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Monday, June 21, 2004


DAILY 7: FRED BARNES; SOUTH KOREAN CAMPAIGN DONOR; ARKANSAS IN PLAY; JOHN HARRIS; U.S. NEWS ON BEN FRANKLIN, RELIGION IN AMERICA, & MCMANSIONS 



FRED BARNES: THE SHRINKING CLINTON
There are three primary methods of assessing, then ranking, a president. None helps Clinton. The first, most-often-applied test, goes like this: Did the president face an unprecedented challenge, did he respond boldly, and was he successful? Because they passed this test so impressively, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt are rated by historians as the top three presidents. Clinton faced no great challenge to which he could respond boldly and successfully. He was president during the period Charles Krauthammer has dubbed a "holiday from history." In fact, Clinton has complained he had no major war or crisis to confront.


KERRY RETURNS SOUTH KOREAN'S CASH
John Kerry's campaign collected a maximum $2,000 check from the recently arrested son of South Korea's disgraced former president, and some of its fund-raisers met several times with a South Korean government official who was trying to organize a Korean-American political group.


DEMS THINK CLINTON CAN DELIVER ARKANSAS AND MORE
Regional differences could put Kerry at a disadvantage in this non-Yankee state. Republicans are eagerly trying to exploit them.

''An elitist New England senator,'' is how Huckabee, Bush's Arkansas campaign chairman, describes him. The governor says Kerry's views on gun control, abortion and gay civil unions are too liberal for Arkansas.
Are the Dems going to try fooling Arkansas into thinking their voting for Clinton instead of that Boston Brahmin, Kerry?



JOHN HARRIS: CLINTON'S FOCUS ON PERSONAL MAY HAVE A COST
That same week, he had a meeting with Cabinet members, widely reported at the time, in which he told them that beneath his genial surface he had harbored deep anger during much of his presidency, and that this had led to his lapse with Lewinsky.

Of his anger, Clinton remarked to Time, "I hid it pretty good, didn't I?"



U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT has a special issue, "DEFINING AMERICA: WHY THE U.S. IS UNIQUE"
Here are 3 interesting articles...

JOANNIE FISCHER: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, THE SELF-MADE MODEL
Born the 15th child of a poor candle maker, Franklin received only three years of formal schooling. So while other future Founding Fathers, like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, were receiving the best educations money could buy, an 11-year-old Ben set about educating himself--and never stopped. For starters, he taught himself Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and German and used them all with flair. Then, having learned to play the harp, violin, and guitar, he delved into science, math, and philosophy.


JAY TOLSON: THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS
Among advanced industrialized countries, America is easily the most religious


The "McMansion" is an assertion of a peculiarly American sense of identity and space; WHERE SIZE MATTERS
Whatever the case, American houses have clearly gotten much, much bigger. In 1950, the average single-family home was 983 square feet. By 1970, it was 1,500. Today it is 2,329.

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