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Congress nears agreement on terror bill
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Under heavy pressure
from the Bush administration, Senate negotia-
tors yesterday night neared agreement on a
bipartisan anti-terrorism bill as a key House
panel put the finishing touches on its own ver-
sion of the legislation. Civil liberties groups,
meanwhile, warned that lawmakers were over-
looking constitutional flaws in their rush to
meet the administration's timetable.
A day after Attorney General John Ashcroft
accused Senate Democrats of dragging their
feet, Democrats and Republicans on the Senate
Judiciary Committee were "optimistic" about
the prospect of reaching agreement with the
administration - possibly by late yesterday
evening - on the final shape of the bill, said a
spokesman for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
who chairs the committee.
Leahy on Tuesday had accused the administra-
tion of causing the delay by reneging on an earlier
agreement on several key provisions of the bill,
which is aimed at strengthening police powers in
the aftermath of the Sept. I1 terrorist attacks.
On the other side of the Capitol, members of
the House Judiciary Committee were making
final adjustments to a bipartisan anti-terrorism
bill that emerged Monday after days of inten-
sive negotiations. Chairman F. James Sensen-
brenner Jr. (R-Wis.) said the committee would
vote on the bill sometime during the night in
the expectation that it would arrive on the
House floor early next week.
The rapid pace of the legislation through
Congress has alarmed some civil liberties
advocates, who suggest that the administration
is bullying lawmakers to overlook constitution-
al issues that merit greater scrutiny.
"People are being told that if they do not
sign onto this bill they will be blamed for the
next terrorist act," said Jerry Berman, director
of the Center for Democracy and Technology,
which objects to some of the bill's provisions
for enhancing police powers to conduct elec-
tronic surveillance. "People are being coerced."
Lawmakers say they are taking care to pro-
tect civil liberties even as they acknowledge the
urgency of expanding police powers to deal
with what Ashcroft has described as the "clear
and present danger" of another terrorist attack.
They' also are moving quickly to strengthen
money-laundering laws aimed at breaking up
terrorist financial networks.
"There is a good deal of movement ... and
I'm hopeful that both the counterterrorism bill
and the banking money-laundering bill can be
taken up, hopefully simultaneously, next
week," Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle
(D-S.D.) told reporters yesterday.
To streamline the process,. Daschle said he
would like to skip the normal step of submit-
ting the bill to a committee vote and bring it
straight to the Senate floor if possible.
Members of the House committee did not
seem inclined Wednesday night to make major
changes to the compromise bill. But they also
aired a fair amount of criticism, some of which
Sensenbrenner said he would consider in
proposing changes on the House floor.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), for example,
said that while he appreciates the need to
expand police surveillance powers, he also
worries that innocent people could be harmed
by the public release of secret information.
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Congress moved yesterday to lift
economic sanctions against Pakistan while British Prime
Minister Tony Blair prepared to travel to Islamabad, the lat-
st steps by the United States and its allies to improve rela-
tions with a regime treated as an outcast before the war on
Blair's trip, tentatively set for tomorrow, would make him
perhaps the highest level Western visitor since Gen. Pervez
Musharraf seized power in a 1999 coup d'etat. The plans
were announced by the Pakistani government; Britain
declined to confirm it for security reasons.
Before the Sept. I1 attacks on the United States,
Blair had been a harsh critic of the Musharraf govern-
ent, endorsing a campaign to suspend Pakistan from
he Commonwealth, a group of former British
On Capitol Hill, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
agreed to speed legislation lifting sanctions imposed on
Pakistan in 1998 after the country exploded a nuclear
device and tightened a year later after Musharraf's coup.
The measure also would clear the way for a resumption of
U.S. foreign aid to Pakistan, which once totaled more than
$500 million a year but was ended in 1990 because the
country was developing nuclear arms.
And in another indication of how world politics seem to
ave changed since the terrorist attacks, Russian President
ladimir V Putin met with leaders of the European Union
and NATO in Brussels, Belgium. They agreed to increased
cooperation on defense and security issues.
"For some 40 years, NATO and Russia have sat and
glowered at each other," said NATO. secretary-general
George Robertson. "For another 10 years, we tiptoed
around each other. But now I believe that we are entering an
era where substantial and practical cooperation is going to
build a unique relationship between us."
Also yesterday, Secretary of State Colin Powell dis-
ussed relations with Pakistan and other elements of the
war on terrorism with members of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee at the State Department.
Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), chairman of the panel,
said the lawmakers urged the administration to take its
time in launching a retaliatory strike against
Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden and his terrorist
network have their headquarters.
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ongress indicated that a consensus was forming.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) sug-
gested roughly $50 billion.
"Senate Democrats feel that is an appropriate size," he
said. "This is deficit spending once again and its very
disconcerting to many of us. But I don't know that
there's an alternative. We are in an economic and mili-
tary and security emergency."
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate
Finance Committee, said he would like to include a tempo-
rary cut in payroll taxes to help the 30 million low-income
mericans who did not receive any assistance from the tax
rebate checks this year. Baucus also suggested an extension
in unemployment benefits and tax relief to businesses to
encourage them to make new investments in plant and
equipment next year.
O'Neill said the administration is considering all
those proposals. He said the administration also is look-
ing at establishing emergency grants that would help
governors respond to concerns raised by the terrorist
attacks, such as helping laid-off workers pay for health
All sides urged caution to make sure the stimulus pack-
e does not become so large that it pushes the country
ack into huge budget deficits that could force up long-term
In his comments in New York, Bush did not dismiss the
possibility that spending in the wake of the terrorist attack
could put the federal budget back into deficit. He said
urgent priorities need to be addressed.
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same thing that we normally do," Michigan State senior
defenseman Andrew Hutchinson said. "Running our
normal systems, trying to work the kinks out at the
beginning of the year, getting onto the ice a couple
times a day."
Also important to Michigan State is the preparation of
Hobey Baker winning goaltender Ryan Miller. In his
sophomore year, Miller became only the second goal-
tender to win college hockey's most valuable player award.
He had a 1.32 goals against average with 30 wins and a
.950 save percentage - an NCAA record.
As a goalie, Miller has to adjust to the ice surface, the
boards and the open area around him.
"The boards here at Munn (Ice Arena) are pretty consis-
tent, you know what you're going to get," said Miller. "But
there you are getting new boards and there is definitely
going to be a bounce factor. I will definitely be out there
as early as possible getting guys to rip shots off the boards
at me and see how rebounds go up and how they are going
to come back."'
As one of the team leaders, Miller is trying to go
through his life as he ordinarily would and maintain focus,
in an attempt to allow the team to focus at the task at hand
- playing hockey. But even Miller admits that as Satur-
day is getting closer, he is starting to get more anxious
about the game with each approaching day.
"Three months ago you are being asked the same ques-
tions and you are relaxed about it," Miller said. "But as it
gets closer your real emotions start coming out and you
get more nervous about it. We have to make sure to bring
the hockey game and let the fans bring the event."
The Spartans may get their first look at the ice tonight if
it is ready. This will be the first chance that either team
will have to get a feel to the ice on the field.
"I think it will be important to feel out the ice, the
boards and how the puck is going to bounce off it,"
Hutchinson said. "It is also a different size ice then we are
used to here. It is just about getting used to the surface and
the atmosphere, how it could be and preparing for foul
With Michigan getting only one practice on the ice
before the Saturday's game, an additional practice for
Michigan State could give them a sizeable advantage.
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development could be stalled.
"Major new initiatives are put on
hold," Dixon said. "I don't think there
will be any new initiatives.... Certainly
there will be fewer of them and not on
the scale" as the Life Sciences Initiative.
While the deans will work to keep
Bollinger's agenda alive after he leaves,
LSA Dean Shirley Neuman said in an e-
mail she is confident Bollinger designed
many of his projects in the college to be
carried on without him, including the
development of the creative writing pro-
gram and the biology department.
"The University of Michigan will
benefit from his leadership for many
decades, whether or not he continues
here," she said. "The greatness of a uni-
versity such as this does not rest on a
single person, even when that person is
a very distinguished President. All of us
- faculty, students, staff, administra-
tion - are part of the greatness of
Other deans expressed mixed reac-
tions about Bollinger's decision. Med-
ical School Dean Allen Lichter said
while many of Bollinger's programs are
strong enough to support themselves,
the course of other University initiatives
such as fundraising, may need to be
"The University was in the process of
making a major thrust in funding and
philanthropy and I think that is always
easiest with a strong leadership and con-
tinuity at the top," Lichter said. "I think
we must assess that entire program as to
whether it should go forward now or
whether it be held until a permanent
president is in place."
Another concern voiced by students
and faculty is whether officers of
Bollinger's executive board will follow
him to New York.
"The executive officers of Fleming
have been great to work with this past
year and I would hope they won't be
leaving with him," said Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly President Matt Nolan.
"One of the big things that made
Bollinger successful is that he brought
in people who are very good in the areas
they work in and he allowed them to do
things in their areas to make them
Bollinger's impending departure will
leave a significant gap in the administra-
tion, made all the more noticeable by
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