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Dole, Clinton butt heads
over gun-repeal legislation

A Bureau of Engraving and Printing employee inspects a freshly printed sheet of redesigned $100 bills yesterday. The new
bills are scheduled to be shipped Monday to banks nationwide, where they will replace the old bills.
op-secret 'optically variable
iik ued in new U.S. $100 bls

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton accused congressional Repub-
licans yesterday of taking "the side of
the Washington gun lobby" in trying to
overturn the ban on assault weapons -
a rhetorical blast that showed how he
hopes one of his more controversial
achievements of 1994 can be an re-
election asset in 1996.
Clinton didn't mention Senate Ma-
jority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) by
name, but Dole's vague and defensive
comments later about whether and when
he would schedule a vote on the bill -
he pledged last year to do so - made it
plain that he was the real target. The
day's maneuvering revealed how nearly
every major item of legislative busi-
ness is becoming a proxy for the im-
pending Clinton-Dole general election
Now that he has the nomination,
Dole must face the political reality
that numerous surveys show some
70 percent of the public favors keep-
ing the ban. With the House set to
pass the repeal today, will Dole keep
his pledge and schedule a Senate
vote? "I haven't considered it," he
told reporters at a news conference.
"It's not a priority."
If the assault weapons bill highlights
the perils of running for president as a

legislative leader, Dole has been busy
trying to prove that his platform on
Capitol Hill can also be put to advan-
tage. Over the past two days, Dole has
embraced subjects as diverse as missile
defense systems and Everglades alliga-
tors in an effort to use pending legisla-
tive items to highlight his differences
with Clinton.
Yesterday, Dole joined with House
Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and
other Republicans to propose legisla-
tion building an anti-missile defense
system for the United States over the
next seven years.
Referring to Clinton's veto last year
of a similar proposal, Dole said, "Right
now the United States has no defense,
and I repeat, no defense, against ballistic
missiles, and if it's left up to the Clinton
administration, it will stay that way."
The proposal would require the
United States to deploy a missile de-
fense system capable of defending all
50 states from limited attacks by 2003.
Clinton vetoed a defense bill contain-
ing such a provision last December,
arguing that it would lead to a violation
ofthe 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
with countries of the former Soviet
Dole later yesterday tried to show
his support for the environment and
fiscal frugality at the same time, join-

ing other Republicans in endorsing a
congressional plan for saving the
Florida Everglades. He noted point-
edly that the congressional plan, un-
like an earlier Clinton proposal, did
not rely on taxes on the sugar industry'
for its financing.
But it was the gun issue that showed
most clearly how the normal push-and-
shove of Washington lawmaking has
been placed in an entirely different
sphere because of the presidential cam-
The official White House view is that
scheduling a vote on the assualt weap-
ons ban is a terrible waste of time, since
Clinton would veto any attempt at re-
peal. "There is no point in distracting
the American people or the Congress
from the important work before us," the
president said yesterday.
Yet this was a distraction on which
Clinton and his aides seemed quite ea-
ger to devote their attention.
"The longer you want to spend on
this the better," White-House spokes-
person Michael McCurry grinningly
told reporters. "I'll wail on."
The point ofhis wailing, he explained,
was to make the case that "we've got a
very extreme agenda coming from the
hard right compared to the common-
ground agenda that the president's tried
to advance."

The Washington Post
ing and stainless-steel walls give no hint
about what goes on beyond the stark
lobby ofSICPA Industries in Springfield,
Va. Company officials like it that way.
For more than 10 years, SICPA, the
American subsidiary of a 70-year-old
tv iss ink-making company, has been,
t e world's sole producer of a hot com-
modity called Optically Variable Ink.
When viewed from different angles, the
ink' appears to change colors, and when
applied to paper currency, it makes coun-
terfeiting impossible, SICPA maintains.
In-the fall, U.S. money-makers an-
nounced a monetary face lift, the first
heavy-duty nip-and-tuck in 66 years,

beginning with Ben Franklin on the
$100 bill. The $765,000 redesign incor-
porates several anti-counterfeiting de-
vices, including a splotch of SICPA's
color-shifting ink in one corner that
changes from green to black depending
on how light hits it.
The first of the new $100 bills will be
shipped to banks Monday, putting the
U.S. greenback on a par, technology-
wise, with the French franc, the Italian
lira and the German mark, to name just
a few of the currencies that use color-
changing ink.
SICPA, which has a $10million U.S.
contract to provide 20,000 pounds of
the special ink - enough to print more
than2billion bills-assiduously guards

the proprietary technology behind it.
The $100 note is the first to undergo
the sophisticated makeover, because it
is the most popular with forgers abroad,
where two-thirds of the $390 billion in
U.S. currency is held. Other denomina-
tions down to the $5 bill will follow
annually, though not all will contain
each new counterfeiting deterrent. Old-
style bills will remain legal tender and
be replaced as they wear out.
According to the Secret Service, more
than $30 million in bogus U.S. money
was passed and seized in this country in
fiscal 1995, a 62 percent increase over
1993; an additional $72 million was
seized before it got into circulation,
three times the 1993 figure.


anel sees low-level extremism in Army

The Washington Post
WASH INGTON - An Army task
force investigating the presence of hate
groups in the ranks reported yesterday
it had found "minimal evidence of ex-
tremist activity," but expressed con-
cern about widespread confusion among
*diers about Army policy and criti-
cized a lack of attention to the issue in
training programs.
The three-month study, prompted by
the hate murder in December of a black

couple by three white soldiers in North
Carolina, concluded extremist groups
- while "visible and active in commu-
nities outside some Army installations"
- do not seem to be targeting soldiers
for recruitment.
But investigators voiced alarm about
gang-related activities, which they said
were "more pervasive than extremist
activities on and near Army installa-
tions, and are becoming a significant
security concern for many soldiers."

Among the major recommendations
by the one Navy and four Army officials
on the task force were clearer rules on
participating in extremist organizations,
closer screening to keep out recruits
with extremist views and new training
courses about extremist activity.
In a written survey of 17,080 soldiers,
conducted by the Army's Research In-
stitute, 3.5 percent reported they have
been approached to join an extremist
organization since joining the Army.



Sure you deserve some fun this summer after your hard work this
academic year. But between vacation, summer jobs and catching up
with your hometown pals, you can

The following students will be among those recognized during the Honors
Convocation Program on Sunday, March 24, 1996. These individuals have
demonstrated the highest level of undergraduate academic success by
achieving seven or more consecutive terms of all A's and earning the
designation Angell Scholar. The University of Michigan congratulates
these students on their superior scholastic achievement and wishes them
continued success.


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