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DEMS DOWNFALL WAS IMMINENT
year in review
WASHINGTON (AP)-As Ameri-
cans approached Labor Day 1979, the
signs of discontent that would devastate
the Demociats in 1980 already were
The price of gasoline seemed to jump
another nickel a gallon every time the
family car needed another fill-up. Mon-
ths of chaos in once-friendly Iran raised
the spectre of even higher prices and
possibly a return to gasoline lines.
President Carter took an August
vacation trip down the Mississippi
River on the Delta Queen. During the
first 48 hours the river boat made 11
(AP)- ourteen hundred students from
prestigious Williams College yesterday
jammed into a campus meeting called
in hopes of cooling racial tensions
brought about by a Halloween weekend
cross-burning and a series of racial
"This is the first time there has been
a concerted effort to get some sort of
black-white discussion going," said
Darrell McWhorter of Cincinnati, a
black who is student government
"IT (THE cross-burning) had a silver
stops and the president told cheering
crowds-at 3 a.m. on one oc-
casion-that it was time to end the
nation's dependence on foreign oil and
to tax the profits oil companies would
reap from the lifting of federal price
THE PRESIDENT was in political trou-
ble and he knew it.Polls were bad and they
were going to get worse. Carter tended
to agree with aide Hamilton Jordan
that Edward Kennedy, despite his
denial, would seek the 1980 Democratic
Carter was certain the polls would
change. All that was needed-were a few
victories; especially on Capitol Hill,
and a big one looked certain for the
early fall when the Senate would ap-
prove the SALT II treaty. The op-
position to the arms control agreement
was on the run.
Congress went on vacation for the
month of August. It was a good time for
Kennedy to get away from Washington
and evaluate the risks of challenging
the incumbent president.
IN A WAY, there seemed little to
evaluate. Carter was a political cripple.
Liberal Democrats in Congress openly
feared that if Carter ran for re-election
in 1980, he would drag scores of other
party candidates down to defeat. Ken-
nedy was their only hope.
The Massachusetts senator was in-
clined to agree. But challenging an in-
cumbent president was bound to be a
bitter fight that could split the party and
let the Republicans walk into the White
House in 1981.
Kennedy talked to his family and
some of his closest advisers. Unless
some compelling reason came up for
lining," said Geoff Mamlet, a
sophomore from Santa Barbara, Calif.
"I'm sorry it took such a shocking thing
to get this discussion started, but the
discussion was very positive."
And Ellen Chandler, a white
sophomore from Laconia, N.H. said
some "white students had neveP really
talked with black students."
The college has increased its black
enrollment from 30 to 130 within a
WILLIAMS, WHICH dominates life in
this predominantly white town of 4,300
in the Berkshire Hills of northwestern
Massachusetts, counts among its
alumni New York Yankees owner
George Steinbrenner, Boston Mayor
Kevin White and Arthur Levitt, chair-
man of the American Stock Exchange.
The school once opened its doors only to
men, but now admits women.
A black student, John Coleman of
New York City, said recent racial in-
cidents have filled blacks with "anger
"The discussion may help people
realize that blacks have been treated
with some insensitivity," said
The talk ranged from criticism of the
college's investments in compaipies
doing business in South Africa to
threatening phone calls and letters
received by some black students and
college President John Chandler.
Acting Dean Chris Roosenraad said
the FBI was called in Saturday after
Chandler and Rev. Muhammed
Kenyatta, a black senior and
Philadelphia minister, received "very
offensive and racist" letters post-
marked from Cleveland and signed
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MEXICAN MAXIMUM BUFFET
Senate budget may be
Republican leaders pledged themselves
yesterday to cut the annual cost of run-
ning the Senate by 10 percent when they
take control in 1981.
Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee,
who will by the majority leader next
year, said that nothing would be
automaticaly exempt from the reduc-
tion, including the salaries of the
sa ys Baker
"WE EXCLUDE nothing," he told
reporters in the hallway outside his of-
fice facing the Senate chamber.
He said the GOP leaders intended "to
set an example' for trimming spending
"by starting at home." A 10 percent cut
would be "a good beginning," he said,
The cost of running Congress each
year is approximately $1 billion. Any
cost-cutting measure adopted in the
Senate would not cover House payrolls
THE SPECIFICS of the spending cut
will be decided in January when
Republicans take command of the
Senate for the first time since 1954,
Democrats control the 'outgoing
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Conservative group targets
liberals for 1982 defeats
WASUINGTON - Just one week after the election, a
conservative political action group yesterday announced
plans to target a new group of liberal senators for defeat in
The National Conservative Political Action Committee
listed 20 liberals - almost all Democrats - as potential
targets, and said the list will be narrowed in the next few
weeks, possibly to 11 targets.
Included on the list is Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.),
whose defeat "would be a rather dramatic blow to
liberalism," said John Dolan, chairman of the committee.
Sen. Don Riegle (D-Mich), is also on the list along with
Rep. Morris Udall '(D-Ariz.), Rep. Jim Wright (D-Tex.),
Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wisc.), Sen. Henry Jackson (D-
Wash.), and many others. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), is
also expected to be targeted in 1984
Iraq shops for Soviet
arms as war continues,
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's vice premier arrived in
Moscow yesterday reportedly shopping for Soviet arms.
Iran claimed to have pushed Iraqi troops back in one sector
of the oil refining center of Aadan and also asked for
clarification of a peace proposal made by non-aligned
The two oil-rich Persian Gulf nations - whose exports
have been halted by the war - reported fighting along
much of the 300-mile border front. Iran claimed it killed 80
Iraqis and Iraq said it killed 117 Iranians.
Iraqi Vice Premier Tarek Aziz arrived in Moscow on
his second visit to the Soviet Union since the war began
Sept. 22. Kuwaiti newspapers said he would be seeking ar-
ms, ammunition and spare parts under the Iraqi-Soviet
Protests mark conference
on detente, human rights
MADRID, Spain - An American pastor of Latvian
descent jammed plastic needles into his veins yesterday,
spilling blood on a Soviet flag "for all the oppressed people
of the Soviet Union" before -an astonished crowd of
diplomats attending a 35-nation conference on detente and
The Rev. Maris Kirsons of Philadelphia was seized by
police and later released without being charged.
Four unidentified Americans, 18 other foreigners and
21 Spaniards were arrested in other demonstrations coin-
ciding with the conference to review the 1975 Helsinki
agreements on human rights and detente, police said. They
were charged with disturbing the peace and staging illegal
demonstrations, police said.
Forest fires rage in
Kentucky, W. Va.
About 850 firefighters from nine states yesterday bat-
tled a 750-acre blaze in Daniel Boone National Forest and
about 75 other fires in mountainous eastern Kentucky, most
of them set by arsonists or hunters flushing game.
About 10 fires still were burning in West Virginia after a
weekend in which 150 forest fires blackened 15,000 acres. In
Kentucky, where some 20,000 acres have burned, some 60
fires were burning out of control 'in Letcher and Perry
Counties alone, according to Steve Kull, a forester at the
state Division of Forestry in Hazard, Ky.
Jury still deliberating
in KKK-Nazi trial
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jurors, in their third day of
deliberating the fate of a group of Klansmen and Nazi ac-
cused of killing five communists, yesterday reviewed
evidence presented during the 22-week trial.
The all-white jury of six men and six women began the
day viewing videotapes made by newsmen of the bloody
Nov. 3, 1979, anti-Klan rally where the communists were
killed. The jurors then asked the judge to schedule an after-
noon session for them to review some of the evidence
presented in the case.
Hurricane stalls in Gulf
MIAMI - Jeanne, the first November hurricane in the
Gulf of Mexico in 55 years, stalled in its march toward the
Louisiana coast yesterday, but oil companies took no chan-
ces and evacuated hundreds from offshore oil rigs.
At 2 p.m., the National Hurricane Center said the
hurricane was nearly stationary near latitude 24.8 north
and longitude 87.5 west or about 450 miles south-southeast
of New Orleans.
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