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President Clinton was set to veto Congress's GOP-backed, $16 billion spending-cuts package, setting the stage for negotiations between the White House and Republican lawmakers. While both share the goal of $16 billion in savings, the disagreement is over which programs to cut. Clinton objects to only a narrow segment of the cuts, but both sides believe he can sustain a veto. GOP leaders indicated that the battle over plans to eliminate the deficit by 2002 will stretch into fall. Interior Secretary Babbitt said hundreds of small national parks will close if the cuts go through. (Story, Page 3.)
Clinton will unofficially kick off his reelection campaign Sunday when he gives a commencement address at Dartmouth College. House Speaker Gingrich, who says he will not seek the presidency, will travel to New Hampshire Friday, trailed by 200 journalists, C-SPAN, and helicopters. The GOP candidates are expected to stay out of Gingrich's way. Republicans, meanwhile, are raking in huge corporate campaign contributions, the Associated Press reported.
After striking compromises, the Senate was expected to pass Clinton's new antiterrorism package yesterday. The president dropped his objections to GOP-backed limits on appeals by death-row inmates, and Republicans adopted two Clinton amendments: expanding the limits of wiretapping and allowing the use of the military in terrorist cases involving chemical and biological weapons. Meanwhile, the federal judge weighing evidence against Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry Nichols said he denied bail because the weight of evidence against Nichols was so great.
The House Judiciary Committee was expected to approve a Constitutional amendment banning flag desecration. Forty-nine state legislatures have passed the amendment, which Clinton opposes on the grounds of freedom of expression.
Senator Packwood is to meet with the Senate Ethics Committee in closed session June 27 to discuss charges of unwanted sexual advances toward women.
Denver Mayor Wellington Webb won reelection to a second term, defeating councilwoman Mary DeGroot after a campaign marked by racial divisiveness.
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that regulations that hold down cable TV rates are acceptable. The regulations reportedly have saved customers $3.5 billion since 1993. The cable industry renewed calls for Congress to lift the price controls. The same court upheld regulations to restrict children's exposure to indecent programs on cable channels leased to local groups. "Sesame Street," meanwhile, laid off 12 percent of its work force and expects a $2.5 million operating deficit for the fiscal year starting July 1, the New York Times reported.
The birth rate for unmarried women has surged since 1980, with the rate for white women nearly doubling. The overall rate is up more than 50 percent, the National Center for Health Statistics said. Meanwhile, the health of America's youth is declining as a result of pregnancy, violence, and drug and alcohol abuse, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported. Positive relationships with parents help youths resist drugs and alcohol, the report said.
Nine female CIA employees said a proposed $990,000 settlement of their sex-discrimination complaint is too weak to guarantee protection from the unfair practices they claim stunted their careers. Against the advice of their original lawyers, they are expected to ask a federal judge Friday to kill the settlement.
The Federal Reserve needs to be alert to the risks of recession in its policy decisions, according to Alan Blinder, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. He cited the recent sharp slowdown in the economy but added that a recession still could be avoided.
Philip Morris Inc. will remove cigarette ads the Justice Department contended had been placed in sports stadiums and arenas to circumvent a 24-year-old ban on TV cigarette advertising. The government said in court papers that the company's signs had appeared in TV sports coverage in 33 such locations.
Bosnian Serbs freed 108 UN hostages at the border town of Novi Sad yesterday. Serbia's president promised the remaining 148 captive UN peacekeepers would be released this week. US Defense Secretary Perry told Congress that US troops might be sent to help extract UN peacekeepers only as a last resort. He said pulling the peacekeepers out, however, would lead to "humanitarian disaster." A Bosnian Serb spokesman said Serbs aren't holding an American pilot shot down last week. Germany sent 30 air force personnel on a reconnaissance mission to Italy ahead of a possible deployment of Tornado jets. Russia said it backs the deployment of a NATO force in Bosnia as long as it remains under UN command. Heavy fighting erupted yesterday in Sarajevo. (Story, Page 1.)