The US Senate approved the admission of Poland, Hungary, and the
Czech Republic to NATO by an 80-to-19 vote. President Clinton
expressed delight in the "overwhelming margin" of the decision. The
House has no say in treaty matters.
The president signed into law an emergency spending bill aides
suggested he would veto. It provides $6 billion for weather-related
disasters and for US troops in Bosnia and the Gulf - but not a cent
for either the International Monetary Fund or the UN. Clinton's
national security adviser said it would be a "body blow" to US
credibility if Congress failed to pay the nation's UN debt and
contribute to the IMF.
Some congressional Democrats threatened to withdraw support for
the IMF. House minority leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri and
Democratic whip David Bonior of Michigan were among those who said
the agency should link its loans to improvements in human rights and
The lawyer for Clinton friend Webster Hubbell said there was no
chance his client would succumb to pressure of a new criminal
indictment and make a deal with Whitewater prosecutors. The comment
came after a grand jury indicted Hubbell, his wife, and two advisers
on 10 tax-related counts, creating a new incentive for the former
associate attorney general to cooperate in the inquiry. Prosecutors
are reportedly focusing on more than $500,000 in consulting fees
paid to Hubbell shortly after he left the Justice Department.
The Clinton administration is seeking to scrap a law that would
impose a one-year moratorium on US use of antipersonnel land mines,
The New York Times reported. The moratorium was signed into law two
years ago, but only comes into effect next Feb. 12. Its drafters
reportedly hoped the measure would spur the Pentagon to search for
alternatives to antipersonnel mines. The US has refused to sign a
treaty that would ban the weapons.
A measure to create an advisory commission to see if improperly
acquired Holocaust-era assets are located in the US was approved by
the Senate. The presidential commission would look into Holocaust-
related assets that arrived in the US from 1933 to 1945.
Police in riot gear fired tear gas to disperse thousands of
Michigan State University students who were protesting an alcohol
ban. The incident stemmed from a university decision to ban alcohol
in Munn Field, where students hold tailgate parties before and after
home football games. Police said the protest began at the field,
then moved to downtown East Lansing, where bonfires were set and the
crowd swelled to more than 2,000 people. Nine were arrested on
disorderly conduct charges.
A record percentage of high school graduates enrolled in college
last fall, the Labor Department said. Sixty-seven percent of those
graduating from high school a year ago reportedly went on to college
- up from 65 percent in the prior year. That was the highest
percentage since the department began collecting the data in 1960.
The space shuttle Columbia was to return to Florida's Kennedy
Space Center after a 16-day science mission. The crew discovered a
hydraulic-power problem on the shuttle, but the US space agency said
the malfunction should not affect Columbia's landing.
A college professor lost her bid to overturn a Georgia Board of
Regents' rule barring state-college teachers from seeking federal
office. Christina Jeffrey, who teaches political science at Kennesaw
State, had wanted to oppose House Speaker Newt Gingrich, but a US
district judge upheld a ruling that professors cannot run for seats
in Congress because they handle government grants and could unduly
Growth in Americans' personal income slackened in March to the
slowest pace in eight months, the Commerce Department said. The
income gain in March was 0.3 percent.
After a marathon meeting in Brussels, European Union leaders
elected Dutchman Wim Duisenberg as the first president of the
bank that will launch a single currency Jan. …