Bill Clinton's presidency. Unwilling as his boss is to acknowledge mistakes and make them right, Babbitt resorts to name-calling and counterattack. In defiance of Congress, his department's Minerals Management Service continues to push an oil royalty program that won't work. And Babbitt acts bitter toward the affected industry for the impasse, even accusing it of fraud. So will things increasingly go in government as an impeached President spends the rest of his term stage-managing history. It will not be pleasant for unfavored constituencies, among which the oil and ...

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