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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 28, 1995 - 13

GOP faces tough battles
in last weeks of 'Contract'

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - House Re-
publicans take on the most trouble-
some parts of their "Contract With
America" as they begin the last two
weeks before their self-imposed 100-
day deadline for action on their cam-
paign promises.
Not only do House leaders have to
deal with dissension within their ranks
over terms limits and tax cuts, but
they face a balky and at times rebel-
lious Senate that has ignored, rejected
or rewritten key parts of the contract.
Senate Democratic Leader Tho-
mas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) reflected
the Senate's air of genteel disdain
towards the House and by recalling
the reaction of a Native American
tribal leader to a Daschle speech:
"Much thunder, no rain."
While few Congresses have started
with such a blitz of activity, it remains
unclear how much of the House's
proposals will make it through the
legislative process and whether those
that do are enough to satisfy voters'
demands for change.
It looks like the House will meet a
100-day deadline to complete the 10-
point contract next week-with seven
days to spare. This week the House
took the luxury of a three-day week,
compared to the five days customary
most of this year.
A constitutional amendment to
limit congressional terms, one of
the most popular provisions of the
GOP contract, is likely to become
the first one defeated when the
House votes on four versions to-

morrow. None commands anywhere
near the two-thirds majority needed.
Republicans nonetheless hope vot-
ers give them political credit for the
first House vote on term limits and
strong GOP support for automati-
cally rotating congressional mem-
bership.
Floor action was delayed two
weeks to allow term limits activists to
turn up public pressure. Rep. Bob
Inglis (R-S.C.), a leading term limits
supporter, said activists had targeted
lawmakers from 22 states that have
approved term limits, such as Repub-
lican Conference Chairman John
Boehner of Ohio, the only public con-
vert so far.
"At least 80 percent of Republi-
cans will support term limits of some
kind. If we get half the Democrats,
we'll pass term limits," Boehner said.
Democrats count fewer than 30 sup-
porters out of 204 House Democrats.
Surprisingly, a package of tax cuts
has produced more dissension among

House Republicans than any other
contract item.
About 100 GOP lawmakers has
proposed to target a $500 per child tax
credit more narrowly, with benefits
extending to families earning $95,000
instead of the contract's $200,000.
"We will be more effective in win-
ning the equity argument if we focus
the cuts," Rep. Rick Lazio (R-N.Y.)
said.
About 40 GOP moderates have
joined Democratic conservatives in ar-
guing that the entire tax package should
be contingent on Congress passing a
certifiable plan to balance the budget in
seven years. In the Senate, Finance
Committee Chairman Bob Packwood
(R-Ore.) and other Republican moder-
ates have insisted tax cuts be delayed
until Congress completes action this
summer on budget cuts.
Senators of both parties are sug-
gesting major modifications might be
in store for the welfare overhaul bill
the House approved last week.

AP PHOTO
O.J. Simpson stands to leave the courtoom yesterday after proceedings In his double-murder trial.
'Kaclin called hostilewins

Newsday
LOS ANGELES - Brian "Kato"
Kaelin, under fire for days by prosecutor
Marcia Clark for what she believes is his
attempttoprotectO.J.Simpson, yesterday
was declared a hostile witness.
The decision by Superior Court
Judge Lance A. Ito allowed Clark to
'increase the pressure she has been ex-
erting on the funky would-be actor to
say that Simpson's demeanor last June
12- the day he is accused of murder-
ing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson
and her friend Ronald Goldman - was

more agitated than he has testified.
Under court rules, Clark could
impeach Kaelin's credibility and ask
him leading questions once he was
declared a hostile witness.
Kaelin said he did not see Simpson
between 9:35 and 11 p.m. that evening,
a period that the prosecution con-
tends gave Simpson ample time to
commit the murders and return home
in time to catch a limousine to take
him to the airport for a trip to Chi-
cago. He testified that at about 10:45
that night, he heard three loud thumps

on the wall to his room.
But he has seemed reluctant to put
Simpson in a bad light in terms of his
demeanor that day or his relationship
with his children or his ex-wife.
In fact, during his four days on the
witness stand, Kaelin has changed his
testimony several times about
Simpson's demeanor that day depend-
ing on who has been questioning him
- Clark or defense attorney Robert
Shapiro - but Clark has been unable
to get him to say that Simpson was
extremely upset or "frazzled."

New imagery helps track Earth's metabolism

Los Angeles Times
The Earth is a much more com-
plex organism than either the Sun or
Venus, which makes studying it all
the more difficult. The sun is com-
posed primarily of hydrogen and he-
lium. The Earth contains at least 22
elements in significant amounts and
in a bewildering variety of forms.
Venus has no running water or oceans
omuddy up features. On Earth, plants,
insects, animals and micro-organisms
continuously metabolize elements in

V .IL.

complex webs that are far from un-
derstood.
Because everything is interrelated
on Earth, it can be difficult to disen-
tangle causes and effects. Everything
is changing: as the Earth turns from
day to night, it breathes oxygen and
carbon dioxide in global respiratory
rhythms; when the continents shift,
they can take ocean sediments and
deposit'them on snowcapped peaks;
as a rain forest digests sunlight and
minerals, it feeds them to birds that

spread seeds; when a city metabo-
lizes rubber and oil and hot dogs, it
regurgitates pollutants that linger in
the sky.
"There are connections between
ecosystems that (are) entirely unre-
lated," said Charles Kennil, head of a
new NASA study project called Mis-
sion To Planet Earth, or MTPE.
"When there's a wind storm on the
Sahara, minerals get into the upper
atmosphere and may fertilize the
rainforest in Brazil. Plus, we've got

this complicating factor on the sur-
face of the earth called people."
Much of the technology necessary
to track these complicated interplays
already exists. For nearly 20 years
now, Landsat satellites have been tak-
ing pictures of Earth that have virtu-
ally replaced other kinds of data used
for mapping topology and mineral
resources. Weather satellites hover-
ing over the Atlantic and Pacific have
made predicting storms and heat
waves far more reliable.

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