Donorgate And Newtgate Take Center Stage

For now, ethics will overshadow legislation

Just weeks ago, on the heels of President Clinton's convincing second-term win and the Republicans' success at retaining control of Capitol Hill, Washington leaders were chanting "compromise." But the hymns to harmony have suddenly gone flat. The reasons: House Speaker Newt Gingrich's admission that he misled the House Ethics Committee about his use of tax-exempt foundations to back his political causes and the deepening fund-raising scandal surrounding Clinton.

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