The Black Caucus Has Clinton Running Scared

In the midst of festivities celebrating the Israeli-Jordanian entente, President Clinton was busy trying to negotiate another peace accord--this one with the Congressional Black Caucus. On July 26, he met with caucus members, who are steamed over his Haiti policy and his stance on a pending crime bill. Clinton had little choice. He desperately needs to mend relations with the 40-member caucus for upcoming votes on health-care and welfare reform. Says a top White House aide: "The President was concerned that this group know that they are valuable members of the team."

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