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Democratic Party contributor Johnny Chung told Justice Department investigators that then-Democratic National Committee finance director Richard Sullivan knowingly solicited and accepted improper donations from him, the Post also reported. Quoting sources familiar with his account, it reported that Chung, during a plea-bargain deal, said Sullivan personally asked him for $125,000 in April 1995. Sullivan accepted the money despite previously voiced suspicions that Chung was acting as a conduit for illegal contributions from Chinese business executives, the sources added. Sullivan denies Chung's account.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich plans to meet with Senate majority leader Trent Lott today to discuss proposed funding for the millennium computer problem. Earlier, Gingrich announced during a birthday celebration at Zoo Atlanta that Republicans will seek at least $4 billion in emergency spending to solve the problem. Many computers that recognize only the last two digits of a year are expected to fail or malfunction Jan. 1, 2000, because they will read the date as 1900.
Monica Lewinsky's new legal team offered to have her testify that she had sexual relations with President Clinton, The Washington Post reported. But independent counsel Kenneth Starr wants her to plead guilty to some offense as part of any agreement, the Post said, quoting lawyers close to the talks. Meanwhile, two hours of previously undisclosed recordings of conversations between Lewinsky and Linda Tripp depict the former White House intern as infatuated with Clinton and, at one point, angry with him for avoiding her, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The identities of the people who bombed an apartment complex in Saudi Arabia in 1996, killing 19 American military personnel, may never be uncovered, The New York Times reported. It said mistrust on both sides has caused the investigation of the incident to "collapse." The Times said the FBI has withdrawn all but one of the dozens of agents sent to probe the attack. Agents have been denied permission to review evidence or to interrogate suspects, the report said, while Saudi officials have complained of American "high-handedness." The FBI would neither confirm nor deny the report.
Negotiators failed to reach agreement in a General Motors Corp. strike involving about 9,200 workers in Flint, Mich. The strike has idled 88 percent of the company's North American production.
Clinton applauded the success of the Brady gun-control law, but said it should be expanded to keep guns out of the hands of violent juveniles for life. He said the success of the law was proved by a new Justice Department survey, which found it has kept criminals from buying 242,000 handguns since it took effect in 1994 - some 69,000 of them in 1997.
The House gave a strong show of support for campaign finance reform. Legislators voted 254 to 155 to defeat an amendment that would have required an entire proposal, which bans soft-money donations and restricts issue advocacy ads, be struck down if any element of the measure was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The US homeownership rate hit a record high last year of 65.7 percent, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. "The State of the Nation's Housing: 1998" found that more than 4 million people have purchased homes within the last three years. But a wide gap exists between white and minority homeownership: While 72 percent of whites own homes, the minority rate is just 46 percent, the study found.
The US Commerce Department approved exports of US technology to India over the last few years despite Pentagon objections, the Chicago Tribune reported. The technology ranged from high-speed computers to radiation warning badges. In 1995, the Pentagon argued such technology could contribute to India's ambitions to develop nuclear weapons, the Tribune said.
Over strenuous US and Palestinian objections, Israel's Cabinet approved a plan to extend the municipal authority of Jerusalem over eight Jewish settlements on the West Bank as well as other suburbs inside Israel proper. Prime Minister Netanyahu defended the move as a means of improving planning and services without affecting "the status of these areas." The Palestinian Authority said the decision "fired the bullet that will put the peace process out of its misery" and filed a formal complaint with the UN Security Council.