The Risk Clinton Faces

He had to ditch his call for a middle-class tax cut and his campaign vow to fight higher gasoline taxes. His plan to supercharge the economy through public investment was drastically scaled back. And his dream of universal health-care coverage had to be deferred. But after a bruising six-month struggle with Congress, it looks as if Bill Clinton will emerge with a $496 billion deficit-cutting plan that he hopes will cement his claim to be "a different kind of Democrat."

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