2 2- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 10, 1998
G-ngnch explains retirement
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Newt
Gingrich said yesterday night he decided to retire rather
than fight for a new term as speaker last week because
his continued presence would have become an "excuse
for divisiveness and factionalism" inside Republican
It is wrong, Gingrich told a meeting of GOPAC, for
"any one person to put their office above the good of the
country and the party."
Gingrich's speech before the Republican organization
he once headed marked his first extended public appear-
ance since his stunning decision last Friday to give up
"his high office.
Gingrich (R-Ga.) was received warmly, and got a
rousing ovation when he displayed his personal copy of
the "Contract'With America," the campaign manifesto
that Republicans rode to their landslide election victory
in 1994. "Again and again, calmly systematically, we
.kept our word," he said of the revolution he once led.
Gingrich also used his speech to tick off accomplish-
ments of the last four years - welfare legislation, over-
haul of Medicare, expanded medical research among
Listening in the audience was Rep. Bob Livingston,
the Louisiana Republican who challenged Gingrich for
the speakership on Friday, and then became the over-
whelming favorite to succeed him after the Georgian
decided to retire.
"The next speaker of the House," Gingrich called
Livingston, and urged all Republicans to work with him
to prevent a victory in 2000 by Vice President Al Gore
and congressional Democrats.
Gingrich decided to retire last week after his party
suffered unexpected setbacks in the midterm elections.
Only hours after he had assured the rank-and-file that
Republicans would gain as many as 30 House seats, the
Instead, the GOP lost five seats, the first time since
1934 that the party in power in the White House has
gained seats in the House.
Stunned Republicans demanded a leadership change,
and within 72 hours, Gingrich had withdrawn, signaling
"Again and again, calmly
and systematically, we
kept our word."
- Newt Gingrich
Speaker of the House
the end of a tumultuous reign as the first GOP speaker
of the House in 40 years.
Gingrich, frequently mentioned as a potential presi-
dential candidate in 2000, did not discuss his fiuture
plans at length in his remarks. "Public office is not the
same as public service. There are many avenues for pub-
lic life,"he said.
Earlier, Gingrich returned to the Capitol for the first
time since last week's election. He was greeted by a
clutch of aides who cheered his entrance, and shook
hands with well-wishers before entering the building
and heading for his office,
AROUND THE NATION
Court won't shield adviser Lindsey
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused yester-
day to shield President Clinton's closest adviser, Bruce
Lindsey, from undergoing grand jury questioning about
confidential conversations with the president concerning
The decision gives Independent Counsel Kenneth S
"Wor Congress an opportunity to gain new evidence justis
impeachment proceedings are beginning in the House:
The justices declined to hear a White House appeal that
Clinton's conversations with Lindsey should be protected by
Clintnattorney-client privilege, a claim already rejected by two
Lindsey testified four times before the grand jury investigating the
Lewinsky matter but refused to answer certain questions, including those
about his conversations with Clinton, because the president invoked the priv-
Barring a new legal fight, the ruling could open the door for Starr or Congress
to press Lindsey for information in those areas. The House Judiciary Commi
hasn't sought to question Lindsey during the impeachment hearings.
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Palestinians what they have
been fighting for for 50 years."
Lama Jamjoum, a Public Health
doctoral student, also disagreed
"He didn't cover any of the
important issues," Jamjoum said.
"We all know the creation of a
Palestinian state is impossible with
the current situation.
"I go to Israel every year,"
Jamjoum added. "It's different than
what he's describing. There's no
equality at all."
linger after elections
RECYCLE THE DAILY.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unbowed
by election losses or polls supporting
President Clinton, Republicans on the
House Judiciary Committee forcefully
rejected the testimony of scholars who
said lying to hide a sexual affair was-
n't an impeachable offense.
After hearing hours of disparate tes-
timony from historians and law pro-
fessors on what misconduct warrants
impeachment, committee chairperson
Henry Hyde, (R-Ill.), expressed frus-
tration yesterday with those who
would exempt lies about perspnal
"All of the sophistries that I hear,
rationales, justifications, 'everybody
does it,' 'it was just about sex,' - it's
perjury," Hyde told the panel's sub-
committee on the Constitution.
Publicly, GOP committee members
surrendered no ground despite losing
five House seats in last week's elections.
"He must be called to account for
putting his selfish personal interest
ahead of his oath of office and his
constitutional duty," said Rep. Charles
Canady, (R-Fla.), the subcommittee
But some Republicans privately
expressed nervousness that the full
House, distracted by a battle over lead-
ership positions, might lose interest in
unpopular impeachment proceedings.
The White House renewed its call to
end the inquiry quickly, saying the
House leadership struggle could have an
"It could create a better environ-
ment for finishing up something that
the country so much wants to get
behind it," said press secretary Joe
However, he said, "What's worry-
ing is that somehow in the battle for
votes, that commitments may be
made that wouldn't be in the best
interests of putting this behind us."
In other developments yesterday:
-The Supreme Court handed
Clinton a major defeat that could affect
the impeachment inquiry. The high
court reiected Clinton administstion
appeals that sought to keep
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr
from asking certain questions of presi-
dential confidant Bruce Lindsey and
Secret Service employees. A Judiciary
Committee official, speaking only on
condition of anonymity, said calling
Lindsey as an impeachment witness
was being discussed, but no decision
had been made.
-Justice Department lawyers and
FBI agents interviewed Clinton
regarding Democratic Party campaign
ads during his 1996 re-election bid.
Clinton's attorney, David Kendall,
said the president cooperated with the
-Newly unsealed court docu-
ments revealed U.S. District Judge
Susan Webber Wright, who oversaw
Paula Jones' sexual harassment law-
suit against Clinton, signaled in
January she believed Mrs. Jones had a
weak case and offered to encourage
her to accept a settlement.
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help make decisions could involve
Senate Assembly, the faculty's represen-
tative governing body.
Senate Assembly includes representa-
tives from research faculty and librari-
ans, but not clinical faculty. SACUA
expressed a desire to change this.
"We must give representation to all
faculty groups, or this institution will be
marginalized," Ensminger said.
"If we diversify faculty roles, at the
same time we need to create rights and
responsibilities that bring them togeth-
er," Cantor said. "I would like to see
more non-tenured representation on
Procedural roadblocks hinder any
attempt to incorporate clinical profes-
sors into faculty governance.
"With a set number of representatives
in Senate Assembly, adding clinical
track faculty would give too much rep-
resentation to the Medical School and
too little to the College of Liteetmr'.
Science and the Arts' Senate Assembly
Rules Committee Chair Ronald Lomax
Lomax, an electrical engineering pro-
fessor, said that adding members to
Senate Assembly and redistributing rep-
resentation would be the most desirable
course of action, but this requires a
change in the bylaws of the Board of
"We can try to change the University
regent's bylaws, and I would support
adding members in a controlled fash-
ion," Cantor said.
High court turns
raway voucher dispute
WASHINGTON - The Supreme
Court will let Wisconsin continue pro-
viding financial help for families
whose children attend religious or other
private schools, a move sure to encour-
age similar efforts in other states.
Supporters say such tuition vouchers
can give low-income children the same
educational choices as richer ones, but
critics see nothing less than a movement
"to abandon the public schools."
The justices, yesterday, left intact a
Wisconsin program providing vouchers
- good for up to $5,000 a year per
child - for students of poor families
who attend private schools in
Milwaukee. Because most of those
schools are religious, the state's plan
had been challenged as a violation of
the constitutionally required separation
of church and state.
Yesterday's action, an 8-1 vote to
deny review to the challenge, was not
a decision and therefore set no
national precedent. But participants
in the raging national debate =were
quick to react.
Clint Bolick of the pro-vou cher
Institute for Justice said the court's
action "provides a green light. for
other states to proceed with the most
promising education reform on the
Gene therapy may
help grow bypasses
DALLAS - For the first time,
doctors have shown that by inserting
extra genes into the heart, they can
enable patients to grow their own
The approach could someday sp
patients the need for bypass surgery. in
which a piece of blood vessel is gmaft-
ed into place to create a detour around
Experts say this new gene-insertion
procedure, tested initially in the legs
and now in the heart, represents the
first example of gene therapy, which
actually corrects a human ill.
AROUND THE WORLD
Japan's coupon plan
has unexpected kinks
TOKYO - Here's an idea to get
Japan's tight-fisted consumers to final-
ly start spending: Give away $250 to
every man, woman and child in the
That's the scheme now making its
way through parliament. But Japan's
leaders have discovered that giving
away up to $35 billion to tens of mil-
lions of people is pretty complicated,
especially if you're looking for a sys-
tem that is fair, secure and still has a
snowball's chance in hell ofjump-start-
ing Japan's economy.
Consider the money itself. If you
just drop all those crispy bills in peo-
ple's palms, Japan's prodigious savers
will probably just sock them away.
Saving may be a virtue, but not in a
recession when you want that money
on steroids, zipping about and creating
jobs, putting the hum back in the
Hond a plants.
So Japan's minority Komeito Party
has come up with the idea of shopping
vouchers. Why not dish out some
coupons with short-term expiration
This fringe idea recently edged into
the mainstream after Japan's ruling
Liberal Democratic Party vowed its
support. So Japan could soon be Mw
in coupons, a giant gift-certificate
melee in the world's second largest
Thai film board
BANGKOK, Thailand - Jodie
Foster may never get a chance.
whistle a happy tune in Thailand
the starchy English governess iftra
new film version of the story that
inspired the musical "The King and
The country's Film Board refused
yesterday to let 20th CenturyFox
film its "Anna and the King' on
location in Thailand, maintaining 'it
insults their revered King Mongkut
and portrays him as a brutal buf-
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