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Levin said most Democrats and a few Republicans
have expressed doubts about the case presented by the
House team.
"I believe there are some Republicans that are lean-
ing to dismiss or vote no on the articles," Levin said.
Levin spoke with reporters during a brief break in
the trial Friday and appeared on NBC's "Meet the
Press" yesterday, continually saying that the trial
needs to end, bi-partisanship needs to be maintained
and the president needs to be censured.
Pounding on the factual misrepresentations that he
said the Republicans have presented, Levin said the
House managers have not made a case for perjury or
The managers claim that the president obstructed
justice when he gave Monica Lewinsky a bear carv-
ing that they said was a sign to lie in any depositions
he may give.
But Levin went through a detailed account Friday
of the testimony, coming to the conclusion that the
only logical inference the managers made is actually
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not logical at all. Levin said he pointed out the prob-
lem to former Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-Ark.), who
then used it in his closing statement to the Senate on
behalf of the president.
"That is the kind of distortion that is not tolerable
in the United States Senate," Levin said.
Bumpers said these types of transgressions were
not malicious attempts to get the president, but rather
he accused the House managers of "wanting to win
too badly."
Arguing against the presentation of witnesses,
Levin said the process could delay the trial for anoth-
er month or more with discovery, depositions and
other procedural questions.
In addition, the House, by not calling witnesses of
their own, made the decision that they were unneces-
sary, so they should not appear in the House, Levin
He added that the conflicts the House claims
would be cleared up through testimony are not dif-
ferences between witnesses, but rather differences
between a witness and what the House managers
want senators to believe.
"I don't think the House has made out a case on

"That is the kind of
distortion that is not
tolerable in the United
States Senate"
- Carl Levin
U.S. Senator (D-Mich.)
either (charge), to this point,' Levin said. "They have
not made out a case that he committed perjury in
front of the grand jury."
While he won't say what he thinks the final out-
come will be, Levin said there are two final goals of
the process: first, dispensing of the process in a quick
fashion, and second, maintaining the spirit with which
the process has been handled to this point.
"The House process went wrong," Levin said. "But
the Senate has handled this matter with dignity."
Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) could not be
reached last week for comment on the trial.



Welfare level reaches 30-year low
WASHINGTON - The number of people on welfare has fallen to its lowest level
in 30 years, President Clinton is expected to announce today. But the new figures also
show the dramatic declines of recent years are beginning to slow in certain states.
The president will also offer a package of programs aimed at helping more peo-
ple get to jobs and encouraging businesses to continue hiring them.
Nationally, just under 8 million people remained on welfare at the end oF
September, down 44 percent from 14.3 million in 1994.
But state officials and academics alike have long cautioned that, at some point,
nearly all the people who can move off welfare with relative ease will have left.
That will leave those with deeper problems like substance abuse, domestic vio-
lence and very little education.
"With welfare reform, the more you succeed, the harder the job becomes," said
Don Winstead, who heads Florida's welfare reform program.
Clinton hopes to make that job easier. As he did in his State of the Union
address, the president will also trumpet the falling welfare numbers.
"On a national basis, the caseload drop has been remarkably steady," said Bruce
Reed, the president's chief domestic policy adviser.
But the figures show the drops in some states may have begun to slow in the
final quarter of fiscal year 1998.


Continued from Page 1A
ASA conference, whose theme was
"Mission: Limitless."
LSA sophomore Sheila Krishnan
said different fair booths were set up
Friday, including an informational
booth from ProjectSERVE and a
bone marrow drive. Asian-American
comedian Alladin Ullah entertained a
crowd at the Union on Friday night
and community activist Anju
Bhargava gave a keynote address
Saturday afternoon.
"She talked about our role as sec-
ond-generation Indian Americans, try-
ing to establish our identity for our-
selves in society, said LSA sophomore
Vikram Sarma.
Sarma said Bhargava's message
stressed pursuing individual passion,
and touched on challenges people must
"It applies to anybody and every-
body," Sarma said. "She not only pro-
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LSA first-year student Jasmine
Bhatia attended three of the workshops
Saturday. Two of them addressed get-
ting involved on campus and in grass-
roots campaigns, Bhatia said.
"I found all of them to be really
effective and inspiring;" she said. "It
made me want to go out and do some-
Bhatia said the "Power of the Pen"
workshop was especially interesting
because it focused on how Asian
Americans are portrayed in the media
and how this portrayal affects their
identities. People often cling to stereo-
types such as the myth that Asian
Americans are gifted in math and sci-
ence, Bhatia said.
"It focused on how to branch out
beyond the stereotypes," she said. The
people in her group generated ideas
among themselves to confront the
The only disappointment, Bhatia
said, was that "a lot of people didn't
care enough to come" to the speeches
and workshops the conference
"You get out what you put in," she
said. "The students who didn't partici-
pate would have gotten a lot out of it."
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Clinton checks Ark.
tornado damage
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Acting like
the governor he used to be, President
Clinton went home to Arkansas yester-
day to inspect the damage a barrage of
tornadoes wreaked on houses and trees
in his old stomping grounds.
"This is a tragedy we all take person-
ally," he said.
The president walked streets of
Quapaw Quarters that he jogged when
he lived 12 years in the Governor's
Mansion nearby.
This time, rather than well-mani-
cured yards and well-kept houses, his
eyes fell on smashed rooftops draped in
blue tarpaulin, houses that seemed
folded in half, an uprooted tree loung-
ing across a crushed Volvo.
"For all the tornadoes Arkansas has,
and the ones that have hit around Little
Rock, we never had one just basically
come down Main Street," Clinton said.
"We had all these wonderful old
trees. It's difficult to see."
Still, Clinton was upbeat as he

spoke to residents who took time
from their attempts to patch splin-
tered houses and crept through rubble
to greet him.
He chatted amicably with a group
outside a house where an American
flag had been strapped with duct tap
onto a fallen tree's leafless branch.
U.S. warplanes fire
missiles on Iraqi sites
WASHINGTON - American war-
planes, threatened by Iraqi artillery
systems while patrolling the "no-fly"
zone in northern Iraq, attacked two
surface-to-air missile sites in separate
incidents yesterday.
It was a second day in a row that U.S.
jets enforcing the flight-interdiction zone
met resistance and fired back. A US. F-
15E Eagle fired a precision-guided mis-
sile and "suppressed" an Iraqi SA-3 sur-
face-to-air missile site that threatened
forces in the area, the military said.
The missile scored a direct hit,
Operation Northern Watch said in a
statement. s


Iraq fails to gamer
Arab League support
CAIRO, Egypt - After failing to
achieve a blanket denunciation of U.S.-
British airstrikes, Iraq's chief diplomat
stormed out of a meeting of Arab
League foreign ministers here yester-
day and angrily accused fellow Arab
states of bowing to the dictates of the
United States.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed
Said Sahaf expressed bitterness that
the long-sought meeting, called to
forge an Arab consensus on U.N. sanc-
tions and U.S. military actions against
Iraq, had fallen short of the Baghdad
regime's hopes in almost every partic-
Instead of a statement condemning
U.S. policies and calling on Arab states
to unilaterally abrogate the U.N.
Security Council sanctions imposed
after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990,
the Arab foreign ministers' draft mere-
ly expressed "sorrow" about military
action while urging Iraq to cooperate
with U.N. efforts to dismantle its
weapons of mass destruction.

The draft statement also suggested
that Iraq should behave better toward
its neighbors, especially Kuwait, anf
that sanctions could be lifted only in a
"timely" fashion.
In response, Sahaf said the state-
ment would be taken by the United
States as an encouragement to mount
further military strikes.
Pope gives Mass to
1 'illion in Mexico
MEXICO CITY -A million faith-
ful packed a dusty Mexico City race-
track yesterday to hear a call to arms
from Pope John Paul II - a summons
to take to the streets and confront the
challenge of Protestant evangelism.
The papal Mass was a powelful dis-
play of the aging pontiff's spell over
this predominantly Roman Catholic
nation. "Mexico, always faithful!"
chanted the crowd, intent on showing
the pope that their affection hasn't@
diminished since his first trip here in

Over-Consumed or Over-Consuming?

Betsy Taylor
Revolutionary Advocate for a New American Dream
On "Sustainable Consumption"

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