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Clinton takes credit for large deficit drop

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Los Angeles Times
President Clinton claimed credit for
another drop in the federal budget
.deficit yesterday as he mocked GOP
,opponent Bob Dole's warnings about
voter apathy in a final swing through
three Midwestern states.
Whirling through a- battleground
where polls show he clearly holds the
upper hand, Clinton hailed newly
released figures showing that the feder-
al budget deficit will close 1996 at
$107.3 billion, a decline of 63 percent
from its 1992 level and the lowest fig-
ure in 15 years.
."America has heard a lot of calls in
.the last several days. I would say this
proves that America is awake - and
moving in the right direction," Clinton
told the crowd in this St. Louis suburb,
referring to Dole's demand that voters
"wake up" to the dangers of re-electing
the president.
Clinton spoke before the town's city
hall tower, where his campaign had
draped a huge banner showing the
deficit's plunge since 1992.
Republican leaders quickly disputed
Clinton's claim of credit for the shrinking
deficit, issuing a news release announc-
ing a slightly different figure even before
,the president spoke yesterday.
Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and

Rep. John Kasich (R-Ohio), respective
chairs of the Senate and House budget
committees, said that the GOP led the
way to lower deficits and Clinton reluc-
tantly followed.
The lawmakers said the 1996 deficit
would be $109 billion and called it "a
tribute to the common-sense belt-tight-
ening of the Republican 104th
Congress." They added the deficit
decline "vindicates our willingness to
stand up to Bill Clinton and the big-
spending Democrats who used to be the
majority in Congress."
Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin,
however, said that Clinton deserved "at
least" 75 percent of the credit for falling
deficits because of the 1993 budget he
squeezed through Congress that con-
sisted of a combination of tax increases
and spending cuts.
Since then, financial markets have
responded favorably with low interest
rates, rising stock prices and consistent,
if modest, economic growth.
The deficit figure is the lowest since
1981. As a percentage of the gross
domestic product, the $107.3 billion is
the smallest since 1974, White House
officials said, adding that it is also the
lowest deficit as a fraction of GDP of any
of the major industrialized economies.
Franklin Raines, director of the
Office of Management and Budget,

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Jewell describes his 'nightmare'
ATLANTA - Richard Jewell, the man who went from hero to suspect to inno-
cent in the Olympic Park bombing, stood still yesterday before the cameras that
have relentlessly pursued him for last three months and described "a nightmare,"a
life "lived every waking minute of those 88 days afraid that I would be arrested and
charged with a horrible crime - a crime I did not commit."
His voice several times quavering on the verge of tears, the burly, form*
Olympics security guard who on Saturday received a letter from the Justice
Department clearing him as a target of the investigation, told a packed press con-
ference, "I thank God that it has now ended, and that you now know what I have
known all along. I am an innocent man."
He thanked his mother and friends for standing by him as the FBI and media pre-
sented him as the person responsible for the July 28 Olympic bombing, in which
two people were killed and more than 100 injured. "I felt like a hunted animal, fol-
lowed constantly, waiting to be killed," he said.
Hailed as a savior when he pointed out a pipebomb minutes before it exploded,
Jewell, 33, quickly became the FBI's only named suspect in the bombing, based on
largely circumstantial evidence, according to an affadavit released yesterday, an
psychological profile of a hero "wannabe," which his attorneys yesterday deridW
as "psycho-nonsense."

President Clinton reacts to the crowd yesterday at the Target Center in
Minneapolis. Clinton brought his message of opportunity, responsibility and
community to the crowd.

which compiles the figure, said the
drop reflected higher tax revenues from
stronger-than-expected growth, as well
as efforts to restrain federal spending.
"About half is from the increase in
economic growth and about half is from
holding down spending," he told
reporters in St. Louis.
This year's unexpectedly large
decline in the deficit came because the
government collected $26 billion more
than anticipated in personal income
taxes, and $5 billion more than predict-
ed in corporate taxes, Raines said. Also,
the government spent $20 billion less

than expected, including $12 billion less
.in entitlement spending from the
Department of Health and Human
Still, analysts note that the deficit
should begin to rise again after the year
2000 if Congress and the president do
not work out an agreement to scale back
entitlement spending, an effort poten-
tially fraught with political peril. Raines
acknowledged that the administration
projects the 1997 deficit at $125 mil-
lion, a 17-percent increase over 1996,
largely because of projected growth in
entitlement spending.

Medicare spending
falls below forecasts
WASHINGTON - The financially
beleaguered Medicare program got
some unexpected good news yesterday
as the Treasury Department reported
that total spending for the year fell $3.2
billion below previous forecasts.
Outlays for doctor bills and hospital
outpatient services were less than
expected, the Treasury said as it issued
final figures for the 1996 fiscal year,
which ended Sept. 30.
Medicare outlays were $196.6 billion
for the year, a 9.2 percent increase from
the $180.1 billion spent the year before
but lower than the mid-session forecast
of $199.8 billion in July.
Administration officials welcomed
the news but were not sure whether the
lower-than-expected spending was a
fluke or represented a significant slow-
down in inflation for the cost of caring
for the 37 million Medicare beneficia-
"It will take awhile to crunch the
numbers and figure it out," said Victor
Zonana, a spokesperson for the

A mayor who has been asked
by a record number of people
to be a part of a special day
in their lives.

Department of Health and Human
Services. "It appears to be good news
but you can't do a long-term trend
analysis yet."
ma have mutilated
e's genitals
BATON ROUGE, La. - Mary Ann
Turner thought she was going into the
hospital for simple surgery to repair
damage from-the birth of her third baby.
Instead, she claims in a lawsuit, sur-
geons mutilated her genitals at the insti-
gation of her anesthesiologist husbapc
who was present during the procedure
years ago and treated his wife afterward.
"He told them she had some sexual
problems and this would fix it," said
Turner's lawyer, Richard Ducote.
The lawsuit against Alan Ostrowe, her
ex-husband, goes to trial today after
eight years in the courts. It has divided
the couple's children -- two of their sons
side with their father while the eldest son
and their daughter back Turner,


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Rwanda government
denies supporting
insurgents in Zaire
KIGALI, Rwanda - The Rwandan
government launched a diplomatic and
public-relations offensive yesterday to
dispute widespread suspicions that it
actively has supported insurgents fight-
ing in neighboring Zaire, or that
Rwanda's troops attacked two crowded
refugee camps last weekend.
President Pasteur Bizimungu flatly
denied at a news conference that Rwanda
had provided weapons, training, sanctu-
ary or other direct aid to the increasingly
successful rebel Banyamulenge move-
ment, which has routed the Zairian mili-
tary and forced hundreds of thousands of
Hutu refugees to flee their camps.
"Morally, I support these people,"the 46-
year-old president said.
He said the Banyamulenge, ethnic
Tutsis whose ancestors first migrated to
the area in pre-colonial times, were
defending themselves against ethnic
persecutionand atrocities in the latest
outbreak of the turbulent region's ongo-

ing power struggle between ethnic
Tutsis and Hutus.
"The Zairians want to exterminate
the Banyamulenge and the internation-
al community is doing nothing
Bizimungu complained. "The
Banyamulenge must resist or die.'
Mideast peace talks
hit impasse
JERUSALEM - More than three
weeks of intensive talks between
Israelis and Palestinians foundered yes-
terday on mutual indecision and l
trust. U.S. special envoy Dennis Ross,
dispatched here in the aftermath of gun
battles that left more than 70 dead,
announced he is flying back to
Washington without a deal.
Both parties have described the talks,
which center on the city of Hebron, as the
first important test since Israel changed
governments of the three-year-old bar-
gaining framework that brought decades
of armed conflict to a hesitant close.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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