2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Democrats win in NJ. and Virginia
NEWS IN BRIEF
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Democrats
rolled to victory in the New Jersey and
Virginia gubernatorial races last night,
recapturing seats Republicans have held
for the last eight years.
Though the races turned more on
local dynamics than on national themes,
the twin gubernatorial wins by venture
capitalist Mark Warner in Virginia and
Woodbridge Mayor James E.
McGreevey in New Jersey gave Democ-
rats optimism about their prospects
against the GOP in next year's midterm
"It's never a good sign to lose elec-
tions badly," said Bruce Reed, president
of the centrist Democratic Leadership
Republicans immediately countered
that the Democratic triumphs were
unlikely to signal any broader pattern in
2002. "Both Demgcrats ran as center-
right Republicans," insisted Trent Duffy,
communication director at the Republi-
can National Committee. "In 2002, vot-
ers will be able to vote for the real
National Republican leaders had been
concerned for weeks about the
prospects of their gubernatorial candi-
dates, former Jersey City Mayor Bret
Schundler and former Virginia Attorney
General Mark Earley. Several hours
before the polls closed yesterday,
Republican National Committee offi-
cials seemed to acknowledge defeat by
e-mailing reporters a memo on why
they should not view the results as a
slap at'President Bush.
Late results showed McGreevey hold-
ing a double-digit advantage, while
Warner's win was solid, but narrower
The New Jersey and Virginia guber-
natorial races have attracted increased
attention in recent years as the initial
tests of voter sentiment in the first year
of a new presidential term. But this year
they were eclipsed by the long shadow
of the Sept. 11 hijackings and the subse-
quent anthrax attacks.
Even leading Democrats, such as
party chairman Terry McAuliffe, agreed
that Democratic victories could not be
seen as a sign of dissatisfaction with
Bush, who now enjoys some of the
highest presidential job approval ratings
ever recorded. But Democrats took'
heart from the converse: The wins by
Warner and McGreevey suggested that
Bush's astronomical ratings offer no
guarantee of success for Republicans
Bush "didn't have coattails before (in
2000) and he doesn't have coattails
now," McAuliffe said last night.
Bush did not campaign in either state,
though he signed letters and recorded
automated telephone calls for the two
Both McGreevey and Warner are
comeback winners. McGreevey narrow-
ly lost the New Jersey gubernatorial
race four years ago to Christie Whit-
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner votes in Alexandria, Va.
Warner was declared the winner in the race with nearly complete returns last night.
Bush vows to keep weapons from 'evil'
President Bush pledged yesterday "to keep relentless military pressure" on
Osama bin Laden and his Taliban protectors in Afghanistan, saying it was essen-
tial to keep terrorists from acquiring nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
"This is an evil man we're dealing with and I wouldn't put it past him to
develop evil weapons to try to harm civilization as we know it," Bush said at the
White House after meeting with French President Jacques Chirac.
Bush said he didn't know for sure whether bin Laden and his al-Qaida organi-
zation have such weapons.
But, he added, "He announced that this was his intention and I believe we
need to take him seriously."
Earlier, in comments via video satellite link to a meeting in Poland of leaders
of fonner Soviet bloc countries, Bush compared the fight against terrorism to a
new Cold War and Afghanistan's Taliban leaders to the totalitarian rulers who
enslaved much of Europe a half century ago.
"Today our freedom is threatened once again," he said.
Leaders at the conference, many eager to bring their ex-communist countries
under the West's NATO's military umbrella, greeted the remarks with warm
Fed pakes tenth interest rate cut of year
The Federal Reserve dropped a key interest rate to its lowest level in 40 years as it
battled to prevent the "heightened uncertainty" following the terrorist attacks from
sending the country into a deep recession.
The Fed yesterday slashed its federal funds rate, the key benchmark for overnight
loans, by a half-point to 2 percent and signaled that it was prepared to continue cut-
ting if conditions deteriorate further.
"The Fed is telling us they are really worried and they will likely move again at
their December meeting," said David Seiders, chief economist at the National Asso-
ciation of Home Builders.
Wall Street rallied on the news, given that investors had been split over whether
the Fed would move by a half-point or a quarter-point. The Dow Jones industrial
average ended the day up 150.09 points at 9,591.12, it best close since the attacks
and within 14 points of its Sept. 10 level. Other indexes posted gains as well, with
the technology-heavy Nasdaq up 41.43 to 1,835.08.
The latest rate cut, the 10th this year, was taken against a backdrop of increasingly
gloomy statistics indicating that the nation's longest economic expansion has ended.
man, now head of the Environmental
Protection Agency. Warner, a former
Virginia Democratic Party chair who
made a fortune as a venture capitalist,
lost to Republican John Warner in the
1996 senatorial contest.
The twin victories give the Democ-
rats 21 governors; the GOP has 27, and
there are two independents. That is the
highest number of governorships the
Democrats have held since 1994.
In next year's midterm election, vot-
ers will choose governors in 36 states,
along with 34 senators and all 435
members of the House of Representa-
In both New Jersey and Virginia, the
candidates struggled to catch the atten-
tion of a thoroughly distracted elec-
But even in a more conventional envi-
ronment, these first races have been an
imperfect predictor of voter intentions in
the larger midterm elections that follow
the next year. In 1993, a GOP sweep of
the two gubernatorial contests, as well
as of the New York and Los Angeles
mayoral races, presaged the party land-
slide in 1994. But Republicans swept all
four contests again in 1997 and lost
ground in the House and gubernatorial
races the next year.
Bush: $40B for anti-terrorism enough
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush promised
congressional leaders yesterday he would veto any
emergency legislation that exceeds the $40 billion
Congress has already provided for anti-terrorism
The pledge, which the president conveyed to leading
lawmakers at a White House meeting, put Bush in the
position of opposing Democrats and some Republi-
cans who say more money is needed to finance an
escalating war in Afghanistan and to protect the coun-
try from bioterrorism, more airline hijackings and
Bush told the leaders that the $40 billion was
"enough ... and he'll veto anything over that," House+
Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-ll.) told a reporter.
And one senior administration official present at thes
meeting said that according to notes he took, Bush
said, "If I need to, I'll veto the bill."1
Citing a worry that federal spending will skyrocket<
out of control, the White House - with the support of food safety and butt:
GOP congressional leaders wants any additional programs. House A
increases to be postponed until next year. man Bill Young (R
At the Roosevelt Room meeting, White House bud- money for the FBI,
get chief Mitchell Daniels told the leaders that though airline security.
the $40 billion emergency package was approved just Asked about livi
days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, only about $3 package, Young told
billion has been spent so far, said one official familiar doesn't sit well with
with the session. - the aisle who recog
By January, about $21.7 billion is likely to be com- needs that aren't beir
mitted to spending, Daniels said. The spending disp
Hastert and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R- even as the federal b
Miss.) support the president's position. But that view is steadily dimmed.
disputed by Democrats and many Republicans on the Last August, ther
House and Senate Appropriations committees, which Office projected a $
control much of the $2 trillion federal budget. which began Oct. 1.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert and the expected cost
Byrd (D-W.Va.) has proposed an additional $20 billion congressional budge
aimed at securing highways, airports, water systems, will probably be a do
.wal continues, amid
army moved into the six injured, said that when his team arrived, menb
lestinian militants assassi- an Israeli soldier told him one Palestin- patrol
Minister Rehavam Zeevi ian was dead and two were wounded. Col
When crew members asked to treat cornm
day, Palestinian militants the wounded, the soldiers told them to that th
raeli army patrol south of wait, he told The Associated Press. tinians
k town of Nablus. Three El Hinai said he was standing about fight.
ad one Israeli were killed 50 yards from the Palestinians, who "I p
e firefight, villagers and were on the ground. "About seven or Cresc
but they differed over the eight soldiers, they made a circle and I acco
surrounded the bodies and opened fire deadt
aid all three Palestinians on the ground," he said. ambul
ring the exchange of fire. Afterward, the Red Crescent team He
uthorities accused the members asked again if they could treat KalasI
s of executing wounded the wounded. The soldier responded the two p
after emergency crews Palestinians were all now dead, he said. and 70
them, and they demand- All three had bullets in their heads, Els
onal inquiry. said the director of Rafidia hospital, Dr. a car
Jinai, a first aid worker Hussam el Jouhary. camp,
estinian Red Crescent In a written statement, the Hamas ian lea
vice who went to treat the militant group said only that three of its ment,I
ressing law enforcement and other
kppropriations Committee Chair-
R-Fla.) has also called for more
Coast Guard, the border patrol and
ng within the initial S40 billion
reporters earlier in the day, "That
a lot of members on both sides of
nize, as I do, that there are other
ute has been escalating for weeks,
udget outlook for the new year has
nonpartisan Congressional Budget
176 billion surplus for fiscal 2002,
But as the economy has stagnated
ts of battling terrorism have grown,
t writers have estimated that there
Juble-digit billion dollar deficit.
crs.,operfed fire on an Israeli arm
and were killed.
. Yossi Adiri, the army's brigade.
nander in the Nablus area, denied
he soldiers killed wounded Pales-
s, saying they all died in the fire-
personally allowed the entire Red
:nt ambulance team into the area.
)mpanied them. They saw three
terrorists and returned to their
ance," he said.
said the Palestinians had a
hnikov assault rifle, an M-16 and
istols and had fired between 60
ewhere in the northern West Bank,
exploded in the Jenin refugee
killing two members of Palestin-
ader Yasser Arafat's Fatah move-
Fatah officials said.
Coalition splits over
The coalition of states that held firm
throughout the Microsoft monopoly
case splintered yesterday, with some
planning to settle and some pressing on.
Last-minute negotiations prompted
nine states to join the Justice Depart-
ment in settling antitrust charges
against the software maker.
Nine other states and the District of
Columbia are continuing with the land-
mark litigation, leaving U.S. District
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to decide
how Microsoft ultimately should be
"We've parted ways in some respects
today," said Iowa Attorney General
Tom Miller, a leader of the coalition of
The judge, scheduled a hearing to,
determine whether it was in the public
interest to accept the settlement, and set
a timetable allowing the remaining
states to argue for tougher penalties.
car bomb; 95 injured
A car bomb rocked a busy Madrid
area during morning rush hour yester-
day, injuring 95 people, authorities said.
Within an hour, police arrested a man
and a woman suspected of setting off
the explosion for the Basque separatist
The bomb mangled more than a
dozen cars and shattered windows along
Corazon de Maria street in northeastern
Madrid as thousands of people headed
to nearby offices and schools. The street
parallels the main highway to the inter-
national airport and is in one of the cap-
ital's busiest areas.
Interior Minister Mariano Rajoy said
the bombers' target appeared to be
Juan Junquera, secretary general of the
government's scientific policy depart-
ment, whose official car was passing
by when the bomb went off. Junquera,
a former interior and defense ministry
official, was slightly injured.
FDA approves using
ecstasy in research
Researchers have gained government
approval to test the drug "Ecstasy" as a
treatment of post-traumatic stress disor-
der for the first time since the drug was
criminalized in 1985.
The decision was made this week by
the Food and Drug*Administration and
marks a shift for the agency,which has
virtually banned the drug from
researchers for more than a decade.
' The trial has not yet been approved
by a review board at the Medical Uni-
versity of South Carolina, the proposed
site for the research.
If the university accepts the plan, the
test will be supervised by the husband
and wife team of Dr. Michael Mithoe-
fer, a psychiatrist, and Annie Mithoefer,
a psychiatric nurse in Charleston.
Michael Mithoefer said the fact that
Ecstasy is a hot commodity among
some teens should not impede
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's
defense minister ordered his forces yes-
terday to leave the West Bank town of
Ramallah, continuing a staged pullout
from six towns the Israelis took over
after the killing of an Israeli Cabinet
Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-
Eliezer said in a statement that Israel
would turn Ramallah over to Palestinian
commanders, who would be responsible
The incursions have drawn repeated
demands from the United States that
After it leaves Ra'mallah, the seat of
Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority in
the West Bank, Israel will still control of
parts of two other towns - Jenin and
Tulkarem. No time for the withdrawal
from Ramallah was announced.
towns after Pa
on Oct. 17.
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