2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 29, 1997
Clinton defends party fund-raising
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Saying that "mistakes were
made" in the pursuit of campaign contributions,
President Clinton told reporters yesterday that a top
financial regulator should not have been invited to a
coffee arranged by the Democratic National
Committee for bankers who contributed to the party.
At the same time, Clinton defended his role in help-
ing his party raise record sums by granting donors
access to him, saying these people got nothing for
their money other than "a respectful hearing if they
,lave some concern about the issues."
Clinton said most of the people contributing last
year to both Democrats and Republicans - "way over
90 percent" - did so legally, and most of the abuses
.that exist would be ,corrected by a bipartisan cam-
paign-finance bill he has endorsed.
"So there is no pattern and practice here of trying to
push our system over the brink into corruption,"
Clinton said at a 55-minute news conference dominat-
ed by the fund-raising issue. "What happens is there's
a race to get as much money as you can to keep from
being buried by the other people and to make sure you
get your own message out. And, at the edges, errors
are made, and when they're made, they need to be
confessed and ... we need to
assume responsibility for them.
And that's what I'm trying to do
up here today."
Clinton for the most part left
unspecified the errors he had in
mind, and his use of the passive-3
voice "mistakes were made" phras-
ing left responsibility unassigned.
He did say it was a mistake to have
Eugene Ludwig, the comptroller of
the currency, at a White House cof- Clinton
fee for bankers because "regulators
should not come to meetings ... that have any kind of
On other topics, Clinton said he is disappointed about
the lack of improvement in China's human-rights record,
but defended his overall strategy of engagement and
cooperation with the Asian power.
He said he was confident that "in the end" the Saudi
Arabian government will provide full cooperation to
U.S. officials in the investigation of last year's Khobar
Clinton touted several proposals for increased edu-
cation spending he said will be in the budget plan he
releases next week. A proposed 25-percent increase in
Pell grants for poor students will "open the doors of
college education wider than ever before," he said.
On the budget, Clinton said he was optimistic that
even Republicans who are critical of specific portions of
his spending plan will not dismiss it out of hand. He said
he is willing to discuss GOP ideas for cutting capital-
gains taxes, since it is such a high priority for them, and.
likewise added that he would consider charging higher
premiums on wealthier Medicare beneficiaries. He
pleaded with Republicans to show similar open-mind-
edness on his priorities, including restoring full wel-
fare benefits for legal immigrants.
Multiple births increase dramatically
WASHINGTON - The number of women giving birth to three or more babies
at one time has quadrupled during the last two decades, probably because of the
increasing use of fertility drugs and delayed child-bearing, federal health offiaojs
The number of births involving triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets jumpeeit
4,594 in 1994, up from 1,005 such births 20 years earlier, according to a
released by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the federal Centers r
Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency described the increase as remarkable and noted that the increases were
most pronounced among white, married, college-educated women 30 or older.
About one-third of the increase was attributable to the older age of women when
their children were born, a factor that increases the chances of a woman producing
two or more eggs at one time.
The remaining two-thirds was because of the growing use of ovulation-enhanc-
ing drugs and fertility techniques, such as in-vitro fertilization, that are "more com-
monly used by older white women of higher socioeconomic status," the report said.
Infants born in such multiple births often arrive early, are of low birth-weigt
and carry greater health risks than single births, although their chances of survi
have improved substantially in recent years, the study said.
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other chance?" Engler asked.
VanRegenmorter said the proposal is
sensible because state takeover is only
used in extreme situations.
"I think it makes sense,"
YanRegenmorter said. "He is only
proposing it as a last resort"
Engler also discussed repairing
-state roads without raising gas
Instead of a tax hike, Engler pro-
posed that funding for road repairs
come from a law banning frivolous
lawsuits, administrative cuts in the state
Department of Transportation and fed-
Engler also spoke about preserving
the environment while also preserving
the right to own - and develop - on
"The debate about protecting nat-
ural resources also requires balancing
public use with private rights," Engler
Engler touted the state's environ-
mental record as a model for the
"One of the things I am proudest of
is our successful record as steward of
Michigan's natural resources," Engler
But many Michigan Democrats said
Engler has not been a passionate
defender of the environment.
"It was very misleading," Brater
said. "Under this administration,
money for monitoring the environment
has dried up."
Engler also targeted students who
physically assault their teachers by
proposing permanent expulsion as a
"If a basketball player pushes a refer-
ee, that player is out of the game,"
Engler said. "If a student assaults a
teacher, that student should be out of
In response to statewide drunk dri-
ving deaths, Engler proposed that
people with repeat driving violations
have their vehicles confiscated or be
forced to drive with bright red license
Overall, state Democrats were not
impressed with Engler's call for biparti-
"I really didn't like the partisan char-
acter of the speech," Profit said.
However, Republican supporters said
Engler's speech was a good summary
of his accomplishments.
"Looking at Gov. Engler's record,
he has a high success rate at whatev-
er he does," said University College
Republicans President Nicholas
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Rodney Harris, University
Hospitals employee and chief union
steward, testified on behalf of the
He said the union had supported the
December 1994 suspension of the
three employees, who had allegedly
forged time cards, as long as they
would have been allowed to return to
jobs at the University.
Nada Eastman, a former University
Hospitals employee and a union stew-
ard, testified that Isabelle asked her to
document discrimination complaints at
the Dental School.
Eastman said Isabelle told her
"we aren't being treated like every-
After taking the report, Eastman said
she met with Vichon and a manager at
the Dental School. Eastman said she
left the meeting with the expectation
that the issue would be resolved.
"I thought that with the knowledge
of the situation and it being addressed,
there would be a change "Eastman
Howlett then questioned Eastman's
involvement in the case and asserted
that parts of her testimony were
invalid. He said that Eastman's job as a
steward was to respond to complaints
by hospital workers - not to docu-
ment the complaints of Dental School
Shelton overruled both Howlett's
The trial adjourned at 12:30 p.m.
and will resume tomorrow at 8 a.m. in
Washtenaw County Court.
Sen. Lott to help
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) yesterday
ruled out reopening the 1996 welfare-
overhaul bill to satisfy Republican as
well as Democratic governors who are
complaining that the law will cut off
federal support for benefits to immi-
grants who are not U.S. citizens.
Lott told reporters he is setting up a
task force to explore ways of helping
the governors "short of reopening wel-
fare reform" but held out little hope
that Washington would come to their
States are saving money under the
welfare bill and many of them are "run-
ning surpluses and putting away funds
for a .rainy day," Lott said. But
Washington does not "have that luxu-
ry," he added. So "we think maybe they
should look at some of their rainy-day
funds and some of their surpluses
because we don't have one.... We have
a great big national debt and an annual
deficit that we're trying to address."
The legislation gave states flexibility
to handle their own welfare problems,
as the governors wanted, Lott noted.
"And for them to come back and say,
you know, 'Give us another $14
lion,' I'm not impressed with that;'
Chastity proposal t
The Presbyterian Church is trying to
settle a long-running debate over open-
ly gay ministers with a proposal that
anyone - homosexual or heterosexual
- who has sex outside of marriage.:
fails to repent is ineligible to be a ,run-
ister or lay church officer.
A majority of the church's 11
regional divisions, known as pres-
byterys, must endorse the "fidelity npd
chastity amendment" for it to becQe
part of the church's constitution.,
Proponents say the measure isan
attempt to set "biblical standards" inwg
era of sexual leniency and immoraly
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MOSCOW - The former Chechen
rebel military commander who negoti-
ated peace with Moscow after his fight-
ers manhandled the Russian army last
year was heading toward an easy victo-
ry in the secessionist region's presiden-
tial elections, Russian television report-
ed yesterday evening.
Aslan Maskhadov, an even-tempered
former Soviet army colonel, is regarded
by the Kremlin as a relative moderate,
and officials in Moscow plainly were
relieved at his apparent triumph over
more radically anti-Russian candidates.
But Maskhadov, like every one of the
13 men who ran for the Chechen presi-
dency in Monday's election, openly
advocates independence for the
Muslim-dominated southern region,
where 20 months of war and 200 years
of colonization, repression and depor-
tation have inspired deep hatred for
Russia. And his apparently easy win -
he was reported to lead his nearest rival
by a 2-1 margin as vote counting con-
tinued - was greeted joyfully by
Chechens as a giant step toward inde-
In his first news conference since te
election, Maskhadov did not disappopit
calls for African atd
UNITED NATIONS - The
Algerian diplomat appointed as the
United Nation's special envoy to Zaire,
Burundi and Rwanda said yesterd4it
may take a huge injection of Western
aid - a "mini-Marshall Plan" 4
halt the spiral of violence in the war-
ravaged Central African nations.
Mohamed Sahnoun will go to Afica
next week to try to halt the bloodshed,
which includes a civil war in Zaire aud
a cycle of attacks and reprisals by eth-
nic Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda and
Burundi. He said his first step wil! e
to contact "all groups" in the aka,
including Tutsi rebels seeking to r-
throw the government of Za i
President Mobutu Sese Seko.
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