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There are more videotapes of White House finance-related coffees than those recently handed over to congressional investigators, the White House said. President Clinton called it "just an accident" that the videotapes weren't handed over sooner. But Sen. Fred Thompson (R) of Tennessee said he wants to question White House officials under oath to determine why they falsely assured investigators in September that such tapes didn't exist.
Portions of those videotapes were likely to be played during scheduled testimony by former White House aide Harold Ickes at a Senate hearing. Ickes, who oversaw Clinton's reelection campaign as deputy White House chief of staff, was likely to face tough questioning about notes he took during meetings with AFL-CIO leaders. The Governmental Affairs Committee is looking for proof that Democrats and organized labor illegally coordinated their campaign forces in 1996.
House Democrats planned to unveil a six-point education agenda that, among other things, will focus on early childhood development, teacher training, aid to rebuild older public schools, and support for public choice. One day earlier, Republicans unveiled an education agenda emphasizing private school vouchers, improved teacher training, and new reading programs.
The FBI leveled spying charges against three Marxist Americans. The spy ring stole documents for East Germany, investigators said.
The Senate planned to vote on an amendment to campaign finance-reform legislation that Democrats call a "poison pill" designed to kill the McCain-Feingold bill. It would force unions to seek approval from rank-and-file members before their dues are applied to political causes they may not support - a move Democrats say would put them at a disadvantage in raising money. Unions have traditionally been strong supporters of Democratic candidates. Depending on the outcome of the amendment, the Senate also may vote on McCain-Feingold, which would ban "soft money" donations.
At a Washington conference on global warming, Clinton said the US would seek realistic reductions in carbon emissions at international climate talks in December. But he provided no timetable or emissions target. Environmentalists have criticized the administration for not being more specific, noting that Europeans for months have said they would seek to freeze emissions at 15 percent below 1990 levels. Such levels would be unrealistic for the US, the White House said.
Jury selection began in Sacramento, Calif., for the trial of Theodore Kaczynski. The accused Unabomber faces 10 felony counts related to two fatal bombings there and two other blasts that seriously injured professors. The trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 12.
The Clinton administration criticized Japan and China for not removing trade barriers fast enough. US and Japanese negotiators began three days of talks in San Francisco to discuss implementation of a 1995 agreement in which Japan pledged to lower barriers to the sale of US-made cars and car parts. And Commerce Secretary William Daley, on his way to Beijing, said China hasn't opened its markets enough to qualify for World Trade Organization membership.
The Clinton administration asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a government policy allowing federal credit unions to enroll new members not in their traditional membership pool. A 1934 law is ambiguous and can be interpreted to let them expand memberships, acting Solicitor General Seth Waxman argued. But a lawyer for banks that successfully challenged the policy in a lower court said the government's position would allow unlimited groups of people to join a single credit union.
Chrysler Corp. announced it's recalling several makes of cars and minivans because of potentially serious seatbelt and steering problems. The recall affects 1995 Dodge and Plymouth Neon models and 1991-1993 minivans.
A senior security official said Israel doubted the sincerity of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin's offer of a possible ceasefire that would end suicide bombings. The offer - accompanied by demands for a full Israeli withdrawal from occupied lands - came as lower-level peace talks resumed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority under the mediation of US envoy Dennis Ross.
Signs of compromise emerg-ed from talks between Russian President Yeltsin and the Communist Speaker of Parliament over their budget impasse. Gennady Seleznyov said Yeltsin told him he didn't want to dissolve Parliament and was open to a proposal for "round table" talks on Russia's most vexing problems. Communists have threatened to veto Yeltsin's 1998 budget and have called for a no- con- fidence vote in his government.