Bill Clinton

42nd President of the United States (1993–2001) Bill Clinton

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president. He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first president of the baby boomer generation. Clinton has been described as a New Democrat. Many of his policies have been attributed to a centrist Third Way philosophy of governance.
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Bill Clinton wants to weigh in on whether to release sealed 1998 grand jury documents
CNN - 2 days
Former President Bill Clinton told a federal court on Friday that he'd like to weigh in on whether sealed documents from his 1998 grand jury investigation should be released to the public.
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The Big Dog Won't Hunt?
Wall Street Journal - 5 days
Some Democrats don’t want to campaign with Bill Clinton; Republicans enjoy a polling bounce.
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Paid parental leave elusive 25 years after FMLA
CNN - 14 days
Twenty-five years ago today, on February 5, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act. The first and only federal leave legislation in the United States, it guarantees nearly 60% of employees 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave to take care of a new baby, a sick relative or their own serious medical condition.
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It’s Not Your Imagination: Trump’s State of the Union Address Was Long
NYTimes - 19 days
President Trump delivered one of the longest State of the Union addresses in 50 years, clocking in at one hour and 20 minutes. Only Bill Clinton spoke longer.
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Op-Ed Columnist: 10 Ways Trump Has Obstructed Justice
NYTimes - 21 days
A list that uses the same form as the impeachment articles against Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
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Bill Clinton repays a favor to Fleetwood Mac at MusiCares ceremony - 23 days
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Their 1977 song "Don't Stop" helped power Bill Clinton into the White House in 1992, and on Friday it was the former U.S. president doing the honors for Fleetwood Mac.
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Trump touts relationship with UK leader, threatens Palestinian aid at Davos
ABC News - 24 days
Trump's visit is the first by a U.S. president since Bill Clinton.
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CNN Poll: Economic boost buoys Trump, but negatives abound elsewhere
CNN - 29 days
One year in to Donald Trump's time in office, his approval ratings fall well below his predecessors' anniversary marks, and Americans' expectations that he will keep major campaign promises have largely faded, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. But the President appears to be reaping some benefits from the best ratings of the economy since Bill Clinton occupied the Oval Office.
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Can you really be successful on four hours' a night sleep?
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Following Donald Trump recent annual medical assessment, his doctor proudly proclaimed the president scored perfectly in his cognitive tests and only needs four to five hours of sleep a night. ‘He’s just one of those people, I think, that just does not require a lot of sleep,’ said his White House physician, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, adding: ‘He’s probably been that way his whole life. That’s why he’s been successful.’ Trump, of course, is not the only world leader known for getting by on little sleep. Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher was known for sleeping four hours a night; in 2016 the New York Times reported then-President Obama slept for five hours, as did Bill Clinton who, during his presidency, was known for calling staff well into the early hours. Outside of government, Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes at 3.45am and  US Vogue editor Dame Anna Wintour arrives at her New York tennis club before 6am. The Wall Street Journal once dubbed these types the ‘sleepless elite’...
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Berman compares Trump's defense to Nixon
CNN - about 1 month
CNN's John Berman compares President Trump's "I am not a racist" comment to denials of US Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
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Bill Clinton on ‘s---hole’ dust-up: Haiti isn't 'the country the president described'
Fox News - about 1 month
Former President Bill Clinton responded Friday to President Trump’s alleged comments questioning why the U.S. was accepting immigrants from “s---hole” countries, reportedly made in reference to Haiti and some countries in Africa and Central America.
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Fire breaks out at Bill and Hillary Clinton's property in Chappaqua, NY -
Google News - about 2 months Fire breaks out at Bill and Hillary Clinton's property in Chappaqua, NY A fire on Wednesday broke out in a building on the suburban property where Bill and Hillary Clinton's home is located just north of New York City, authorities said. The fire started around 2:50 p.m. and was extinguished around 3:15 p.m., local police ... Fire breaks out on Hillary and Bill Clinton's property in ChappaquaWashington Post Fire on Clinton property was in Secret Service facilityCNN Fire extinguished at Clinton property in New YorkPolitico Newsweek -Fox News -New York Daily News -CBS News all 87 news articles »
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Will the Republican tax plan help the economy? Time will tell.
Chicago Times - about 2 months
Trickle-down economics has never done what its proponents claimed it would do in terms of boosting the economy by lowering taxes for businesses and the wealthy. Quite the contrary, one of the greatest economic booms occurred after President Bill Clinton raised taxes. Maybe it will be different...
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Every Time Person of the Year for the past 25 years
CBS News - 3 months
Vladimir Putin, Bill Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg are just some of the people who have been named Time's Person of the Year in the past quarter-century
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Trump to shrink Utah monuments, riling tribes and environmentalists
Yahoo News - 3 months
U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Utah on Monday to announce big cuts to the state's sprawling wilderness national monuments, a move that is likely to trigger legal challenges from tribes and environmental groups.    Trump’s visit to the state follows a months-long review by the Interior Department that he ordered in April to identify which of 27 monuments designated by past presidents should be rescinded or resized to make way for development. Unlike national parks that can only be created by an act of Congress, national monuments can be designated unilaterally by presidents under the century-old Antiquities Act, a law meant to protect sacred sites, artifacts and historical objects. Trump on Monday will call for an 85 percent cut to Utah’s 1.3 million acre Bears Ears National Monument created in 2016 by then-President Barack Obama, and a 50 percent cut to the state’s 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument created by Bill Clinton in 1996, according to doc...
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Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting report triggered FBI hunt for leaker, new emails show
Fox News - 3 months
The revelation last year of an unorthodox tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch set off a frenzied scramble at the FBI to track down the source, newly released documents show.
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The Left Changes Its Mind on Bill Clinton
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
It isn’t clear what is causing Democrats to re-evaluate their support for the former president.
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Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should have resigned over Lewinsky affair
CNN - 3 months
New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand believes that former President Bill Clinton should have resigned in light of the Lewinsky affair.
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Commentary: Bill Clinton - the original Donald Trump?
CBS News - 3 months
Trump has been accused of coarsening our political discourse -- and Bill Clinton was accused of the same
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  • 2016
    Age 69
    In February 2016, CNN reported that documents show the Clintons combined to receive more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until spring 2015.
  • 2015
    Age 68
    In May 2015, The Hill reported that Bill and Hillary Clinton have made more than $25 million in speaking fees since the start of 2014, and that Hillary Clinton also made $5 million or more from her book, Hard Choices, during the same time period.
  • 2014
    Age 67
    In June 2014, ABC News and The Washington Post reported that Bill Clinton has made more than $100 million giving paid speeches since leaving public office, and in 2008, the New York Times reported that the Clintons' income tax returns show they have made $109 million in the 8 years from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2007, including almost $92 million from his speaking and book-writing.
    In July 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported that at the end of 2012, the Clintons were worth between $5 million and $25.5 million, and that in 2012 (the last year they were required to disclose the information) the Clintons made between $16 and $17 million, mostly from speaking fees earned by the former president.
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    In 2014, 18% of respondents in a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll of American voters regarded Clinton as the best president since World War II, making him the third most popular among postwar presidents, behind John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. The same poll showed that just 3% of American voters regarded Clinton as the worst president since World War II. A 2015 poll by The Washington Post asked 162 scholars of the American Political Science Association to rank all the U.S. presidents in order of greatness.
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  • 2013
    Age 66
    U.S. President Barack Obama awarded Clinton the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 20, 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 65
    His prominent role in campaigning for President Obama during the 2012 presidential election and his widely publicized speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where he officially nominated Obama and criticized Republican nominee Mitt Romney and Republican policies in detail, earned him the nickname "Explainer-in-Chief".
  • 2011
    Age 64
    In a July 2, 2011, editorial The New York Times opined, "The Defense of Marriage Act was enacted in 1996 as an election-year wedge issue, signed by President Bill Clinton in one of his worst policy moments."
    In 2011, President Michel Martelly of Haiti awarded Clinton with the National Order of Honour and Merit to the rank of Grand Cross "for his various initiatives in Haiti and especially his high contribution to the reconstruction of the country after the earthquake of January 12, 2010".
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  • 2010
    Age 63
    On February 11, 2010, he was rushed to NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital in New York City after complaining of chest pains, and had two coronary stents implanted in his heart.
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    In 2010, Clinton announced support of, and delivered the keynote address for, the inauguration of NTR, Ireland's first environmental foundation.
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    In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Clinton and George W. Bush would coordinate efforts to raise funds for Haiti's recovery.
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  • 2009
    Age 62
    Since then, Clinton has been assigned a number of other diplomatic missions. He was named United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti in 2009.
    In 2009, Clinton travelled to North Korea on behalf of two American journalists imprisoned in North Korea.
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    Clinton came out for gay marriage in July 2009 and urged the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA in 2013. He was later honored by GLAAD for his prior pro-gay stances and his reversal on DOMA. The 1996 United States campaign finance controversy was an alleged effort by the People's Republic of China (PRC) to influence the domestic policies of the United States, before and during the Clinton administration, and involved the fundraising practices of the administration itself.
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    Clinton is married to Hillary Clinton, who served as United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, who was a Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and who is the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 2016.
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  • 2008
    Age 61
    Fears were allayed August 27, 2008, when Clinton enthusiastically endorsed Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, saying that all his experience as president assures him that Obama is "ready to lead".
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    During the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, Clinton vigorously advocated on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton.
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    Clinton has remained active in politics by campaigning for Democratic candidates, including his wife's campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 and 2016, and Barack Obama's presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.
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  • 2007
    Age 60
    Gallup polls in 2007 and 2011 showed that Clinton was regarded by 13% of Americans as the greatest president in U.S. history.
  • 2006
    Age 59
    Clinton's foundation joined with the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group in 2006 to improve cooperation among those cities, and he met with foreign leaders to promote this initiative.
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  • 2005
    Age 58
    In 2005, Clinton announced through his foundation an agreement with manufacturers to stop selling sugared drinks in schools.
    The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), begun by the Clinton Foundation in 2005, attempts to address world problems such as global public health, poverty alleviation and religious and ethnic conflict.
    After Hurricane Katrina, Clinton joined with fellow former President George H. W. Bush to establish the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Fund in January 2005, and the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund in October of that year. As part of the tsunami effort, these two ex-presidents appeared in a Super Bowl XXXIX pre-game show, and traveled to the affected areas. They also spoke together at the funeral of Boris Yeltsin in 2007.
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  • 2004
    Age 57
    In the aftermath of the 2004 Asian tsunami, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Clinton to head a relief effort.
    Clinton released a best-selling autobiography, My Life in 2004.
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    The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas was dedicated in 2004.
  • 2002
    Age 55
    In 2002, Clinton warned that pre-emptive military action against Iraq would have unwelcome consequences, and later claimed to have opposed the Iraq War from the start (though some dispute this).
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  • 2001
    Age 54
    The Clinton Presidential Center was opened in Little Rock, Arkansas in his honor on December 5, 2001.
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    In 2001, the U.N.-supervised Supreme Court of Kosovo ruled that genocide did not take place, but recognized "a systematic campaign of terror, including murders, rapes, arsons and severe maltreatments".
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    Clinton controversially issued 141 pardons and 36 commutations on his last day in office on January 20, 2001.
    On January 19, 2001, Clinton's law license was suspended for five years after he acknowledged to an Arkansas circuit court that he had engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice in the Jones case.
  • 2000
    Age 53
    Following another attempt in December 2000 at Bolling Air Force Base, in which the President offered the Clinton Parameters, the situation broke down completely after the end of the Taba Summit and with the start of the Second Intifada.
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    Clinton's November 2000 visit to Vietnam was the first by a U.S. president since the end of the Vietnam War.
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  • 1999
    Age 52
    American and British aircraft in the Iraq no-fly zones attacked hostile Iraqi air defenses 166 times in 1999 and 78 times in 2000.
    Later in his presidency, in 1999, Clinton criticized the way the policy was implemented, saying he did not think any serious person could say it was not "out of whack". The policy remained controversial, and was finally repealed in 2011, removing open sexual preference as a reason for dismissal from the armed forces.
    Clinton was acquitted by the U.S. Senate in 1999, and served his complete term of office.
  • 1998
    Age 51
    In another 1998 event, Elizabeth Gracen recanted a six-year-old denial and stated she had a one-night stand with Clinton in 1982.
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    Also in 1998, Juanita Broaddrick alleged that Clinton had raped her in the spring of 1978, although she stated she did not remember the exact date.
    In 1998, Kathleen Willey alleged that Clinton groped her in a hallway in 1993.
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    Seeking to weaken Hussein's grip on power, Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 into law on October 31, 1998, which instituted a policy of "regime change" against Iraq, though it explicitly stated it did not provide for direct intervention on the part of American military forces.
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    In Clinton's 1998 State of the Union Address, he warned Congress that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was building an arsenal of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons:
    In 1998, lawyers for Paula Jones released court documents contending a pattern of sexual harassment by Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas.
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    But Jones appealed Webber Wright's ruling, and her suit gained traction following Clinton's admission to having an affair with Monica Lewinsky in August 1998.
    Clinton drew strong support from the African American community and made improving race relations a major theme of his presidency. In 1998, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison called Clinton "the first Black president", saying, "Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas".
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    After his impeachment proceedings in 1998 and 1999, Clinton's rating reached its highest point.
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    In August 1998, Clinton ordered cruise missile strikes on terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan, targeting the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, which was suspected of assisting bin Laden in making chemical weapons, and bin Laden's terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.
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    After the 1998 elections, the House impeached Clinton, alleging perjury and obstruction of justice related to the Lewinsky scandal.
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    The Congressional Budget Office reported budget surpluses of $69 billion in 1998, $126 billion in 1999, and $236 billion in 2000, during the last three years of Clinton's presidency.
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    The Congressional Budget Office reported a budget surplus between the years 1998 and 2000, the last three years of Clinton's presidency.
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  • 1997
    Age 50
    Among the judges appointed by Clinton to the courts of appeals was Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated by Clinton in 1997 to the Second Circuit and confirmed in 1998, following a delay of more than a year caused by Republican opposition.
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    In October 1997, he announced he was getting hearing aids, due to hearing loss attributed to his age, and his time spent as a musician in his youth.
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    He negotiated the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 by the Republican Congress.
    Senators Ted Kennedy—a Democrat—and Orrin Hatch—a Republican—teamed up with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff in 1997, and succeeded in passing legislation forming the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the largest (successful) health care reform in the years of the Clinton Presidency.
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    In the January 1997 State of the Union address, Clinton proposed a new initiative to provide health coverage to up to five million children.
  • 1996
    Age 49
    In response to a 1996 State Department warning about bin Laden and the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa by al-Qaeda (which killed 224 people, including 12 Americans), Clinton ordered several military missions to capture or kill bin Laden, both of which were unsuccessful.
    In the 1996 presidential election, Clinton was re-elected, receiving 49.2 percent of the popular vote over Republican Bob Dole (40.7 percent of the popular vote) and Reform candidate Ross Perot (8.4 percent of the popular vote), becoming the first Democratic incumbent since Lyndon Johnson to be elected to a second term and the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected President more than once.
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    Ken Gormley, author of The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, reveals in his book that President Clinton narrowly escaped possible assassination in the Philippines in November 1996.
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    As part of a 1996 initiative to curb illegal immigration, Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) on September 30, 1996.
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    And Clinton also pushed for passing hate crimes laws for gays and for the private sector Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which, buoyed by his lobbying, failed to pass the Senate by a single vote in 1996.
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    On September 21, 1996, Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for federal purposes as the legal union of one man and one woman, allowing individual states to refuse to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
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    On July 17, 1996, Clinton issued Executive Order 13011 – Federal Information Technology, ordering the heads of all federal agencies to utilize information technology fully to make the information of the agency easily accessible to the public." After two years of Democratic Party control, the Democrats lost control of Congress in the mid-term elections in 1994, for the first time in forty years. The White House FBI files controversy of June 1996 arose concerning improper access by the White House to FBI security-clearance documents.
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    Two years later, in 1996, Clinton became the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected to a second term.
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  • 1995
    Age 48
    In 1995, U.S. and NATO aircraft attacked Bosnian Serb targets to halt attacks on U.N. safe zones and to pressure them into a peace accord.
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  • 1994
    Age 47
    The Clinton administration also launched the first official White House website,, on October 21, 1994.
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    During Clinton's re-election campaign he said, "My 1994 crime bill expanded the death penalty for drug kingpins, murderers of federal law enforcement officers, and nearly 60 additional categories of violent felons."
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    The Omnibus Crime Bill, which Clinton signed into law in September 1994, made many changes to U.S. crime and law enforcement legislation including the expansion of the death penalty to include crimes not resulting in death, such as running a large-scale drug enterprise.
    On January 1, 1994, Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law.
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  • 1993
    Age 46
    Clinton signed the Brady Bill into law on November 30, 1993, which mandated federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States, and imposed a five-day waiting period on purchases, until the NICS system was implemented in 1998.
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    In November 1993, David Hale, the source of criminal allegations against Bill Clinton in the Whitewater controversy, alleged that Clinton, while governor of Arkansas, pressured him to provide an illegal $300,000 loan to Susan McDougal, the partner of the Clintons in the Whitewater land deal.
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    Clinton made a major speech to Congress regarding a health care reform plan on September 22, 1993, aimed at achieving universal coverage through a national health care plan.
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    Clinton signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 in August of that year, which passed Congress without a Republican vote.
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    On May 19, 1993, Clinton fired seven employees of the White House Travel Office, causing the White House travel office controversy even though the Travel Office staff served at the pleasure of the president and could be dismissed without cause.
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    On February 15, 1993, Clinton made his first address to the nation, announcing his plan to raise taxes to cap the budget deficit.
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    Two days after taking office, on January 22, 1993—the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, Clinton reversed restrictions on domestic and international family planning programs that had been imposed by Reagan and Bush.
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    Shortly after taking office, Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 on February 5, which required large employers to allow employees to take unpaid leave for pregnancy or a serious medical condition.
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    Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States on January 20, 1993.
  • 1992
    Age 45
    Clinton was selected as Time "Man of the Year" in 1992, and again in 1998, along with Ken Starr.
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    In 1992, Gennifer Flowers stated that she had a relationship with Clinton that began in 1980.
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    Clinton won the 1992 presidential election (43. percent of the vote) against Republican incumbent George H. W. Bush (37.4 percent of the vote) and billionaire populist Ross Perot, who ran as an independent (18.9 percent of the vote) on a platform focusing on domestic issues; a significant part of Clinton's success was Bush's steep decline in public approval.
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    Colonel Eugene Holmes, the Army officer who had been involved with Clinton's ROTC application, suspected that Clinton attempted to manipulate the situation to avoid the draft and avoid serving in uniform. He issued a notarized statement during the 1992 presidential campaign:
    Clinton was elected President in 1992, defeating incumbent George H. W. Bush.
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  • 1990
    Age 43
    Presenting himself as a moderate and a member of the New Democrat wing of the Democratic Party, he headed the moderate Democratic Leadership Council in 1990 and 1991.
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  • 1988
    Age 41
    He gave the nationally televised opening night address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, but his speech, which was 33 minutes long and twice as long as it was expected to be, was criticized for being too long and poorly delivered.
    Later, as president, Clinton was the first President to pardon a death-row inmate since the federal death penalty was reintroduced in 1988.
  • 1987
    Age 40
    In 1987, there was media speculation Clinton would enter the race after then-New York Governor Mario Cuomo declined to run and Democratic front-runner Gary Hart withdrew owing to revelations of marital infidelity.
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  • 1985
    Age 38
    Clinton delivered the Democratic response to President Reagan's 1985 State of the Union Address and served as Chair of the National Governors Association from 1986 to 1987, bringing him to an audience beyond Arkansas.
  • 1984
    Age 37
    Formally organized as the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), the New Democrats argued that in light of President Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in 1984, the Democratic Party needed to adopt a more centrist political stance in order to succeed at the national level.
  • 1983
    Age 36
    The reforms passed in September 1983 after Clinton called a special legislative session—the longest in Arkansas history.
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  • 1982
    Age 35
    Clinton joined friend Bruce Lindsey's Little Rock law firm of Wright, Lindsey and Jennings. In 1982, he was again elected governor and kept the office for ten years; beginning with the 1986 election, Arkansas had changed its gubernatorial term of office from two to four years.
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  • 1980
    Age 33
    Monroe Schwarzlose of Kingsland in Cleveland County, polled 31 percent of the vote against Clinton in the Democratic gubernatorial primary of 1980.
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    However, his term included an unpopular motor vehicle tax and citizens' anger over the escape of Cuban refugees (from the Mariel boatlift) detained in Fort Chaffee in 1980.
  • 1978
    Age 31
    Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1978, having defeated the Republican candidate Lynn Lowe, a farmer from Texarkana.
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  • 1976
    Age 29
    In 1976 Clinton ran for Arkansas Attorney General.
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  • 1972
    Age 25
    Hammerschmidt, who had received 77 percent of the vote in 1972, defeated Clinton by only a 52 percent to 48 percent margin.
    Clinton did eventually move to Texas with Rodham to take a job leading George McGovern's effort there in 1972.
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    After only about a month, Clinton postponed his plans to be a coordinator for the George McGovern campaign for the 1972 United States presidential election in order to move in with her in California. They married on October 11, 1975, and their only child, Chelsea, was born on February 27, 1980.
  • 1971
    Age 24
    In the Yale Law Library in 1971 he met fellow law student Hillary Rodham, who was a year ahead of him.
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  • 1968
    Age 21
    Clinton received Vietnam War draft deferments during 1968 and 1969 while he was in England.
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  • 1964
    Age 17
    From 1964 to 1967, he was an intern and then a clerk in the office of Arkansas Senator J.
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    In 1964 and 1965, Clinton won elections for class president.
  • 1963
    Age 16
    The other was watching Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 I Have a Dream speech on TV, which impressed him enough that he later memorized it.
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    Clinton has named two influential moments in his life that contributed to his decision to become a public figure, both occurring in 1963.
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  • 1950
    Age 3
    In 1950, Bill's mother returned from nursing school and married Roger Clinton Sr., who owned an automobile dealership in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with his brother and Earl T. Ricks.
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  • 1946
    Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, at Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Arkansas.
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