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NATION/WORLD

GOP reassessing Forbes candidacy

rhe Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The rapid rise
of Malcolm S. "Steve" Forbes Jr. has
prompted Republican Party leaders to
reassess his presidential candidacy and
begin to consider what life might be
like for the party with him as their
nominee.
Most party leaders still question
whether Forbes can win the nomina-
tion, but the clearest sign of their new
attitude came Tuesday night at the an-
nual Saluteto Congress dinner in Wash-
ington when House Speaker Newt
Gingrich (R-Ga.) dismissed the view
that Forbes cannot be nominated as
inside-the-Beltway conventional wis-
dom.
Praising Forbes as a "genuine risk-
taker," Gingrich went on to say, "This
city, being a remarkably insular place,
is convinced Steve Forbes can't win
because he doesn't have the experi-
ence, he doesn't have the practical
background, he's not uniquely quali-
fied to be an insider."
Gingrich's comments stopped well
short of an endorsement of Forbes's
candidacy, and the speaker said noth-
ing to undermine the candidacy of
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole
(R-Kan.) the longtime GOP
frontrunner who now is scrambling
to fend off Forbes.
'Gingrich made clear yesterday he
was not taking sides Tuesday night,
suggesting he was more interested in
tweaking the conventional wisdom of
the capital.
"It's wonderful to see this city set up
rules--an outsider can't win," he told
'Yeporters. "It was hopefully an amus-
ifg speech and amusing dinner. Don't
6Verwrite that."
But Gingrich voiced publicly what
other Republicans have begun to say
privately, which is that in achieving a

NATIONAL REPORT
Panel names Nobel Peace Prize nominees
OSLO, Norway - A Chinese dissident, a 100-year-old Dane, ajailed Israeli
nuclear activist and Russian mothers against the war in Chechnya are among those
nominated for the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize.
By yesterday, the deadline for nominations, the awards committee had trot
finished counting the number of candidates for this year's award.
Norwegian media said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbroo@
seemed a certain candidate for his peacemaking in Bosnia - but there was-no
confirmation on that report.
The secretive five-member committee never reveals the names of candidates
and only discloses the total number, usually more than 100. The names of
candidates are disclosed by those making the nominations.
Last year's Nobel Laureate, anti-nuclear activist Joseph Rotblat, has said the
1996 winner should be Mordechai Vanunu, imprisoned since 1986 by Israel for
exposing its atomic weapons program.
Other known nominations include:
Imprisoned Chinese dissident and human rights activist Wei Jingsheng;
U Russian human rights activist Sergei Kovalyov, and the Russian anti-
group Soldiers' Mothers;
* Turkey's Kurdish parliamentarian Leyla Zan.

AP PHOTO
On a campaign stop in Londonderry, N.H., Republican presidential hopeful Bob Dole and New Hampshire Gov. Steve Merrill
smile as they are presented with apple pie from Top of the Tree BakingCo. President GordonWeinberger.

level ofcredibility, Forbes's candidacy
has tapped into forces that continue to
roil the electorate and that the Republi-
cans need to understand them better to
prepare for their fall campaigns.
Twelve years ago, former vice
president Walter Mondale, the estab-
lished front runner for the Democratic
nomination, demolished a similar
challenge from then-senator Gary
Hart with a television ad featuring a
flashing, red telephone - symboliz-
ing the Soviet threat - and a quip -
"Where's the beef?" - designed to
undermine Hart's claim as the candi-

date of new ideas.
Dole has attempted a similar rebuttal
to Forbes, with ads that accuse his rival
of "untested leadership, risky ideas."
But the political environment has
changed dramatically since the mid-
1980s, and what Gingrich was suggest-
ing Tuesday night was that, despite his
inexperience, Forbes's optimistic, out-
sider message may play better under
today's rules than many of his skeptics
- including those in the Dole cam-
paign - have suggested.
"Experience is a qualification, but
it's not a compelling reason in and of

itself to elect someone president," said
Democratic pollster GeoffGarin. "And
these days Washington experience is a
double-edge sword."
But Garin said Forbes's lack ofexpe-
rience in office remains an obstacle to
actually winning the nomination.
"When the day is done, voters are going
to stop and worry about Forbes's lack
of experience," he said. "But we're not
there in the process."
Republican leaders reassessing the
Forbes candidacy believe that his great-
est asset is what one called his
"Reaganesque message."

Washington wonders
about fiction author
WASHINGTON-- The anonymous
author of "Primary Colors" - the fic-
tional treatment of the 1992 Clinton
campaign that has soared atop
bestseller lists and stymied political
Washington's efforts to divine its cre-
ator - is negotiating for a million-
dollar paperback contract and a big-
money deal for a second book, accord-
ing to an authoritative New York pub-
lishing source.
One day after President Clinton
challenged reporters to find out who
wrote the novel that portrays him with
what one aide called "intense am-
bivalence," a parade of suspected au-
thors and obsessed insiders took to
the TV chat shows and kept phone
lines buzzing as they traded specula-
tion.
A well-reviewed but - if not for the
mystery over its authorship - other-
wise unremarkable novel has, by dint of
its uncanny verisimilitude and a bril-
liant marketing ploy, turned into a
publicist's dream. Even the president,
who called the mystery "the only secret

I've seen kept in Washington in three
years," announced he plans to read it.
Only the author and the book's agent,
Kathy Robbins, know the name, pub-
lishing sources say.
Christians lobby
GOP to save speies
WASHINGTON - Joining with en-
vironmentalists in an unusual political
alliance, a coalition of evangelical Chris-
tians yesterday launched a campaign to
keep Republicans in Congress from weak-
ening the Endangered Species Act.
The Evangelical Environmental Net-
work, which said it represents over 1,000
churches nationwide, equated the GO
assault on the endangered speciesi
with a modern-day sinking of Noah's
ark. The group said it is underwritiig a
$1 million public awareness campaign
to drum up support for the "protection
of God's creation."
Ron Sider, professor of theology and
culture at Eastern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Pennsylvania, saidthe group
was formed to dispell the idea that conser-
vative Christians are at odds with en
ronmentalists.

"ECONOMY
Continued from Page IA
election year, was cautious in its reac-
ti6n. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin
and Joseph Stiglitz, the president's chief
economist, sought to emphasize the
economy's strengths at present rather
than any recession threat.
"Although growth rates always vary
'from quarter to quarter ... we believe the
economy will remain healthy in 1996,"
the two officials said in a statement.
But many analysts said the central
bank will be forced to play catch-up
now. They said Fed decision-making,

which is never easy when the economy
is at a turning point, was complicated
this time by the lack of economic
data.
"I think the Fed will keep us out of a
recession. But it is going to be dicey,"
said Martin Regalia, chiefeconomist at
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "The
retail sales and consumer confidence
numbers suggest a broad-based weak-
ness in the economy."
Many economists believe the overall
economy, as measured by the gross
domestic product, has downshifted to
an anemic growth rate of about 1 per-
cent, a marked drop from the 3.2-per-
cent rate last summer.

Clitonpoint man on
Wliitewater hailed as
damage-control eXpert

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The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Appearing on
network television in defense of the
president and first lady, the Clinton
administration's designated pit bull sel-
dom misses an opportunity to attack
the Republican chairman of the spe-
cial Senate committee on Whitewater.
"You know, Sen. (Alfonse M.)
D'Amato is a classic political hench-
man," said Mark Fabiani, airing a fa-
vorite sound bite on a recent Sunday
TV news show.
Fabiani has emerged as one of the
White House's most visible defend-
ers. As special associate counsel to
the president, he is primarily respon-
sible for parrying the damaging alle-
gations stemming from the
Whitewater affair. It is a role he knows
well. The Harvard-trained lawyer
honed his skills on behalf of Tom
Bradley, the longtime Los Angeles
mayor dogged by ethical troubles
during his final terms.
At Los Angeles City Hall, Fabiani
was widely regarded as a brash, sharp-

witted "boy wonder" who was particu-
larly adept at containing the fallout
from Bradley's legal problems. Brad-
ley, now in private practice at a Los
Angeles law firm, called Fabiani "an
ideal person for this task. He is one of
the most brilliant men that I have ever
come across."
Jane Sherburne, who heads the White
House legal unit overseeing
Whitewater, said administration offi-
cials knew that Fabiani had arrived
"battle-tested" after several years of
fighting unproven allegations against
Bradley ranging from political corrup-
tion to insider trading.
Indeed, some of the same damage-
control techniques that Fabiani em-
ployed as a hard-nosed "spin doctor"
during his tenure in the mayor's office
are evident in his handling of
Whitewater.
But Washington is a far bigger stage
than City Hall, and it remains to be
seen whether Fabiani can help the
Clintons ride out the latest waves of
controversy.

comply on terrorist
extradition request
WASHINGTON -The United Na-
tions Security Council called on Sudan
yesterday to comply with Ethiopia's
request for extradition of three alleged
Islamic terrorists wanted by Ethiopia
for involvement in an unsuccessful at-
tempt to assassinate Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak as he began a visit to
Ethiopia in June.
In a rare action singling out a country
for allegedly abetting terrorists, the 15-
nation council acted on a complaint
from Ethiopia charging that three of the
11 Egyptian nationals suspected in the
murder plot are being protected by
Sudan's authoritarian Islamic govern-
ment. The complaint said Sudan re-
peatedly has evaded Ethiopian calls for
their extradition.
Ethiopia charges that two of the
wanted men, who have used a variety of
different names, planned and directed
the assassination attempt from the
Sudanese capital of Khartoum. The

abortive attempt to kill Mubarak- oc-
curred as he was being driven from the
Addis Ababa airport into the city, and
Ethiopia contends that the third wanted
man got away from police and subse-
quently fled to Khartoum on a SudaneO
Airways flight.
Colombian hopes
lawmakerS l help
BOGOTA, Colombia - President
Ernesto Samper's decision to seek a
trial by Colombia's largely discredited
Congress represents a last-ditch effort
to cling to power by rallying a politic
elite that has seen its power and infl
ence erode steadily though a mush-
rooming drug scandal.
In an emotional speech Tuesday to
a special joint session of Congress,
Samper declared yet again his inno-
cence of public accusations that be
knowingly took millions of dollars
from the Cali cocaine cartel for his
1994 presidential campaign and
claimed to be a victim of political
attacks by enemies at home at
abroad.
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efforts.
Theexplosion causedthe first two floors
of the 10-story Central Bank to collapse.
The building is a few hundred yards from
President Chandrika Kumaratunga's of-
fice, the naval headquarters and other
government buildings.
The blasts shattered the windows of
the 39-story twin-tower World Trade
Center, which was still under construc-
tion and only partially occupied. The
Intercontinental Hotel, one of several
luxury hotels in the area, was evacuated.
City streets were an impenetrable mass
of twisted metal, fallen bricks and
wrecked office furniture.

Business executive H.D. Peiris was
on the street when the blast occurred.
"We saw cars burning. I ran as far as
possible from the area. As I was run-
ning, there was an old woman whose
blouse was stained with blood," he said.
"There were at least 12 or 13 people
lying dead on the street."
Amid the debris outside the bank,
police found a small card printed with
the message: "This vehicle is carrying
4,000 kilograms (8,800 pounds) of ex-
plosives. If you try to stop us, we will
blow it up."
Police believe the attackers carried
the card, printed in English and Sri
Lanka's majority and minority lan-
guages, Sinhalese and Tamil. They
maintained the bomb weighed only 110
to 220 pounds.

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