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WASHINGTON - President
Clinton will unofficially launch his cam-
paign for re-election tomorrow in a
State of the Union address sprinkled
with initiatives to assuage middle-class
anxieties, but primarily structured as an
upbeat summoning of Americans to
meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Clinton, who does not plan to formally
announce his candidacy until spring, will
forgo any urge to
write another parti-
san chapter in the
continuing saga of
federal budget poli-
tics, his aides say.
"This will not be his
531st press confer-
ence on the budget,"
said one adviser.
Instead, the Presi-
dent will lay out to a Clinton
prime-time TV au-
dience broader, communitarian themes
and paint a portrait of America entering
the new century in an "age ofpossibili-
ties" its citizens must step forward to
In a nod to the buoyant optimism of
former President Reagan, Clinton has
told his aides - and the legions of
political theorists, philosophers and
political scientists with whom Clinton
has communed in preparing the speech
- that he wants an upbeat assessment
of the state of the union. But the Presi-
dent wants to blend the upbeat by chl-
lenging different segments of America
to do their part to move forward a coun-
try with unlimited possibilities.
It's always risky predicting what
Clinton might say in a major address -
the President has a way of reworking and
ad-libbing that can change the whole
thrust - and it's equally risky predict-
ing how long a Clinton speech might be.
White House press secretary Michael
McCurry, with almost a straight face,
said last week that the President hoped
to conclude his 9 p.m. address by the
time "Nightline"begins at 11:35. Com-
munications director Don Baer said the
speech would be about as long as the
first half of the Super Bowl, which
means it's not going to be short.
The election-year State of the Union
is considered one of a President's more
important moments, and an unrivaled
tool to allow him to set the broad themes
for the campaign to follow. For recent
Presidents, it has invariably been pre-
ceded or quickly followed by a formal
Jimmy Carter, Reagan and George Bush
all staged re-election announcements by
the end of January or February.
Clinton may wait until April to give
himselfanothermoment on thenational
stage to outline his vision for a second
But the speech tomorrow will be a
central moment, and one the President
and his advisers are intent on exploit-
ing. Political scientists -and many in
the Clinton White Hlouse - consider
Reagan's 1984 re-election year State of
the Union a classic of the genre.
Its theme was "America Is Back."the
challenge it presented was to secure
American values at home and peace
abroad, and its themes became the cen-
tral message of the presidential cam-
paign to follow. A week afterthe speech,
Reagan announced for re-election, and
the nation was awash in gauzy "Morn-
ing Again in America" television ads.
Bush's 1992 State of the Union per-
formance, by contrast, is cited by
Clintonites as a wasted opportunity.
Under sharp attack for turning a blind
eye to the economic problems and deep
anxieties ofthe middle class, Bush spent
two months promising to lay out his
solutions in his State of the Union and
then used his famous Persian Gulf War
line, "This will not stand," to assert he
would use a second term to take on the
stalled economy. But he offered noth-
ing new on how he would do it.
Howard University names Powell trustee
WASHINGTON - Howard University has named retired Gen. Colin Power
to its board of trustees.
The appointment, announced Saturday, was a coup for Howard, one of the
nation's best known historically black schools. Since deciding against running for
the U.S. presidency, Powell has accepted'only a few of the dozens of offers of
board appointments from schools, foundations and businesses.
Powell also has agreed to serve on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of
America and the Children's Hearth Fund, a group that cares for homeless andpo
"I look forward to working with (university) President Pat Swygert as he builds
upon Howard's great legacy among historically black colleges and universities, as
well as its legacy as one of the leading universities in the nation," Powell said in
Howard also named Dennis F. Hightower, president of Walt Disney Television
& Telecommunications, to its board Saturday. Hightower is a Howard alum.
agencies next Saturday. But they
have not firmly decided exactly how
to avoid it.
House Republicans seem to behav-
ing second thoughts about a strategy
their leaders have been touting in
recent weeks - targeted appropria-
tions that provide full-year funding
only for selected programs that the
Instead, Republican leaders are pre-
paring a measure to keep the govern-
ment funded for 30 days - but with
some programs singled out for elimi-
nation, according to Barry Jackson,
chief of staffof the House Republican
Conference. "It looks like we're mov-
ing away from the targeted appropria-
tions approach," said another senior
House GOP aide. If they can get the
Hawaii may legalize
HONOLULU - A thorny issue fac-
ing Hawaii's reluctant Legislature could
affect all 50 states: whether to allow
men to marry men, women to marry
Prodded by a special commission's
5-2 vote last month urging legalization
of gay marriage, Hawaii's lawmakers
- whojust over a year ago voted to ban
same-sex unions - face fresh debate
on the question in this election year.
Complex issues like this take time,
said Senate President Norman
Mizuguchi. He also said the Legisla-
ture was more likely to consider the
commission's secondary recommenda-
tion -- to devise a comprehensive do-
mestic partnership law.
This also seems to be the path fa-
vored by Gov. Ben Cayetano, who ap-
pointed the seven members of the Com-
mission on Sexual Orientation and the
Law last August.
Cayetano last week suggested the
state should establish legal rights and
obligations for domestic partners of the
same or opposite sexes. Weddings
would be religious matters, he said, and
the government should quit the busi-
ness of issuing marriage licenses alto-
"The institution of marriage should
be left to the church," Cayetano said,
"The government needs to explore its
role in marriages ... (and) should not be
in the role of sanctifying marriaga
That's when they run into problems."
faces hnging in Del:
SMYRNA, Del. - If Billy Bailey
were being put to death this week by
lethal injection, his execution might be
noted only for coming nearly 17 years
after he shotgunned an 80-year-old
farmer in the face and shot the farmer*
wife in the back.
But Bailey will be hanged between
12:01 and 3 a.m. Thursday. And the
prospect ofthe career criminal's hooded
body dropping through the trap door oif
the gallows, which has not been used
fora half-century in Delaware and used
only twice in the nation since 1965, ha§
returned a queasy element of drama tO
legal executions, which in many states
have grown routine.
"I always thought hanging was ju
absolutely grotesque," said Roger Roy,
the state lawmaker whose bill made
lethal injection Delaware's official
means of execution in 1986-six years
after Bailey was sentenced to hang.
Bailey, 49, declined to exercise the
option of lethal injection that state law
provided prisoners condemned under
the earlier law.
tant early primaries and to allow mem-
bers of Congress to cover their own
political bases back home.
When budget talks between the
White House and congressional lead-
ers broke off Wednesday, Republi-
cans suggested they would be avail-
able to resume negotiations last night
-but only if Clinton offered conces-
sions that gave them reason to meet.
White House officials said staff-level
contacts continued, but there were no
signs that a renewal of talks was in
GOP struggles with Iowa
abortion issues, questions
Los Angeles Times
DAVENPORT, Iowa - After
months of controversy and a conten-
tious vote, last week Davenport, Iowa,
becametheonlycityin the United States
to restrict abortion within its narrow
In the conservative Hawkeye State,
access to abortion has dropped as the
strength of religious conservatives has
risen. At the same time, it is here that
the nation is watching the Republicans
who would be President court Iowa
voters by arguing over who would best
protect the rights of the "preborn."
The right, which is the engine that
drives the primary process, is pressing
hard for promises that the party's nomi-
nee will do everything in his power to
outlaw abortion. But nationwide, many
more voters would simply like the issue
to go away.
Even in Iowa, where religious con-
servatives make up 40 percent of the
Republican Party, nearly half of the
voters surveyed in a recent statewide
poll said they wish that the candidates
would spend less time talking about
abortion and more time talking about
crime, education and welfare reform.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Win-
ning 85 percent of the vote, Yasser
Arafat emerged yesterday from the first
Palestinian election with a resounding
mandate to complete peace with Israel
and lead his people to independence.
Arafat loyalists will also control the
newly elected 88-member Palestinian
parliament, though hemay have to share
some power with uprising activists,
outspoken women and other indepen-
dents who until now were shut out of
At least 50 of the legislators were
members of Arafat's Fatah faction, in-
cluding 10 who had served in his ap-
pointed interim Cabinet, according to
unofficial results released Sunday night.
Official results were expected Monday.
Despite the historic event, the mood
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip was
subdued yesterday as Palestinians be-
gan to observe the Muslim holy month
of Ramadan with dawn-to-dusk fast-
Winners postponed celebrations un-
til after the "iftar," the festive meal that
breaks the fast after sundown.
Arafat will convene the legislature
for the first time after Ramadan ends,
said spokesman Nabil Abu Irdeineh.
That date was not yet set.
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Barbara Bell (right) leads demonstrators outside Foundry United Methodist Church
in Washington where they gathered yesterday to pray for President Clinton's
repentance for his support of abortion. Today marks another anniversary of the
Supreme Court ruling that made most abortions legal.
MOSCOW - With practically ev-
ery move he has made this year, Presi-
dent Boris Yeltsin has distanced him-
self from the reformist principles that
his government had championed and
has embraced the agenda of his Com-
munist and nationalist opponents.
He has purged the last prominent
reformers and replaced them with hard-
liners, opted fora bloody frontal assau
rather than negotiations to end a h
tage crisis and warned ofa U.S. military
threat to justify a stronger security alli-
ance among former Soviet republics,
The Russian leader's attempt to re-
tool his image comes five months be-
fore presidential elections in which he
is likely to seek a second term. His
strategy is clear: By attacking the un-
popular policies that have defined his
own presidency, he hopes to accommo-
date and outflank his opponents.
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"Children work as an economic neces-
sity. The fact that they should do this says
a lot about this culture,"said Buirski, who
published a book on her four years of
travel across America with migrant worker
families."These people are living in pov-
erty because they work."
Mary Assenmacher, a second-year
Nursing student, said the presentations
changed her outlook on certain issues.
"This is giving me a perspective out-
sidethe University," Assenmachersaid.
"Now what I'm concerned about is what
can I do as a student."
Toan Leung, a Rackham student who
volunteered at his first Medstart Con-
ference, said he was impressed by the
"I was involved with a lot of projects
my undergraduate years; this is by far
the most organized," Leung said. "I
definitely want to be here next year."
Justin Johnson, who drove 3 1/2 hours
with a group of students from the Uni-
versity of Notre Dame, said, "I already
volunteer in tutoring children. It makes
mc appreciate what I do and if possible
take another step."
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students of color feel on this campus
and what the administration actually
tries to implement through these pro-
grams," he said.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen A. Hartford said she thinks
the University has a tremendous com-
mitment of time and energy to students
of color and that she is willing to meet
with the Alliance.
"Perhaps we're not doing the right
things," Hartford said.
Hartford was unable to attend the press
conference because she was at a meeting
of the University Board of Regents.
Both John Matlock, director of the
Office of Academic and Multicultural
initiatives, and Harrison have also ex-
pressed interest in meeting with the
The Alliance also demands an in-
crease in services to student of color
organizations, Native American repre-
sentation in OAM I, guaranteed funding
for student of color organizations and
the creation of Latino/a American and
Asian American studies departments.
"All for one - we're like the four
musketeers. If we're going to have one
representative we're going to have
four," Steele said.
"This is multiculturalism in action,"
said Wayne Wolbert, co-chair of
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