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The Michigan Doily-Sunday, January 27, 1980-Page 7

Congress behina

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
'Carter, his hand strengthened by crises
abroad and political gains at home, is
likely to get more from Congress in the
coming months than he has at any time
before, congressional leaders say.
And, according to key Democrats, the
president is combining his surge in
popularity with a new political
toughness they have not seen since he
took office.
"He's been much more willing to ap-
preciate he's a politician, that it's not
an immoral occupation, that there's
nothing wrong with inviting people to
the White House," said Rep. John
Brademas of Indiana, the House
Democratic whip.
HOUSE AND Senate leaders are in
broad agreement that Carter will get
most of what he wants from Congress in
the foreign policy arena.
This, they say, is a direct and predic-
table result of the Soviet thrust into
Afghanistan and U.S. outrage at the
continued holding of American
hostages in Iran.
Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd,
(D-W. Va.), has already labeled the
current session a "defense-minded"
Administration proposals for rein-
statement of standby draft registration
and for increases in defense spending
have already mustered wide support in
THE DAY after Carter outlined this

new hard-line foreign policy in his State
of the Union address last week, the
House had passed by a wide margin a
resolution supporting his proposed
boycott of the summer Olympics in
Moscow if Soviet troops are not with-
drawn from Afghanistan by Feb. 20.
The measure comes up in the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee
tomorrow and is expected to get speedy
attention by the full Senate. In another
gesture of support for Carter's new
foreign policy and in a clear jab at the
Soviet Union, the House also rushed
through a bill to give preferential trade
treatment to the People's Republic of
The votes on both bills showed a top-
sy-turvy Congress in which traditional
political labels did not seem to mean
much. Right-wing conservatives voted
for trade with what some of them are
still calling "Red" China and
traditional liberals voted to boycott the
"THERE IS a mood out there that
we've got to be prepared -for conven-
tional skirmishes, that we can't stop
World War III with what we've got
now," says House Speaker Thomas
O'Neill (D-Mass.). He cited beavy sup-
port for Carter's proposal to bring back
military registration.
To do so, the House leader said, would
only be "following the will of America."
Meanwhile, Carter has also been
developing his abilities for dealing with

British anti-n ukes
British demonstrators gathered at London's Primrose Hill Fields yesterday to protest plans to transport nuclear
waste by railroad through densely populated southern lengland.
k K Viitcreates tension

IDABEL, Okla. (AP) - State police
and investigative agents prowled the
streets of this troubled town yesterday
after a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader
scheduled a visit to coincide with the
funeral of a slain black youth;
It was the slaying of 15-year-old
Henry Lee Johnson behind a whites-
only nightclub that sparked a riot last
Sunday that left two dead, four woun-
ded and about $100,000 worth of proper-

ty damage.
"Things are out of hand here, it's not
over," Harry S. Costilow, president of
the Idabel chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP), said yester-
Bill Wilkinson, 37, of Denham
Springs, La., the imperial wizard of the
Invisible Empire KKK, said he planned
to meet privately with local officials but

Soviet soldier killed
by snipers in Kabul

(Continued from Page 1)
also reported increased talk in the
capital's markets and even government
offices that the new leadership - the
third Soviet-supported government in
22 months - will not last long..
"It is true that the Afghans are
resi ent
. in Iran
(Continued from Page 1)
Sadr was leading Friday's elections to
become Iran's first president by a
margin of more than 5-to-1 over his
closest rival, Culture Minister and
clergy candidate Hassan Habibi.
As of 11:30 a.m. EST, Bani-Sadr had
captured some 80 per cent of the vote in
13 cities and had more than five million
votes to Habibi's 1.1 million, the radio
said. No other rival in the race, in-
cluding Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghot-
bzadeh, even came close.
Although Tehran Radio said that final
results were not expected until
tomorrow, it appeared that Bani-Sadr,
a relative moderate and a close con-
fidant of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,
was assured of victory..
Khomeini himself spent another day
0 recuperating from heart trouble in a
Tehran hospital, where the radio said
he was examined Saturday by two
heart specialists flown in from Lausan-
-ne, Switzerland.
For the first time, one of his Iranian
. physicians' gave a Paris newspaper a
detailed account of the 79-year-old
leader's health.
'"Contrary to what has been written in
the foreign press, Khomeini did not suf-
fer a heart attack," cardiologist Rachid
Massumi told the newspaper Le Monde.
"He suffered a coronary insufficiency
which was first manifested 10 days ago,
provoking a potentially dangerous
Massumi said Khomeini was
: recovering well and that his "morale is
excellent. I only reproach him for wan-
:ting to read too many newspapers and
for his impatience for wanting to leave
the hospital."
* For all the fanfare associated with
the first presidential elections in
Iranian history, the job itself will carry
with it only as much power as Khomeini
chooses to give the man who fills it.
Despite Bani-Sadr's apparent con-
fidence that he will be ahle to solve the
embassy crisis, the decision to free the
hostages still rests with Khomeini, who
has sided with the embassy militants in
the past.

terrible rumor-mongers and have said
the same about every new government
since 1973," a Western diplomat said.
"But the fact is that they have always
been right."
Int Kabul, witnesses said that at least
one and possibly two Soviet soldiers
were killed by sniper fire Friday - the
first confirmed attack against Soviet
troops inside the snowboudn Afghan
EYEWITNESSES said the incident
occurred in Kabul's northwestern Par-
wan district early Friday afternoon.
They said three Soviet soldiers were
getting out of their jeep, apparently to
buy cigarettes, when several shots rang
One witness said he saw two of the
soldiers fall to the ground, hit. A
military ambulance took one of them
away on a stretcher and his condition
was not immediately known. The other,
he said, lay on the ground dead.
Nearly 10 million pesons served in
the armed forces during the 11-year
Vietnam era which began Aug. 5, 1964.
Some 583,000 veterans joined the
military after the official end of that
conflict, May 7, 1975.

planned no public appearances.
Meanwhile, the funeral for Johnson
was being held at a church about four
miles outside town. Officials said local
law officers would be on hand to
prevent any disruption.
"We do not want to be responsible for
causing any kind of race riots or any
kind of bloodshed," said John Clary, 20,
of Moore, the local- kleagle - state
leader - of the KKK. "We're not going
down there to Idabel flapping Con-
federate flags and wearing robes."
Yesterday the town was peaceful.
"It looks like a fairly normal Satur-
day morning," said Mayor Rex Helms,
noting shoppers on the sidewalks of the
city's business district.
However, agents of the Oklahoma
State Bureau of Investigation with hand
radios, state troopers and dozens of
reporters were on the streets.
Locally assigned officers were han-
dling the patrol duties since the with-
drawal Tuesday of the last of about 200
law officers called to the riot scene.
Klan officials planned to meet
secretly with an unidentified city of-
ficial to discuss "proper measures" to
take in the event of future racial strife
in the southeastern Oklahoma com-
munity of about 7,000. people, Clary
A spokesman for the McCurtain
County sheriff's office said officers had
received reports of threats against
local blacks as late as Saturday mor-
ning. However, no violence was -repor-
Wade Watts, president of the
Oklahoma NAACP, urged blacks in the
city "not to dignify Wilkinson's visit by
being enticed into subversive action."
Two people, a white auxiliary deputy
and a black resident of a nearby town,
were killed and four people were woun-
ded in gunfire that erupted last Sunday
night following Johnson's death the
night before.
On Monday, first-degree murder
charges were filed against Walter An-
thony DeShazo, 29, of Horatio, Ark., in
connection with Johnson's death.


Congress, leaders say.
DEMOCRATIC leaders claim Carter
has been inviting members to the White
House more often and promising im-
portant political favors - or
threatening to withhold them - to
achieve what he wants. This is an exer-
cise in political hardball that Capitol
Hill leaders said Carter did not engage
in much before.
"I could rattle off a whole list of
things - but I won't - which have hap-
pened at the White House which wil be
politically helpful to the re-nomination
of President Carter," Brademas said.
"I won't say there's a new Jimmiy
Carter - that's journalese," said the
Democratic whip. "He's the same man
and he must have been a good politician
to get himself elected president of the
United States. But I think he's stronger
here, even as he is in the country." .
Carter's victory last week in, the
Democratic caucuses in Iowa and his
handling of the crises in Iran ald
Afghanistan cannot help but increase
Carter's effectiveness in Congress.
"The' perception of Carter hs
changed," said Rep. Toby Moffett, (J?-
Conn.), chairman of a Government
Operations subcommittee and a key
legislator on energy issues.
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