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RANKINGS
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thing.
Also, critics of the rankings claim
that the magazine has a bias toward
private schools.
"The rankings favor private
schools;" Peterson said, noting that-
only four public schools made the
list's top 25.
James said some school are hos-
tile because they "are uncomfortable
when scrutinized. They think it will
hurt their reputation."
James, however, said that other
schools use the rankings to promote
their school. "We have a love-hate
relationship," she said.
Students are encouraged to use

other resources when applying to
schools, James added.
"Ranking is not the end all, be
all," James said.
Mary Hershkowitz, a high school
senior at East Lansing High School,
said she will not use the rankings to
decide to which schools she will
apply.
"I take into account many things,
such as the people and the type of
school." Hershkowitz said.
Four years ago, LSA senior
Michelle Carter heavily considered
the rankings when applying to
schools, she said.
"I think it is important, especially
in undergrad, to look at the ranking
of a school. It was one of my decid-
ing factors." Carter said.

4 The independent
councils report draws
new criticism from Dems
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
independent counsel's report on
President Clinton should reach
Congress "this week or next,"
Senate Republican leader Trent Lott
said yesterday as anticipation rose
on Capitol Hill. Kenneth Starr told
President Clinton's lawyer he
opposed letting him see the report
early.
"You are mistaken in your views
as to ... your right to review a report
before it is transmitted to
Congress," Starr wrote presidential
attorney David Kendall.
The prosecutor, responding to
Kendall's letter asking for access to
the report a week early, wrote, "I
* suggest you address your concerns
to the House of Representatives"
after any report is delivered under
seal there.
Democrats, meanwhile, kept blis-
tering Clinton with criticism as
harsh as the Republicans'.
"We're fed up," said Sen. Ernest
"Fritz" Hollings of South Carolina.
"The behavior, the dishonesty of the
president is unacceptable and we'll
see with the report what course the
Congress will take."
Lott said there might have been
kmore sympathy" for Kendall's
argument if the White House had not
shown a pattern of belated disclo-
sure on other cbngressional investi-
gations
"Why is it fair that no one else in
the world can get it, but they can?"
Lott said. "I really don't think pres-
idents should be entitled to this."
Lott commented on the likely
arrival of Starr's investigative report
after discussing the matter with
House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who
is to go oyer the logistics of possible
hearings with Democratic leaders
today.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, the California
Democrat whose daughter married
Hillary Rodham Clinton's younger
brother at the White House in 1994,

called the president's behavior
"wrong," "indefensible" and
"immoral" in her most extensive
comments ,on the Lewinsky matter
since Clinton's Aug. 17 admission of
an inappropriate relationship with
the former intern.
"He should have taken responsi-
bility earlier," she said on the Senate
floor. However, she went on to
praise Clinton's agenda and accom-
plishments.
After meeting with other
Democrats, Senate Minority Leader
Tom Daschle of South Dakota urged
Clinton to elaborate on his recent
apology, saying, "I think that it's
important that he continue to find
appropriate forums in which to add
to the comment that he's already
made."
Reaching out to lawmakers,
Clinton invited House Democratic
leaders to the White House on today.
"There's not much that anyone
could say about this that he has not
said to himself," White House
spokesperson Mike McCurry said of
the criticism from Democrats.
"I think he respects and under-
stands people who are expressing
themselves on the matter," McCurry
said.
Lott said Starr had opened no
channel of communication with
GOP leaders or advised them of the
report's arrival time. "We don't
know for sure," he said.
But a White house official and a
senior House Democratic aide -
both of whom asked not to be named
-- said they, too, expected the report
by the end of next week.
What happens after the report
arrives is murky. House Republican
leaders are still discussing procedur-
al issues, including how much sub-
poena and other authority the House
should grant the Judiciary
Committee if senior members decide
enough evidence of impeachable
offenses exists for a full-blown
inquiry.
House leaders also returned from
their summer recess to a series of
bipartisan meetings today on how
much of Starr's report to make pub-

AP PHOTO
The independent counsel's report on President Clinton should reach Congress
"this week or next," Senate Republican leader Trent Lott said yesterday.

MCG WIRE
Continued from Page 1
walked again in the eighth inning.
McGwire's race began on March
31 when he hit a grand slam on
opening day, but his chase to
become 1998's home run champion
is not finished.
With the Cardinals out of contention,
McGwire may take off a few days over
the final 18 games; the season ends
Sept. 27. He is just four homers ahead
of Sosa, who figures to play every day
down the stretch with the Cubs still in
the NL wild-card race.
Like Maris, McGwire broke the
mark in an expansion season. But con-
sider this stat: This year, home runs are
being hit at a rate of 2.05 per game; last
year, the average was also 2.05.
McGwire accomplished his feat in
the Cardinals' 145th game, while
Maris' Yankees played 163 in 1961.
Before Maris set his record, commis-
sioner Ford Frick declared any record
would carry a "distinctive mark" if it
did not beat Babe Ruth's mark of 60 in
154 games. But that decision was
reversed seven years ago.
McGwire picked on his share of

young pitchers, hitting eight home runs
off rookies, but other victims included
Orel Hershiser and relief aces Robb
Nen and Rod Beck. He connected twice
against World Series MVP Livan
Hernandez, including a 545-foot mon-
ster drive that was the longest in Busch
history.
McGwire actually caused more prob-
lems for Arizona's stadium than its
first-year pitching staff. He hit a bng-
practice drive that resulted in $2,000
damage to the scoreboard at Bank One
Ballpark.
His slam off Ramon Martinez
started a run in which he homered in
the first four games of the season,
tying Willie Mays' record. In April,
he became the first Cardinals player
to hit three homers in a game at
Busch.
McGwire hit his 400th career homer
in May and hit his 37th home run in
June, tying the major league record for
most before the All-Star break.
In July, he set the mark for the fastest
to reach 40 homers in a season. In
August, he came the first player to
reach 50 home runs in three straight
years. And then came September and
the most memorable month of all.

lic.
"There is some feeling that, look,
it's going to get out anyway," Lott
told reporters.
Clinton's attorneys are concerned
Starr's report will be one-sided and
include extensive conclusions and
legal analysis instead of simply a
listing of facts gathered in the seven-
month investigation,
"Elemental fairness dictates that
we be allowed to respond to any
'report' you send to the House
simultaneously with its transmis-
sion," Kendall wrote Starr on
Monday.
In his letter to Kendall, Starr said,
"it is for Congress, the repository of
the impeachment power, to decide if
and when such information should
be provided to your client."
Starr also revealed in the letter
that Clinton as of April 3 had
refused six invitations from Starr's
office to give grand jury testimony
in the Lewinsky investigation,

Clinton eventually testified Aug. 17.
Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairperson Orrin Hatch, also not-
ing White House-erected hurdles to
Starr's investigation, said the special
prosecutor "frankly . .. doesn't owe
Mr. Kendall much."
On the House side of the Capitol,
tensions are mounting over how
much of the report is to be made
public and whether Democrats will
have a say in the distribution and
investigation of the evidence it con-
tains.
Gingrich and Minority Leader
Richard Gephardt are scheduled to
talk for the first time today about the
logistics of a congressional investi-
gation.
Joining them will be Majority
Leader Dick Armey, louse
Judiciary Committee Chairperson
Henry Hyde, who would head any
inquiry into Clinton's conduct and
John Conyers of Michigan, the
panel's ranking Democrat.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton's troubles
over Monica Lewinsky threaten to discourage voter
turnout in November and cut into Democrats' usual
advantage among women and senior citizens, according
to a bipartisan poll released yesterday.
The debate over the president's relationship with the
former White House intern is drowning out discussion
of issues that Democrats want to be the primary focus of
the elections, said pollsters who conducted the
"Battleground '98" poll.
The poll indicates Clinton's personal problems have
elevated "moral and religious issues" to the top of the
voters' agenda, pollsters suggested.
"The scandals have drowned out the discussion of the
issues - health care, education and Social Security.-
that help the Democrats," said Democratic pollster
Celinda Lake, who conducted the survey with
Republican pollster Ed Goeas.
"The scandals have also added to the volatility of the
senior voters who will be critical in low-turnout elec-
tions," she said. "Senior women, a key Democratic con-
stituency, have been particularly troubled by recent
events."
The Lewinsky matter could demoralize Democratic
voters and keep them home while motivating Republican
voters to turn out at "average or higher than average lev-
els to help cure the moral ills of politics," Lake said.
Such a disparity in turnout "could have lasting effects
on the composition of Congress, statehouses and execu-
tive mansions around the country," Lake wrote in her
analysis of the poll.
"It's like being on a football team that just fumbled the
ball and their quarterback is injured," Goeas said of the
Democrats.
"At least we have a quarterback," Lake countered.
"The president is a double-edged sword. He's helped
Democrats get credit on the economy and has helped
neutralize Republicans on traditional issues to their
advantage like balancing the budget, crime and wel-
fare."
The president's job approval rating, which has been
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over 60 percent for months, was at 56 percent in this
poll. But his personal approval rating was at 26 percent,
while 62 percent disapproved of him personally.
Voters' preference for Democrats or Republicans in
congressional elections remains close, with Republicans
at 43 percent and Democrats at 40 percent, a difference
within the poll's error margin of plus or minus 3 per-
centage points.
"We've known all along that this would be a close
election," said Rep. Martin Frost of Texas, chair of the
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "It
doesn't take much to change the momentum. We've
urged our candidates to keep talking about the issues."
The poll suggested the gender gap, which has worked
in Democrats' favor in recent elections, would be
sharply reduced if turnout is low this year.
Goeas said the poll shows Republicans have gained
among several groups of white women, notably senior
citizens and women at home under age 65.
The shift in the gender gap at least partially reflects
that the poll focused on people who were considered
likely to vote, Lake said.-
"In 1994, we had record low turnout for women,"
Lake said. "If that model repeats itself, that will cause
problems for Democrats."
Elderly people, long a key Democratic constituency,
show no preference for Democrats this year, Lake said,
adding that winning back such voters on issues like
health care and Social Security will be a key.
The Democrats "have a very serious problem," said
Rep. John Linder of Georgia, chairperson of the
National Republican Congressional Committee. "Those
people who believe in (Clinton) and those who believe
in his policies will be the least likely to turn out."
The Aug. 24-26 poll was based on telephone inter-
views with 1,000 likely voters.
A public survey taken just prior to this "Battleground"
poll showed no erosion among likely voters. However,
Goeas noted at the time that political polls like the
Battleground poll tend to do a more detailed survey of
voter intensity than the public polls.

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