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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX MON JULY 20, 1998 01:03:59 UTC XXXXX

ID NUMBER TO TRACK MEDICAL HISTORY

**First**

The NEW YORK TIMES leads on Monday with a detailed report that has President
Clinton quietly laying plans to assign every American a computer ID code
that would be used to track medical history from cradle to grave!

Being described as a "unique health identifier" -- the computer code would
be used to create a national database that would track every citizen's
health.

The electronic code would be the first comprehensive national identification
system since the Social Security number was introduced in 1935, reports the
TIMES.

A national disease database could be created, offering unlimited
opportunities for scientific study, proponents claim.

Opponents say the code smacks of Big Brother.

"We have very grave concerns about the unique patient identifier," Dr.
Donald Palmisano, the American Medical Association's expert on medical
privacy, tells the TIMES. "If this information ended up in some central
repository, some giant clearinghouse, what protection do we have that some
vandal would not break in?"

[Break in and, say, get their hands on President Clinton's own secret health
records?]

Exploding on Monday...

X X X X X

MAG: RENO WANTS PROBE OF STARR!

Attorney General Janet Reno wants a Justice Department investigation into
whether Independent Counsel Ken Starr and his deputies leaked secret
grand-jury information, NEWSWEEK [7/27/98] is set to report on Monday.

Klaidman and Isikoff pop the story that has been the talk of underground
Washington: Reno has started to distrust Starr!

"Reno may soon notify Judge Johnson in a sealed court filing of her
intention to start her probe [of the leaks] -- and has alerted Starr's
office as well," reveals NEWSWEEK.

FOOTNOTE: The Secret Service employees who testified last week in Washington
appeared in front of a different grand jury than Starr's regular courthouse
panel. Why the rush? The only clue, according to FOX NEWS hotshot David
Shuster, came in a footnote to a document prosecutors filed with the Supreme
Court. The footnote hinted that Starr's office was in possession of
"extraordinarily sensitive information." That information apparently was
filed under seal, but the footnote alluding to whateveritis was all it took
to throw case watchers into panting and ranting with curiosity all
weekend...

X X X X X

POLL: RUSH LIMBAUGH FAVORITE CONSERVATIVE

A new survey by the Heritage Foundation, Washington's leading conservative
think tank, has Rush Limbaugh coming in Number One in a list of favorites.

More than 25,000 members of the foundation were asked to name three
individuals or institutions that are "leaders of the conservative movement
today." The results find there way into national publications this week:

Rush Limbaugh 47%
Christian Coalition 33%
Steve Forbes 27%
Republican Party 19%
Newt Gingrich 19%
Pat Buchanan 13%
Bill Bennett 12%
George Bush Jr. 10%
Trent Lott 09%
Fred Thompson 07%
Jack Kemp 06%
Bill Paxon 02%
Dan Quayle 01%

X X X X X

NEW WOODWARD BOOK

WASHINGTON POST star Bob Woodward is said to be finishing a new book,
working title: THE LEGACY OF WATERGATE. Publication date not known. One
media insider describes it as a serious look at news coverage and its hunger
for scandal after Nixon...

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