2 - The Michigan Daily -- Friday, March 30, 2001
Bush pledges support in Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush pledged
yesterday to help end the Mideast's "tragic cycle of
incitement, provocation and violence," telling the
Palestinians to stop their killing and urging restraint
from the Israeli military. But he said he won't try to
force a settlement.
In an impromptu news conference mixing domes-
tiC and foreign policy, the president also told Con-
gress it must not bypass his massive 10-year tax cut
in a rush to short-term reductions and promised to
reduce the arsenic levels of U.S. drinking water.
In a 30-minute session shortly before meeting
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Bush pre-
empted his visitor by rejecting calls by Germany
and other allies to back a global warming treaty.
"We will not do anything that harms our economy,"
It was the new president's second full-scale news
conference and, like the first, came with little notice.
Advisers say Bush hopes to avoid formal, prime-
time news conferences from the White House East
Room with their accompanying buildup of expecta-
He seemed to enjoy the session yesterday, joshing
with reporters who tried to interrupt his answers and
pardoning one whose beeper sounded. When Bush
said Americans might "misunderestimate" his tax
plan, he corrected himself with a chuckle.
"Excuse me. Underestimate," he said. "Just mak-
ing sure you were paying attention."
Bush spoke as fresh clashes and harsh rhetoric
scarred the Middle East. A defiant Yasser Arafat said
the Palestinian uprising will continue despite Israel's
warnings, which were delivered a day earlier with
rocket attacks on the bases of Palestinian forces.
Bush has been urging both sides to end the vio-
lence but his actions have been subdued, in contrast
to former President Clinton who personally mediat-
ed failed peace talks.
Bush's remarks yesterday seemed to signal a more
assertive, direct role in the Middle East though his
outline of U.S. policy still stressed rhetoric over per-
He urged Palestinian leaders to speak out against
violence and suggested that Arafat won't be invited
to the White House along with other regional lead-
ers until he does so "in a language that the Palestini-
ans can understand."
"The signal I am sending to the Palestinians is
stop the violence," Bush said. "I hope that Chairman
Arafat hears it loud and clear."
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House passes proposal to cut taxes
The House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to cut income taxes for most
married couples and to gradually double the $500-per-child tax credit,
endorsing two major pieces of President Bush's $1.6 trillion tax relief plaO
A few hours after the 282-144 vote, which included 64 Democrats in
favor, the House Ways and Means Committee approved a third component of
the Bush plan: a measure that would eliminate the estate tax by 2011 at a
cost of almost $193 billion. That bill is expected to reach the House floor
Before the votes, Bush told a news conference that Congress was well on
the way to enacting "meaningful, real, long-lasting tax relief," even though
the legislation that is speeding through the House faces almost certain
change in the Senate, which is divided evenly between 50 Democrats and 50
Republicans. The House has already passed Bush's package of $958 billion
in across-the-board income tax cuts.
Bush repeated that he would not back away from his $1.6 trillion fi~e
over 10 years and that any short-term economic stimulus tax relief - such
as a $300 individual tax rebate suggested by Senate Democrats - must be
part of a broader plan.
RAMALLAH, West Bank
Arafat vows to forge ahead with revolt
A defiant Yasser Arafat, inspecting the charred rubble left by Israeli airstrikes
on the headquarters of his elite security forces here, vowed to forge ahead with
the 6-month-old Palestinian revolt despite the ominous warnings of Isoli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
"Our people will continue the uprising until we raise the Palestinian flag on
every minaret and church in Jerusalem," the Palestinian Authority president said.
He accused Sharon of launching a 100-day military offensive against Palestinian
Sharon said he was firing the opening shot in a "protracted campaign against
Clashes and gun battles raged again yesterday, with at least three more Pales-
tinians - a police officer and two teens - killed and eight wounded. In the
tense divided city of Hebron, where a Jewish baby was killed Monday, Israeli
army tanks shelled Palestinian houses after gunmen reportedly were spotted
inside. The renewed fighting came a day after Israeli combat helicopters rockd
the headquarters, training camp and arms depot of Arafat's presidential guard.
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Senate repares to
pass reform bill
Legislation to cleanse the nation's
scandal-scarred campaign finance
system moved to the brink of Senate
passage yesterday after Sen. John
McCain and his allies prevailed in a
showdown to ease the impact of the
Supreme Court's inevitable constitu-
"I believe that we've gone over
the last hurdle but I just don't
know," McCain (R-Ariz.) said after
the 57-43 vote that indicated the
high court should make its ruling
section by section rather than
upholding or rejecting the three
main elements as a package.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),
the measure's most outspoken oppo-
nent, said, "This bill is going to pass
... and if I were a betting man I'd bet
it's going to be signed into law."
TWO civilians killed
in Kosovo bombing
Mortar shells struck a village just
inside Kosovo yesterday, killing at
least two civilians including an Asso-
ciated Press Television News journal-
ist, as fighting intensified between
Macedonian forces and ethnic Alban-
NATO-led international peacekeep-
ers set up a field hospital to treat at
least 16 wounded, and American sol-
diers searched for other possible vic-
tims in Krivenik, just three-quarters
of a mile inside Kosovo's border with
The attack on the village came as
Macedonia's government said a suc-
cessful army offensive had driven
back the rebels, who maintain they
are fighting for greater rights d
recognition for ethnic Albania nn
the Slav-dominated country. But the
rebels suggested they were merely
regrouping in the rugged and largely
Court: Laws do not
An appeals court ruled Thur*y
that federal civil rights laws do not
protect homosexual workers harassed
because of their sexual orientation.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals, upholding a similar decision
in 1979, said the law protects workers
against discrimination only on the
basis of race, color, religion, gender or
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