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Tracking the Transition in Washington

Magazine article Information Today

Tracking the Transition in Washington

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The transition of power from President George Bush to President-elect Bill Clinton is now the major news story each day. Small business, major U.S. corporations, the general population, and the international community are following the daily reports coming out of Washington, DC and Little Rock, Arkansas with intense interest. From the serious to the silly, the media reports it and their audience begs for more. But, as Ross Perot would say, if you want to know what's going on, turn to the Lexis/Nexis services.

And that's exactly what we did and found a new file called CLINTN that focuses on the transition of the Arkansas governor to the White House. The file contains domestic news accounts of the change in power in Washington from the election on November 3 at least through the inauguration next January 20.

Mead Data Central, Inc., provider of the Lexis/Nexis services, uses a computer program to select documents from existing online sources and put them in their own location on the Nexis service. These "hot files" are constructed to accommodate heavy numbers of searches of a popular subject.

The CLINTN file contains transcripts of news broadcasts from the ABC and CNN television networks, from the MacNeil Lehrer News Hour on the Public Broadcasting System and from National Public Radio. …

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