President Clinton says he will veto the bill to lift the Bosnian
arms embargo. But he must now find the votes to avoid an override.
Both congressional chambers approved the measure with veto-proof
votes: 298 to 128 in the House on Tuesday; 69 to 29 in the Senate
last week. Clinton argues that lifting the embargo will prompt
allies to withdraw their UN soldiers with help from the US, putting
25,000 US troops in the line of fire. Congressional supporters say
Bosnian Muslims need weapons for self-defense against the Serbs.
Two networks. Two deals. Two days. Westinghouse confirmed its
$5.4 billion buyout of CBS on Tuesday, the day after Disney
announced a $19 billion takeover of Capital-Cities/ABC. The spate
of deals could prompt more buyout offers, analysts said, including
a higher bid for CBS. (Editorial, Page 20.)
At 3:30 a.m. yesterday, California passed a budget. It was one
month late. At the last minute, Governor Wilson dropped his demand
for five budget-related bills.
Hurricane Erin dwindled to a tropical storm early yesterday.
(Story, Page 4.)
Excerpts from the Unabomber's manifesto appeared yesterday in
the New York Times and the Washington Post. The elusive terrorist,
who is thought to be responsible for a 17-year string of deadly
bombings, has said he will stop the attacks if all of the
treatise's 35,000 words are printed. The papers said Tuesday they
had not decided whether to print the full text. The FBI meanwhile,
contacted many universities - including some in Chicago, Salt Lake
City, and northern California - where the Unabomber may have taken
history of science classes.
The economy may be gaining momentum again. In its first rise
this year, the Index of Leading Indicators - which forecasts
economic trends six to nine months ahead - rose 0.2 percent in
June, the Commerce Department reported yesterday.
One in five Americans thinks White House Counsel Vincent Foster
was murdered. Nearly half think the White House is covering
something up, a Time/CNN poll released Tuesday found. FBI, Park
Service, and Justice Department officials were to testify yesterday
in congressional hearings.
"We have found no major conspiracies," Waco hearings' GOP
co-chair, Congressman Zeliff, said after the final day of testimony
Tuesday. While Attorney General Reno placed blame for 80 Davidian
deaths on leader David Koresh, she admitted about the raid: "I
don't know what the right answer was." Democrats say the hearings
were fruitless. The GOP says they focused attention on two reckless
agencies - the FBI and the ATF.
In the controversial trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is sentenced
to die on Aug. 17 in Philadelphia for the 1981 killing of a
policeman, a witness said yesterday that he now remembers Abu-Jamal
saying "I shot him, I hope he dies." The former police officer says
that until recently he didn't think the confession was important.
Abu-Jamal, who once reported for the radio from death row, has
gained worldwide fame. On Tuesday a group of French writers
gathered to protest his execution. Critics say he is the victim of
a racist court system. (Story, Page 4.)
The Senate Ethics Committee wants to know whether Senator
Simpson obtained secret documents of its investigation of sexual
conduct charges against Senator Packwood. Simpson, a Packwood
defender, says that one woman who charged Packwood with harassment
actually made advances toward him. The Committee wants to know if
the basis for Simpson's claim is the committee's secret documents.
The House ethics committee is considering whether to elevate its
investigation of Speaker Gingrich's book deal with media tycoon
Rupert by hiring an outside counsel. Gingrich and Murdoch testified
recently. Democrats are calling for a formal investigation and
charge that Republicans are stalling. GOP Chairman Johnson said
Tuesday it was time to step back and assess the situation. …