A bill to deregulate cable TV rates and impose sweeping new
restraints on violence and smut on television and computer services
was set for a final vote yesterday in the Senate. Among other
provisions, the massive bill would let local and long-distance
telephone and cable companies get into each other's businesses and
free the largest electric utilities to provide an array of
telecommunications services. As an amendment to the bill, the
Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to crack down on pornography
on the Internet and commercial on-line services.
The House Judiciary Committee, drafting antiterrorism
legislation, struck two blows to gun-control opponents. The
committee approved a new definition of terrorism that includes the
use of firearms and adopted a ban on so-called cop-killer bullets
capable of piercing body armor. Both occurred over the objections
of GOP gun-control foes, and it was not clear whether the bullet
ban would stick.
After a nationwide manhunt, agents investigating the Oklahoma
City bombing found the man they called John Doe 2 but concluded
that he was not involved, the Justice Department said. The FBI is
still trying to determine if a second man helped rent a truck
believed to have carried the bomb. Federal investigators have
evidence linking the two main suspects in the case to the robbery
of an Arkansas gun dealer last November and speculate that this may
explain how the bombing was financed, the New York Times reported.
The four senators seeking the GOP nomination are all financially
comfortable, according to financial disclosure statements required
from members of Congress. The one House member running for
president, Congressman Dornan, has fewer assets than do his Senate
colleagues but no debt. As majority leader, Senator Dole has a
slightly larger congressional salary than his colleagues have -
$148,400 compared with their $133,600.
A sharp drop in May auto production caused the nation's third
straight decline in industrial output for the first time since the
1991 recession. The Federal Reserve said industrial production fell
0.2 percent last month on top of a 0.5 percent drop in April and
0.2 percent in March.
A new poll by the Times Mirror Center for the People and the
Press found that Americans are paying almost twice as much
attention to the congressional debate over Medicare spending as
they are to the O. J. Simpson murder trial or Senator Dole's
attacks on Hollywood. The only story that beat out Medicare was the
Oklahoma City bombing.
Forty-seven percent of the nation's small businesses cite taxes
as their biggest problem, and 57 percent say they think taxes will
remain their largest foe in the coming decade, a survey by Inc.
Magazine and USA Today found. (Story, Page 3.)
Finding Cuban President Castro an inviting campaign target,
three GOP presidential candidates endorsed legislation to tighten
sanctions against Cuba. Senators Dole, Gramm, and Specter also
criticized shifts in US policy toward Cuba. The administration
opposed aspects of the initial draft of the legislation, but some
of the more controversial provisions were later deleted.
Stephen Yokich took over yesterday as president of the United
Auto Workers at a pivotal point in the union's history. Yokich
succeeds Owen Bieber, who is retiring after 12 years as president.
The labor movement is battling to rebuild after more than a decade
on the defensive with many workers reluctant to align themselves
Vietnam reacted in low key yesterday to the prospect that it may
finally get full relations with the US, apparently seeking not to
put pressure on Clinton for swift action. Vietnam was reacting to
Secretary of State Christopher's recommendation to Clinton that he
establish full diplomatic relations with Hanoi.
The defense in the O. J. Simpson murder trial began
cross-examination of a coroner, who offered an approximate time of
the killings based on medical factors. …