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2A - The Michigan Gaily -- Monday, March 5, 2001


Bush- threatens
spending vetoes

Bit o' the bubbly

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WASI 11N(] ION President Bush
% iil v.to any annual spending hilt that
c.osts more than he wants, Vice Presi-
dent D~ick (heney said yesterday,
warning Rpublicans not to stray from
he adm in istrati on's budget priorities.
O'nly days ago, budget writers in the
h?{.usc ianc.Sena~te queStdled whether
thecy could stay within the budgzet lev-
els Bush has proposefi a 4 percent
increase for discrethmary programs,
which constitute everything the gov-
Cilliflentdoes, except Stueomati-ally~
paid benefits like Medicaid.
"if, in fatct, bills came down with
ten is in it that h, thinks are inappro-.
priate or excessive in termtis of the total
amount, I dlon't think ie will be bash-
fuil about lasing his vet(,;"('honey said
onl CBS' "Dace the Nat ion '" "I t hinlk
we'll conik to something very close to
what the president has recomniended."
The vice president was responding
ta question about commenis by the
Senate Budget Committee chairmmn,
Republican Pete Domenici of' New
Mexico, who said the 4 percent
increase would be "very hyard to live
on" and that (Congress has di ffk~nt
spenidi ng priorit ies t h:ii the
In the I louse, committee chairmn
have raised the possibility of higher
spending on agriculture and science,

for example.
Over the past three years, discre-
tionary spending has increased by
an average of' more than 6 percent
annually. Last year, it grew by 81/2
percent, which Cheney said was
"As soonl as the surplus arrived,
Congress and the prior administration
started spending money in a rather
profligate fashion,' said Cheney, dis-
missing the notion that the Bush
administration is trying to starve the
Under Bush's plan, the $635 billion
(iscreti onary budget for fiscal 2001
would rise to .x661 billion in 2002.
Increases wouldI come in education,
defense, health research and embassy
security,, while cuts would hit at least
10) federal agencies, including the
departments of Interior and "Trans-
Democrats complaini that Bush 's
ceverall budget plan - which features
a $1.6 trillion, 1 0-year tax cut and S2
trillion in debt reduction is unfair to
the middle class anid poor. They say
the tax cut is weighted toward the rich
and that Bush has understated the cost
by $51 trill ion, an undlerestimate they
say threateiis education and other pri-
oritics. Democrats prefer a 5750 bil-
lion tax cut.

Palestinian suicide bomber kills three
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up and killed three Israelis at
a bustling intersection yesterday, the second lethal explosion in four days
as militant Islamic groups vowed more attacks against Israel's incomiO
With Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon preparing to assume power, possibly
this week, the pair of bombings has shown that Israel remains vulnerable despite
sealing off' Palestinian areas in a bid to keep out militants.
Sharon, a former general who says he will restore security to Israel after five
months of fighting, said "the terror attack is a very serious one that shows; that
the Palestinian Authority is not taking the necessary steps" to halt violence,
"We know very well that the most loyal forces of (Palestinian leader Yasser)
Arafat are involved in attacks," Sharon said. However, he did not directly Ijnk
Arafat loyalists to yesterday's bombing.
The unidentified Palestinian attacker detonated the bomb just before 9 a~nm. at
a busy street corner in the coastal resort town of Netanya. The force hurled a~c
into the air, shattered shop windows and crumpled street stalls in the city's cen-
tral market area. The Israeli dead included an 85-year-old man and two woriben,
Israeli officials said.
Clinton considers questioning on p ardons
Former President Clinton is considering an offer to be questioned in private by
senators about his last-minute pardons, an aide said yesterday.
The Republican leading the Senate's pardons investigation said he thinks Ce
ton "may be inclined" to accept the offer, while the former president's spokes-
woman said it was too early to say what might happen.
Senate leaders, treading gingerly over the prospect of trying to compgl.C~in-
ton's testimony about his 176 last-minute pardons and( commutations, have;sug-
gested a meeting with Seni. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and a Democrat as a way of
"getting to the basic facts,", Specter said.
Clinton's spokeswoman, JIulia Payne, respondled: "With all due respect to Scirator
Specter, it is very premature to talk about what the president may or may not d&'7
She said Clinton had no time frame for making a decision about the proposal.
Specter, who heads the Seniate Judiciary Committee's investigation, said he
discussed tie option with Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) as well as
thle committee chairman, Republican Orrin I latch of Utah, and other SenateleIa
ers. l ie detai led the proposal in a letter to Clinton last week.°-

[Former first lady Nancy Reagan christens carrier named for her husband,
Ronald, as president George W. Bush looks on yesterday in NewportNews, Va.


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IRA suspected in
blast outside BBC
Raising the specter of a campaign i
of attacks by opponents of the peace
pr~ocess in Northern Ireland, a power-
ful bomb blamed by police on IRA
dissidents went off early yesterday
outside the British Broadcasting
Corp.'s television center. One man
was hurt.
Britain was on high alert againtst
new attacks following thle blast,
whiich Pri me Minister Tony Blair
deiiouiiced as a "cowardly act." HeI
said it would not deter peace efforts
in Northern Ireland.
"There are those outside the peace
process who are set onl trying to turn
the clock back to the days before the
gjood Friday Agreement," Blair said
through a spokesman, referring to the
province's 1998 peace accord.
"We will not allow them to take our
focus fromt working with all parties to,
miove the process Oil."
Drug companies
sue South Africa
Near ly everiy major phiarmaceuti-
cal company in the world is sui n0
lhe govcrnmint 01.South Africa in a
case viewed as a landmark in the
battle to get cheap AIDS medica-
tion to many of the w~orld's poorest
C oun tries.
The niore than three dozen compa-
nies argue that a 1997 South African
law allowing the governmient to import

or produce cheap, generic vcrsions of
patented drugs is too broad+ and unfair-
ly targets drug manufacturers. :Thcv
plan to ask the Pretoria High Court to
invalidate the law in hearings beg~in-
ning Monday.
The government, AIDS activists and
international human rights groyps say
the drug companies are trying tq wri0*
profits out of a public health nightmiare
that threatens to devastate South
Africa and dozens of other imnpover-
ished countries.
Bad weather cripples
crash recovery
Military officials battled s.1e
muddy conditions ycsterd$ y aW
they worked to recover the remains
of 2 1 National Guard personnel
killed when their twin-engine. G-23
Sherpa crashed in a field in heavy
Officials weren't sure how. fong
the recovery would take because of
deep mud in the area, which has
had nearly 4 itichles of rain over rthf
"It's a quagmire," said Lt. vCol.:
Deborah Bertrand, a Robins'~ Air
F~orce Base spokeswomani.
Three Army personnel and 18 Air
National Gjuard members were
killed when the tranjsport plaIne
crashed Saturday morning south of
Macon and burst into flame.
Officials said there were two debris
fields: one 400-feet-by-400-feet aiid a1
sm aller one about a quarter-mile away.
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