Newt Lite: Watering Down The Contract With America

House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) invited the circus to perform outside the Capitol on Apr. 5. Clowns and pachyderms mingled with lawmakers as House Republicans' saluted completion of work on their Contract With America. But the revelry masked a sobering reality: Key elements of the revolutionary manifesto are being scrapped, watered down, or rewritten by moderate Senate Republicans and a cadre of middle-of-the-road Democrats.

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