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Clinton Library Opens in Little Rock

Bill Clinton's presidential library opens in the River Market area of Little Rock, Ark., in a ceremony that includes speeches from President Bush and former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Clinton himself.

The glass-walled library jutting out over the Arkansas River is meant to echo the "bridge to the 21st century" that Clinton often evoked in his speeches calling for investment in technology and social programs.

Exhibits in the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park also touch on major events that defined Clinton's two terms in office: an economic boom and a budget surplus, as well as the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment proceedings related to the Whitewater investigation.

NPR's Mara Liasson reports on the library's opening ceremonies.

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Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.