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Instead, the President offered a hand-
ful of modest proposals aimed at easing
middle-class anxieties, including a
$1,000 scholarship for the top 5 percent
of all high school graduates. Aides said
it would cost taxpayers $125 million.
He called for tax incentives for busi-
nesses that clean up abandoned proper-
ties and expansion ofa federally funded
college work-study'program to 1 mil-
lion students, up from 700,000 now.
He called for an FBI-led war against
youth gangs and for legislation protecting
workers' pensions and insuring health
care benefits for employees who change
jobs or have preexisting conditions.
Next week, Clinton is scheduled to
formally lay down a 1997 budget that cuts
$297 billion in domestic discretionary
spending over seven years, $159 billion
more than he was proposing amonth ago.
Clinton did not emphasize his fights
with Republicans over the budget.
The President reiterated his position
that the Republicans should accept an
increase in the federal debt ceiling and
agree to abalanced-budget deal that locks
in $600 billion in savings while deferring
settlement of major differences.
What Clinton did emphasize in the
budget was the human side to the gov-
ernment shutdown, in the form ofRich-
ard Dean, a Social Security Adminis-
tration employee flown to Washington
to sit in the audience and have his story
told by the President.
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton was longer and stronger than
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-
Kan.), his possible re-election oppo-
nent, as they faced off last night in
back-to-back television speeches that
were, in effect, the first debate of the
The odds favored the President, who
delivered his thoughts in the ceremo-
nial splendor that surrounds the an-
nual State of the Union address. Dole,
responding for the GOP from his flag-
bedecked Capitol office, drew the
philosophical and political differences
sharply but sounded flat and unemo-
tional as he read from the
"Dole didn't look very hot," said Tim
Hibbits, an independent pollster in Port-
land, Ore. "He seemed old and tired.
Republicans who want to beat Clinton
may not think he's the guy who can pull
a NATIONAL REPORT
3rd govt. shutdown may be coming
WASHINGTON - Republican congressional leaders searched Monday for a way
to avoid a new federal shutdown at week's end, but they showed little desire to heed
Clinton administration pleas for quick action to head off a first-ever federal default by
Eager to avoid election-year blame for the third partial closure of federal
agencies since November, top Republicans hoped for congressional passage as
early as today of legislation keeping programs functioning for perhaps anot
month. Without such a bill, dozens of agencies would once again have to p
some operations in mothballs after the close of business Friday.
The trick for Republican leaders, especially in the House, was balancing
conservatives' demands for budget slashes with a bill President Clinton would
sign. They were considering financing affected agencies at about 75 percent
of last year's levels and eliminating some minor programs whose termination
Clinton might accept.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said 12 to 15 small programs might
also be killed. GOP aides listed possibilities as the National Biological Survey,
which studies endangered species, and the Bureau of Mines, which the
administration has already shut under GOP pressure.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) delivers a televised response to
President Clinton's State of the Union address last night.
A senior official in the last three
Republican presidential campaigns,
speaking anonymously, said, "Clinton
did a great job. I think he'll get a bump
up in the polls from this." Dole, this
consultant said, "came across as having
A second Republican public relations
man called it "a pretty grim night for the
GOP. (Clinton) took a lot of our issues
and made them sound like his own."
Going into the evening, Clinton faced
a serious challenge. He would be talk-
ing to a room dominated by his political
adversaries, at a time when polls said
most Americans were disgusted by the
impasse over the budget and the federal
Intentionally or not, Clinton framed
his address in a fashion that dramatized
the partisanship of the Republican Con-
gress. On most of the applause lines
that brought Vice President Gore and
the Democrats to their feet cheering,
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
also seated behind the President, sat
with hands folded looking grim.
Judge rescinds his
order for newspaper
to surrender photos
Woman with Down
new heart, lung
SAN FRANCISCO - A woman
with Down syndrome who was ini-
tially refused a heart-lung transplant
because doctors didn't think she was
smart enough to handle the afteref-
fects underwent the desperately
needed operation yesterday.
Sandra Jensen is believedtobethe first
seriously retarded person in the United
States to receive a major transplant.
She was listed in critical but stable
condition - routine for transplant
recipients - after the five-hour op-
eration, which came after Stanford
Medical Center reversed course.
"I'm ecstatic. This is a miracle,"said
Dr. William Bronston, a state rehabilita-
tion administrator and friend who helped
lead the fight for Jensen's transplant. "The
struggle to get Sandra on the transplant
list was really a struggle to get everyone
in the country on the list."
Jensen, a high school graduate who
has worked on behalf of people with
Down syndrome, has lived on her
own for several years. She has acted
as a spokeswoman for the mentally
disabled in California and attended
President Bush's signing of the Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
The Sacramento woman had con-
genital heart problems.
O. Simpson on alil
LOS ANGELES - Nearly four
months after he walked out of court a
free man, O.J. Simpson finally was com-
pelled to account under oath for his
movements the night his former wife,
Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend,
Ronald L. Goldman, were slashed to
death outside herhome on June 12,1994.
simpson answered questions yester-
day for the second consecutive day.
hind closed doors in an attorney's
fice in a deposition for wrongful death
civil lawsuits filedby the victims' fami-
lies. Monday's session focused mainly
on events well before and after the
murders. Simpson did not testify at the
criminal trial against him, in which he
was found not guilty, and thus has never
had to explain in detail what he was
doing at the time of the slayings.
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
Students at The Minnesota Daily, the
University ofMinnesota's student news-
paper, learned yesterday they can keep
an undisclosed number of unpublished
photographs taken at a 1993 campus
rally, at least for a little while.
Hennepin County District Court
Judge John Stanoch said yesterday he
did not have the authority to order Edi-
tor in Chief Michele Ames to surrender
the photographs to law enforcement
officials while the matter is still in the
"The ruling today was the one we
hoped for," Ames said.
Hennepin County prosecutors are
seeking the photos because they may
resolve conflicting witness accounts of
an alleged assault that occurred during
the rally, which was covered and photo-
graphed by a Minnesota Daily staff
The matter was referred to Stanoch
when the prosecutors argued Monday
that the photos should be turned over to
them immediately after the Minnesota
Court of Appeals reapproved the sub-
poena for the photos last Friday in a 2-
Ames said the staff must now wait to
find out ifthe Minnesota Supreme Court
will hearthe case, which was submitted
to them on Monday.
"We could know in five minutes or
we could hear next month," Ames said.
On Monday, Ames said she would
not turn over the photos, even ifStanoch
ordered her to surrender them.
She said that turning over the photos
would keep sources from sharing infor-
mation with journalists and lead the
public to see the media as evidence
faults for prosecutors and police. She
said surrendering the photos conflicts
with press freedoms.
Ames said yesterday's decision was
a small battle and a larger issue remains
to be decided. She said she remains
optimistic about the Supreme Court's
acceptance of the case.
"We'll take our victories where we
can find them," she said.
AROUND THE V
TEL AVIV, Israel - At the start of
his trial yesterday, Yitzhak Rabin's as-
sassin admitted he fatally shot the Is-
raeli prime minister following a Tel
Aviv peace rally last fall, but said he
was not guilty of premeditated murder
because he would have been just as
happy to paralyze his victim.
Yigal Amir, a 25-year-old Jewish
law student, pointed out to the three-
judge panel in Tel Aviv District Court
that he had aimed his pistol at Rabin's
spinal cord, "at the seam of the suit,"
rather than at the prime minister's head.
"I did not mean to murder Prime Min-
ister Yitzhak Rabin, the man. I meant, as
a prime minister, to remove him from the
road," Amir said. "The goal was to stop
his political activity. My intention was to
shoot him in such a way that would pre-
vent him from serving as prime minister,
either by paralysis or, for lack of another
choice, by death."
When Judge Edmond Levy asked why
Amir had fired three times, Amir said,
"Just to make sure that I hit him."
Amir appeared to be hoping for a
manslaughter conviction, which car-
. R. L D
ries a maximum 20-year sentence rather
than the mandatory life sentence of a
premeditated murder conviction, but
his two-lawyer defense team was at
odds over the strategy.
Russian officials seelP
to end corruption
MOSCOW - To the new
parliament's overwhelming must-do
list, Russia's top cops yesterday sought
to add another urgent item: anti-corrup-
Calling corruption a threat to the
very nation, four Interior Minis i
brass urged lawmakers to pass a
punishing wayward government offi-
cials, from the traffic police officer
who takes bribes to tear up tickets to
the regional governor in cahoots with
"Even if the law is imperfect, if it is
adopted it will at least be a declaration"
that the state plans to crack down on
corruption, pleaded Maj. Gen. Nikolai
Getman, who directs the ministry's trans-
portation sector. "It is better to hayS
law with drawbacks than no law at afF'
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