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William Jefferson Clinton
William Jefferson Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in
Hope, Arkansas. His father, William J. Blythe III was killed in
an automobile collision just two months before William's birth.
At age four, William Jefferson Blythe IV was legally adopted by
his mothers second husband, Roger Clinton, making him William
At age 22 William received a Bachelor's degree from
Georgetown University. Just five years later, he received his
law degree from Yale.
Soon after graduating from Yale, he became a law
professor at the University of Arkansas. He did not stay in one
place for long though, and in 1978 he became the Attorney
General of Arkansas. From this political position, he moved
higher up in the ranks and in 1978 won the election for the
gubernatorial seat of Arkansas. In the 1980 elections, however,
William (Bill) was defeated by Republican Frank White. As the
youngest governor of Arkansas in 40 years, Bill then became the
youngest ex-governor in United States history. During the
interim, Clinton was hired by the law firm Wright, Lindsey and
Jennings. In the 1982 elections, Mr. Clinton went after the
position of governor with renewed vigor and defeated incumbent
Republican Frank White. During the campaigning for the election
a Time magazine article stated: "If Clinton does win, it could
seem like less a comeback than a canny mid-course
correction in the path of a young, bright political star."
Clinton went on to win the next two gubernatorial
elections in the state of Arkansas. In 1988 he had the
possibility of a Democratic Party presidential nomination,
but he refused to run. Finally, in 1991, Clinton announced that
he was going to run for President of the United States.
In the 1992 election, Bill Clinton ran against Republican
incumbent George Herbert Walker Bush and independent Ross H.
Perot. During the campaign, Bill met with some difficulty
when the media discovered that he had dodged the Vietnam draft,
been unfaithful to his spouse, and smoked marijuana while
attending Oxford. Bill placated the liberal-biased media by
saying that he didn't believe in the war, and he "didn't inhale."
Opposition mounted when reporters discovered that Clinton and his
wife, Hillary Rodham, whom he married in 1975, had made some
questionable dealings over a piece of real estate referred to
commonly as Whitewater.
Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, Clinton won
the election, with 46% of voting Americans supporting him.
Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia was born March 11, 1936 in an Italian
majority section of Trenton, New Jersey. His father, Eugene
Scalia was a literary scholar and a professor of Romance
Languages at Brooklyn College. His mother was an elementary
Scalia attended Xavier High School, a Catholic Military
academy. He graduated, first in his class, in 1953. One of his
good friends once said: "He was brilliant, way above everybody
else." He later majored in History at Georgetown University in
Washington, D.C., where he again graduated first in his class.
Soon after leaving Georgetown, he enrolled in Harvard Law
School, where he was known around the campus as an effective
From Harvard he earned an LL. B. Degree and in 1960
joined the Cleveland based law firm Jones, Day, Cockly and
Reavis. He was one of the most straightforward conservatives on
the staff and there too earned a reputation as a debater.
Later, President Richard Nixon appointed Scalia to the
position of Part-time General Counsel in Executive Office of
Telecom Policy. He was confirmed by Congress under the
Gerald Ford administration for the position of Assistant Attorney
General in charge of the Justice Department's office of legal
counsel. At that time his job was mostly to give advice to the
President and the Attorney General.
In 1977 he became a Professor at the University of
Chicago Law School. Antonin Scalia is now an associate justice of
the United States Supreme Court. He took his oath in 1986 and is
the first Italian-American Supreme Court Justice. He was part of
President Ronald Reagan's effort to make the judiciary system
Mr. Scalia is very outspoken against racially based
affirmative action programs and the "Constitutional Right" to
abortion. His views are closely related to those of the Reagan
administration. Scalia is a very intelligent individual, has an
elegant writing style, and has personal charm that makes him an
influential member on the Supreme Court.
The Legislative Department consists mostly of the House
and the Senate, the two parts of Congress. The Senate has 100
members or two per state. The House of Representatives has
one representative per 30,000 people in