Dec. 18 1998 3:30 AM


A libretto in search of a composer

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All of the workers


Will be sent home on furloughs.

CLINTON[speaking]: Well, wait a second--not all of them. We'll need to keep some essential personnel.

PANETTA: The Army and the Navy

Will need to stay in place.

ICKES: Also those at NASA

Who keep the shuttle up in space.

PANETTA: We'll need to keep the pilots

Flying in their planes.

CLINTON: And here at the White House

My staff should remain.

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