After years of hyperbolic promises of “reinventing government,” the Clinton administration appears ready to make good on its pledge.

At the recent Senate tobacco hearing, various senators came forward to defend the attempt to circumvent Congress in dealing with tobacco issues. It appears that some members in “the world’s most deliberative body” now prefer less when it comes to tobacco. Unable to move tobacco legislation in the face congressional opposition, these members called for a type of constitutional end-run. With the cooperation of the courts, it was hoped that sweeping changes could be without congressional involvement.

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