The bill: how the adventures of Clinton's National Service bill reveal what is corrupt, comic, cynical, and noble, about Washington

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Viking Books, Jan 1, 1995 - Education - 301 pages
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Nothing Bill Clinton talked about in the 1992 campaign so typified his vision as his wildly popular plan to let Americans wipe out college loans by serving their communities. The idea was quintessential Clinton, the New Democrat trying to reclaim the moral authority of government, marrying "rights" and "responsibilities."
With the cooperation of more than fifty people intimately involved in the process - including the president himself - Waldman captures in vivid detail (and surprising humor) the struggle to revamp the college loan system and create the program now known as AmeriCorps. Because he was allowed to sit in on scores of private meetings, Waldman provides an unprecedented inside portrait of how Washington really works, one that is essential reading for even casual students of politics, economics, and history. For Americans who are interested in service or in an affordable college education, The Bill shows what happens when a policy designed to tap the best impulses of American citizens collides with a Washington culture that brings out their worst.

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THE BILL: How the Adventures of Clinton's National Service Bill Reveal What Is Corrupt, Comic, Cynical, and Noble About Washington

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A nifty case study of the tangled trail—from policy idea to law—of the bill that established the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, the program known as AmeriCorps. Waldman, a ... Read full review

The bill: how the adventures of Clinton's National Service bill reveal what is corrupt, comic, cynical, and noble, about Washington

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Despite the pretentious claims made by the title, this is a fine and accessible case study of the legislative process. Journalist Waldman was given the opportunity by his employer, Newsweek, to cover ... Read full review


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Steven Waldman is co-founder, CEO, and editor in chief of, the largest faith and spirituality website. Previously, Waldman was the national editor of "U.S. News & World Report "and a national correspondent for "Newsweek," His writings have also appeared in "The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, The Washington Monthly, National Review," and elsewhere. He appears frequently on television and radio to discuss religion and politics. He is also the author of "The Bill," a book about the creation of AmeriCorps. Waldman lives in New York with his wife, the writer Amy Cunningham, and their children, Joseph and Gordon.

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