Special Reports Personal Collection:
Norris Carden's (www.nuzman.com) e-mail collection of Drudge's Special Reports (5/31/1997 - 1/17/2001.)
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An extraordinary communications security blanket will be in place for
President Clinton's grand jury showdown on Monday. One of the hottest
telecasts in American history will be scrambled with the latest encryption
technology and put on a special fiber-optic line from the White House to the
courtroom, the DALLAS MORNING NEWS reports in Thursday editions.
Hacker beware: Intercepting the president's testimony could fall under
wiretapping statutes as a felony, reports the paper.
Tech workers, claiming to be from a Virginia cable company, visited the
federal courthouse early week. One court watcher explains that the cover
didn't work: "It was obvious that they guys were not with 'Virginia Cable'
but were from the FBI or some other government agency... setting it all up."
Starr is expected to personally question Clinton during the session...
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REPORT: CLINTON DEFENSE FUND TAKES IN MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN 6 MONTHS
The NEW YORK TIMES fronts an exclusive report in its Thursday Bulldog
edition on the state of President Clinton's new legal defense fund.
The Clinton Legal Expense Trust has exceeded its managers' most optimistic
expectations -- pulling in more than $2 million in donations -- mainly
through a direct-mail effort highlighting Ken Starr's tactics, reveals the
paper's hotshot Don Van Natta Jr.
"The $2 million far outstrips the $1.3 million raised over a three and a
half year period by the original defense fund... More than 8,000 people have
sent contributions to the new trust, ranging from a single dollar to the
$10,000 maximum... 'donations came from Main Street, Wall Street and
"I would have given more, but they didn't want any more," smarts David
Geffen, who tells the TIMES that he has contributed $10,000 to the trust.
"I just think this is an incredibly unfortunate situation for the president
and for this country. There is a well financed group of zealots who want to
bring down the president. And this guy has no money. He's broke. This is a
[Clinton shared several hours with The Geff on Tuesday, visiting the
Hollywood mogul's nine-acre Beverly Hills estate.]
Clinton's legal bills are estimated at approximately $6 million.
"The president has a great number of friends and admirers who sympathize
what he is going through and who think that Ken Starr is totally out of
control," Mark Weiner, a friend of the Clintons and the treasurer of the
Democratic Governors Association, tells the TIMES.
And more money could be coming soon....
A quick look at the Op-Ed circuits show non-stop Clinton bashing waiting in
the wings this weekend. Bashing that will lead to more cashing?
ROONEY CALLS CLINTON 'SLEAZEBAG'
"I don't have to remind you that I voted for Clinton twice, but if I had a
picture of the president of the United States in our kitchen now, I'd take
So writes 60 MINUTES face Andy Rooney in his upcoming weekly syndicated column.
A prerelease of Rooney's weekend column, obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT,
shows the broadcast veteran hitting hard.
"I have this sneaky feeling now, in spite of polls to the contrary, that the
tide is turning on President Clinton. I think that because I notice a very
negative attitude creeping into my own thoughts about him, and if I'm as
normal and average an American as I think I am and have that feeling, then a
lot of people are having it. I see him in public, usually with his mouth
open even when he isn't talking, and I imagine him in private. The word
'sleazebag' keeps coming to mind when I look at him."
CAL THOMAS: 'CLINTON IS LIKE FOOD POISONING'
A new Cal Thomas, set for release on Friday, also offers no mercy to Clinton
on the eve of his testimony.
Thomas lashes and trashes the entire state of American culture, warning of a
"A truth-teller doesn't need a Hollywood producer to help him with body
language and acting skills or to scorch the Earth with the bodies of those
who tell the truth about him... Bill Clinton is like food poisoning. We're
going to have to wait until he passes out of our system. Still, he
accurately reflects the valueless society that twice elected him. If we
care only about material things and not moral things; if we're carrying on
in our personal lives as if judgment day will never come; if we think we can
do as we please, why shouldn't we expect a president who reflects the
majority behavior and opinion?... The fault is in ourselves. To hold him
accountable means we would have to hold ourselves accountable. So we lie
and we'll tolerate the lies of Bill Clinton."
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DRUDGE SITE PASSES 11 MILLION VISITS
The Clinton Legal Expense Trust is not the only Bull on the market. Late
Wednesday night, the DRUDGE REPORT web site hit 11,000,000 visits in the
past 31 days, according to logs. The surge represents more than a 1000%
increase in traffic from a year ago. Last August, the REPORT was averaging
slightly more than 1,000,000 visits... Thank you for the stories, Mr.
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