Retailers can thank Bill Clinton for adding a few dollars to their bottom lines in August. Because of events eerily resembling the plot of New Line's "Wag the Dog," and lots of publicity pointing this out, there was a burst of activity in rentals of the movie during its seventh week in release. In "Wag the Dog" a president's advisers "produce" a nonexistent war to divert attention from a sexual scandal. On Aug. 20, President Clinton ordered missile attacks on suspected terrorist bases ...

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