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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

First Lady's Meetings

WASHINGTON () -- Fearing embarrassing comparisons to Nancy Reagan consulting an astrologer, the White House is portraying Hillary Rodham Clinton's meetings with a spiritual adviser as harmless brainstorming for her book.

Mrs. Clinton met with Jean Houston from late 1994 until March, according to a new book that says the adviser led the first lady through imaginary conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt and Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi.

The consultations with Houston and an associate, Mary Catherine Bateson, were described in "The Choice," by journalist Bob Woodward, an assistant managing editor at The Washington Post. The book was excerpted at length in Sunday editions of the Post and in the upcoming issue of Newsweek magazine.