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Washington Outlook: Capital Wrapup
Big Business may borrow a page from Clinton's playbook to stop Democrats' health-care bills. Some trade groups are preparing to set up a "war room" to direct lobbying. The 13 organizations, from the National Association of Manufacturers to the National Restaurant Assn., are pooling information and buying ads together. They say they'll go into the bunker if the fight gets so hot that they need instant coordination. But some lobbyists are skeptical. Reminded that Clinton favors war rooms, one quips: "Yet another reason not to do it." Meanwhile, IBM emerges as a key player. It organized 60 companies to support an ad run in 16 newspapers on Aug. 23, charging that Democratic bills will hurt employees of multistate companies.