Damage control in Clinton-era papers
As the White House was enveloped in the Monica Lewinsky scandal in January 1998, aides offered advice to President Bill Clinton's speechwriting team on how to use the State of the Union address that month to rebuild public confidence in the president. "Please recognize, I am in no way suggesting that he use his speech to discuss our current situation head-on," Minyon Moore, Clinton's public liaison, wrote in a memo. "I am simply stating that we cannot take his supporters for granted, nor his detractors, and they need to be reassured on several fronts." Moore suggested Clinton invoke God "as the underpinning for his policy and thought process." Her memo was among some 2,500 pages of documents from the Clinton White House years made public Friday by the National Archives. More of the 30,000 documents will be released in the next few weeks.
Study looks at cholesterol in kids
There's fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found about one-third had borderline or high cholesterol when tested in routine physical exams. The results seem to support guidelines calling for every child to have a cholesterol test between 9 and 11, the ages of the 13,000 in the study. About half of kids with high cholesterol will go on to have it as adults, raising their risk for heart attacks, strokes and other problems. The study will be presented at an American College of Cardiology conference in Washington this weekend.