The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 12, 1998 - 7A
Los Angeles Tunes
WASHINGTON - Embroiled in a
budget fight with an impeachment-
minded Congress, President Clinton
yesterday urged voters to turn the
upcoming midterm election into a
national referendum on his presidency,
clearly hoping they will send
Washington the message that they care
more about pocketbook issues than the
Monica S. Lewinsky scandal.
With just 22 days to go before the
Nov. 3 elections, Clinton's comments
significantly elevated the stakes. Most
.analysts believe, and polls suggest, that
Republicans could make broad gains
i* both houses of Congress in part
because outrage r over the president's
adulterous affair with a young intern
could energize Republicans to vote in
geater numbers than Democrats.
But Clinton expressed confidence
that voters will reject a Republican-led
impeachment drive against him. "That
is a decision for Americans. I trust
them. I think they'll make the right
decision," he said.
The president made his remarks
at the start of an afternoon White
Homse strategy session with Capitol
Hill Democrats on the budget nego-
tiations with the GOP majority in
A houeh the new fiscal year is
nearly two weeks old, Clinton and
the Republicans have yet to agree to
a comprehensive spending plan for
fiscal 1999. With little progress yes-
terday, negotiations to resolve their
many differences may well keep
Congress in town for several more
days, preventing them from going
home to campaign.
Cliron also seemed eager to join
that fray. He is scheduled to hit the
campatn trail to raise money and
stump for Democratic candidates in
Talks fail to bring agreement
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Milosevic agree to an expanded interna-
tional monitoring mission to verify com-
pliance with demands of the U.N.
Those demands include an immediate
cease-fire, a withdrawal of special troops
in the province, allowing refugees to
return home and beginning talks with
ethnic Albanians on Kosovo's future.
Kosovo is a province of Serbia, the
main republic of Yugoslavia. About 90
percent of its 2 million people are eth-
nic Albanian, and most of them want
independence or substantial self-rule.
Meanwhile, journalists heard sporadic
gunfire yesterday and saw white and gray
smoke rising from about six houses in the
ethnic Albanian village of Makrmalj,
about 20 miles west of Pristina.
Ethnic Albanian rebels claimed the
activity was part of a Serb police oper-
ation. Police prevented the journalists
from getting closer than about a half-
mile from the village.
The Pentagon is continuing military
preparations if Holbrooke's mission
fails. Six U.S. B-52 bombers arrived in
Britain yesterday and a contingent of
A-10 anti-tank planes flew from
Germany to Italy.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), warned
yesterday that Americans may be killed
in the bombing raids. "There will be
significant jeopardy there because the
Serbians have a very good defense sys-
tem," the former Navy pilot said on
"Fox News Sunday."
In Bucharest, the Romanian govern-
ment agreed to allow NATO to use its
airspace in "emergency and unpre-
dictable situations" if the alliance
launches airstrikes against Yugoslavia.
The positioning of more U.S. planes
within range and preparing them for
attacks were clearly designed to convince
Milosevic of Washington's resolve to
force compliance with U.N. demands.
After a late-night session with
Milosevic, an exhausted-looking
Ray to sit
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gram in any way and I apologize for that:"
The Athletic Department's initial pro-
posal, submitted to the NCAA on Oct. 2,
called for Ray's current three-game sus-
pension to be sufficient punishment. The
NCAA did not agree and handed down a
larger penalty of two additional games,
causing Ray to miss Michigan's contests
against Northwestern and Indiana.
Though he has been cleared to return to
Ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova watches as U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke
points to media Saturday In Pristina, Yugoslavia.
President Clinton makes a statement before meeting with Democratic
congressional leaders yesterday about the overdue federal budget.
Holbrooke insisted early yesterday
"nothing has changed" in the Yugoslav
leader's stand. Holbrooke called the sit-
uation "very serious" and said he was
looking for "peaceful, acceptable"
alternative to the use of force.
A statement from Milosevic's office,
issued after the talks and distributed by
the government's Tanjug news agency,
said all U.N. conditions have been met
for a political settlement.
But Milosevic seemed to be separat-
ing U.N. demands from the U.S. insis-
tence on verification.
Serb sources, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said Milosevic has refused to
budge on a monitoring force. Washington
is pressing for that because Milosevic has
broken promises in the past.
A source close to Milosevic indicat-
ed that he was ready to comply with
International efforts to end the seven-
month crisis have accelerated following
allegations that Serb police massacred
scores of ethnic Albanian refugees.
Concern is mounting that winter will
bring a humanitarian disaster if thousands
remain homeless by the first snowfall.
The United Nations has condemned
recent massacres of ethnic Albanians,
but has not endorsed airstrikes. The
Clinton administration, however,
believes it does not need a new U.N,
resolution for the attacks.
Russia, which fiercely opposes NATO
airstrikes, called its NATO representative
and ambassador to Belgium back to
Moscow yesterday for emergency consul-
tations on the potential attacks.
"Everything should be done to pre-
vent bombing," Dmitry Yakushkin,
President Boris Yeltsin's spokesperson,
New York and Florida. The plan drew
fire over the weekend from GOP lead-
ers who complained that Clinton
should remain in town until a new fed-
eral budget is completed.
But the president was unapologetic.
"What I intend to do is to bring the
issues to the American people," he told
reporters at the White House.
"What I'd like to see this election
be about is the American people
and their future, not about
Washington, D.C.," he said, allud-
ing to the impeachment inquiry by
the House Judiciary Committee
over allegations that he committed
perjury and obstructed justice while
attempting to conceal an affair with
the former White House intern.
The president's remarks seem to
be a calculated, but nonetheless
If Republicans score major gains
on Nov. 3, they will surely portray
the results as a public rebuke of the
president, thus complicating his leg-
islative agenda and his hopes of
To be sure, his job-approval rat-
ings remain high, and poll after poll
shows that most Americans want an
expeditious resolution to the
Lewinsky matter short of impeach-
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as ateamcaptainremainsupinthe air. He in this w
began practicing yesterday with his team- because t
mates, but Carr said the issues of captain- Becau
ship and his starting role "will remain current st
between the two of us and the team." football f
While Carr expressed his relief at the action is
situation's closing, referring to it as an ken to so
"educational experience," his plans to athlete is
protect the rest of the team from viola- ing the in
tions have not changed. "The1
"From my own experience, I think the to under
best course of action is to educate our stu- their ca
dents and try to prevent this from happen- impact o
ing to our other student athletes,"he said. the resp
"We have former players at Michigan our abili
who are what they call runners, people to better
k for agents, and there is no way
vorld that we can isolate them
hey're right on our campus."
se former players have access to
tudent athletes and the Michigan
facilities, policing such improper
difficult. Carr said he has spo-
me runners, but that the current
primarily responsible for avoid
thing that student athletes need
rstand is that this can impact
reers," he said. "Agents can
our program negatively. I think
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ity to better educate these kid
make proper decisions?'
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could dampen hopes for breaking a
Netanyahu's Cabinet, which is
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oppose land-for-peace deals with the
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