Bill Clinton

Beyond Good and Evil in American Politics: On Rand Paul’s Filibuster

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A strange thing happened last week — Republican Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul took to the floor of the Senate for a marathon ten-and-a-half-hour speech, in an attempt to filibuster the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. (OK, it wasn’t technically a filibuster, but still.) He described the Act as “the most unpatriotic of Acts,” which is probably true, but still startling to hear from a member of the GOP, because it was George W. Bush who signed the act into law in the first place.
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Monica Lewinsky’s Comeback Shows We’re as Confused About Her as Ever

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Sixteen years ago, I spent every morning eating Cheerios with no milk and reading the newspaper, like every kid who wanted to know what was going on in the world. But on a September day in 1998, my copy of The Boston Globe had a special section about The Starr Report, an exhaustive, R-rated tale of how then-President Bill Clinton had an affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. Blue dresses. Linda Tripp. A description of the President’s sexual proclivities. The cigar was included, in excruciating detail.
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Remember When Aretha Franklin Sang “I Dreamed a Dream” For Bill Clinton?

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Perhaps you love Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Les Misérables. Maybe you’re really excited for the Broadway revival of the show — the second since the original production closed in 2003 — which celebrated its opening last week. Or maybe you are just the kind of person who gets a lot of joy from searching for YouTube clips of random people singing the first-act show-stopper, “I Dreamed a Dream.” If you fall into the last camp, congratulations! You are me. But that also means you may have discovered something pretty intriguing amid the videos of Anne Hathaway, Patti LuPone, and pitchy teenage girls: Aretha Franklin sang the song at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration in 1993.
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