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Committee OKs weaker term limits
WASHINGTON - Moving on one of the most divisive issues on the
Republicans' legislative agenda, the House Judiciary Committee yesterday
approved a constitutional amendment to set a 12-year limit on the terms of
members of Congress, after rejecting more stringent alternatives.
But despite its approval, the committee's debate on the issue was a window
into GOP disagreements that may help doom the amendment when it reaches
the full House in mid-March.
In an uncharacteristic breakdown of Republican party unity, the panel
unexpectedly refused to send an alternative to the House that would have
limited House members to six years. The panel watered down the 12-year term
limit plan outlined in the "Contract With America." Instead of a lifetime limit
of 12 years, the committee voted to allow lawmakers who had hit the 12-year
cap to return to Congress after leaving office for as little as one term.
Unlike other elements of the Republicans' campaign manifesto, the
contract's term limits are opposed by many senior GOP lawmakers, including
some members of the party leadership. Proponents face an uphill fight to win
the 290 votes needed to approve the constitutional amendment.
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Sobchak said;"Chechnya lived for
over 100 years within the bounds of
Russia fairly peacefully."
Sobchak said there may be a le-
gal possibility of a Chechen seces-
sion. "For Russia, it won't be a trag-
edy to lose Chechnya. Russia can
survive without Chechnya. Can
Chechnya survive without Russia?"
He said secession would initiate the
expulsion of all illegal Chechen resi-
dents currently in Russia.
Sobchak said his solution would be
to clear out the airspace above Chechnya
with military force afteran initial warn-
ing. "Then the mercenaries would not
be there, and it would not harm the
peaceful population ofChechnya," he
Much of the audience applauded
repeatedly as Sobchak responded to
the questions that one attendee deemed
Kate DeMeester, an LSA sopho-
more and DeRoy participant, said, "I
thought the question-and-answer pe-
riod was very exciting. I thought it was
sad, though, that the questions were
phrased in such a way that put him on
the defensive and did not allow for an
open dialogue like we had at the semi-
LOS ANGELES - An investiga-
tor "handed a script" to a key O.J.
Simpson witness and "coached" her
through an interview, an incensed
prosecutor contended yesterday after
listening to a tape-recording belat-
edly handed over by the defense.
Deputy District Attorney Marcia
Clark also said the interview, taped
July 29, was inconsistent with a sec-
ond statement Rosa Lopez gave the
defense Aug. 18.
"I have never heard anything like
it," Clark said after listening to the
interview in Superior Court Judge
Lance Ito's chambers. "I have never
heard a witness basically coached and
told what to say through every bend
The 15- to 20-minute interview of
Lopez, a maid for Simpson's next-
door neighbors, was conducted by
defense investigator William Pavelic.
In it, according to Clark, Lopez never
mentions seeing Simpson's white
Bronco parked in the street outside
his estate shortly after 10 p.m.
She did say in the interview, how-
ever, that she had seen the Bronco
earlier that night. The dispute over the
interview delayed resumption of
Lopez's videotaped testimony.
Clinton works to
extend nuclear treaty
WASHINGTON - The Clinton
administration has launched a last-
ditch campaign to overcome objec-
tions of a group of about 90 develop-
ing nations and win a permanent ex-
tension of the key global treaty that
restricts the spread of nuclear arms.
Their stance threatens a proposA
by the Clinton administration for un-
conditional, indefinite renewal of the
25-year-old nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty, up for review at a conference
in New York in seven weeks.
Many developing countries, in-
cluding Egypt and Mexico, object
to unconditional extension of the
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future congressional tax and budget
But even after Dole and other GOP
leaders relented and the amendment
was revised to satisfy Nunn and one
other waffling Democrat, Sen. John
Breaux of LouisianaRepublican vote
counters still came up one vote shy of
the two-thirds majority.
In the end, itcame down to whether
Republicans could win over the sup-
port of one or both of the Democrats
from North Dakota. While the packed
Senate chamber buzzed with anticipa-
tion during a half-hour quorum call
yesterday evening, Conrad moved back
and forth between the Republican and
Democratic cloakrooms, conferring
with each side.
Conrad had vowed to oppose the
constitutional amendment unless itwere
rewritten to guarantee that the budget
would not be balanced by using the
Social Security trust fund. He also has
advocated otherchanges, including lan-
guage to assure that Congress had some
flexibility in responding to economic
Conrad, Dorgan, Kentucky Sen.
Wendell H. Ford and other Democratic
holdouts had rejected a pledge from
Dole and House SpeakerNewtGingrich
(R-Ga.) that Congress would pass the
Social Security guarantee in later legis-
Hatch said last night that for a while
it appeared Republicans could reach
agreement with Conrad on the Social
Security issue, but thattalks broke down
when Conrad said he also wanted an
exclusion for economic emergencies.
Republicans said they hoped to pick up
the support of Dorgan if Conrad agreed
to support the amendment.
Last night's dramatic developments
capped five weeks of heated debate
and political maneuvering. The House
overwhelmingly approved the consti-
tutional amendment in late January,
300 to 132.
While the overwhelming support
in the House reflected the broad popu-
lar appeal of the measure in the ab-
stract, Senate Democrats, who hold the
balance of power in passing or defeat-
ing it, have played on voter concerns
that Social Security, Medicare and other
politically sensitive programs would
become vulnerable if the amendment
were adopted. Others warned that it
would dangerously alter the balance of
power in Washington, hamstringing
Congress in times of economic crisis
and giving the president the upperhand
in controlling spending.
"The amendment is so full of flaws,
so reflective of flabby thinking, so arro-
gant in its disregard for the traditional
checks and balances and separation of
powers that its consequences could be
nothing short of calamity," Byrd said.
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in one of three unsolved assassina- oil shipment
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past year. The Attorney General's StaffChairm
Office scheduled an evening news said yesterda
conference on the case, but it was not In additi
immediately clear what Raul Salinas' spotted Iran
connection was to the killing. ward posi
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firmed local news reports that Tehran by th
Salinas, 48, was arrested yester- use them toc
day afternoon. from the 550
Radio Red said federal police had eight Gulf su
arrested him in connection with the "All of t1
September 1994 slaying of Jose Fran- conclusions
cisco Ruiz Massieu, No. 2 man in the want to hav
ruling Institutional Revolutionary dict the ship
Party, known as the PRI. of Hormuz,
Investigators had been puzzled ing a break
by the assassination, and in the past ers.
were unable to come up with a mo- "What th
tive. Raul Salinas is the brother of very much."
former President Carlos Salinas de -f
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were brothers-in-law of
on key islands
NGTON - Iran has de-
k anti-aircraft missiles on
ands around the Strait of
potential choke point for
s through the Persian Gulf,
linton and Joint Chiefs of
ian Gen. John Shalikashvili
on, U.S. intelligence had
moving artillery into for*
tions on the islands,
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system originally sold to
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cut off traffic bound to or
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hat can lead you to lots of
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pping traffic in the Straits
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fast meeting with report-
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