Ten years ago: Saying, “The people have decided,” Gary Hart withdrew a second time from the race for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.

Five years ago: Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be attorney general. North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in a harsh rebuff of Western demands to open suspected nuclear weapons development sites for inspection.

One year ago: In a startling turnaround, Senate Republicans agreed to a broader investigation of campaign financing that would include a look at huge “soft money” donations. Rock star Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.


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