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    Dole lends Gingrich $300,000
Loan money is meant
to pay Republican
speaker’s ethics fine.
one of the more unusual financial ar
rangements in political history, was
sealed at a private meeting between
Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole on the
speaker’s Capitol balcony, a perch
with a sweeping view of the nation’s
Mall and monuments.
At that moment Tuesday evening,
Dole, the Republican party elder
statesman and 1996 presidential
nominee, became Gingrich’s personal
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Dole’s good-Samaritan, easy-terms
$300,000 loan to the House speaker
stunned many members of Congress
when it was announced Thursday.
But associates and friends of the
Kansas Republican suggested the 8
year, 10-percent loan was just another
manifestation of Dole’s magnanimity,
a trait that did not always come across
in his failed presidential race.
“Dole just came up with it himself.
I think this is a brilliant solution to a
difficult problem,” said Charles Black,
a longtime GOP consultant and 1996
campaign adviser to Dole.
Dole called the loan “an arms
length transaction between two
friends” and told reporters, “He could
have done better at a bank.”
“I’m a good Republican. I hope my
integrity is intact. I want to help the
pasty, help Newt,” Dole added.
At one point, Dole said, he con
sidered asking former Presidents Ford
and Bush to help him with the loan.
“It seemed it was a responsibility for
the senior party leaders.... But I never
pursued that.”
Some Democrats suggested the
loan itself raised ethical questions,
coming from a new member of a lob
bying firm whose clients include NBC,
the National Football League and en
ergy and transportation companies.
Dole has said he will do no lobbying
with the firm.
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much for noble intentions.
Nevada lawmakers canceled a
trip to tour a legal brothel next
week after the plan was ridiculed
in a newspaper column.
Assemblyman Bob Price, a
Democrat from North Las Vegas,
had called the trip a “fact-finding”
mission to teach legislators about
an industry that he says generates
at least 30 percent of the tax rev
enue in some counties.
In lampooning the tour, Nevada
Appeal publisher and editor Jeff
Ackerman said some taxpayers
might suggest that “except for the
degree of pleasure they provide,
lawmakers and prostitutes might
actually have lots in common.”
Price said phone calls flooded
into his office from people wonder
ing how they could be included in
the tour of the Mustang Ranch
brothel near Reno.
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Defiant in
the face of an influence-peddling scan
dal, Benjamin Netanyahu vowed
Thursday to hang tough through calls
for his resignation.
“We’re not going anywhere,” he
told supporters.
ITie government, and efforts to re
vive the peace process, have virtually
stopped while Israelis wait to find out
whether prosecutors will follow police
advice and charge the prime minister
with fraud and breach of trust.
The police recommendation that
Netanyahu and three key allies be
charged in the scandal has fueled
speculation about — and calls for —
an early end to his stormy 10-month
reign. The prosecutors’ decision was
expected by Sunday.
At his Likud Party’s headquarters
in Tel Aviv, Israel, Netanyahu sug
gested his government was under a
politically motivated attack fa* its poli
cies to keep Jewish settlements in the
West Bank and all of Jerusalem under
Israeli rule.
“The truth will be victorious,” he
told his cheering supporters.
“We are staying in the place where
the people and history put us, and we
will continue to lead these people.”
The scandal stems from
Netanyahu’s decision in January to
appoint Jerusalem lawyer Roni Bar
On as attorney general. Bar-On re
signed after a day in office amid a
storm of criticism that he was unquali
Days later, Israel TV alleged that
the appointment was part of a con
spiracy by senior officials who ex
pected Bar-On to end the corruption
trial of Aryeh Deri, head of the Shas
religious party. Deri was to ensure in
return that the Shas’ two Cabinet min
isters gave Netanyahu the majority
needed to approve the Israeli troop
The truth will be
Benjamin Netanyahu
prime minister of Israel
pullback from most of the West Bank
town of Hebron.
Netanyahu, 47, would not be
obliged to resign even if convicted. But
several allies have hinted they may
bolt the ruling coalition and deprive
Netanyahu of his parliamentary ma
There are, however, several sce
narios that could bring new elections:
■ If no charges are pressed,
Netanyahu could call a vote to clear
his name and campaign as a victim of
the media and elites who never could
accept him.
■ If charges are brought,
Netanyahu might resign or he could
be impeached by a vote of 61 Knesset
■ If charges are brought and
Netanyahu insists on remaining in
office, the Supreme Court could force
him to resign or suspend himself.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court
rejected a request by liberal lawmaker
Avraham Poraz to have the court re
quire Netanyahu’s immediate suspen
Commentators suggested that self
suspension coupled with a quick trial
ending in acquittal would be
Netanyahu’s best bet to clear his name.
“If he’s not charged, he won’t be
able to clear his name and his name
will be permanently smeared in the
public eye,” Tel Aviv University law
professor Zeev Segal said.
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Same-sex marriages nixed;
some benefits to be allowed
HONOLULU (AP) — Negotiators for the
state House and Senate agreed to let voters bar
the legalization of gay marriages, reaching a
compromise plan that also would give same
sex couples some of the rights and benefits
available to married couples.
The compromise approved by conferees late
Wednesday is expected to gain easy approval
by the House and Senate next week. It is in
tended to reverse the Hawaii Supreme Court’s
1993 ruling that found a ban on same-sex mar
riage unconstitutional.
A proposed state constitutional amendment
letting the Legislature restrict marriage to
couples of the opposite sex would be put on a
statewide ballot next year.
Lawmakers also agreed to let gay and les
bian couples sign up as “reciprocal beneficia
ries,” giving them inheritance rights, the right
to sue for wrongful death, spousal benefits for
insurance and state pensions, and similar rights.
The proposal also would offer such rights
to other pairs living together who could not
marry, such as a widowed mother and her un
married son.
Gay and lesbian activists denounced the
compromise, saying it fell short of the equal
rights they would receive if the state Supreme
Court ruling prevails.
“I can’t tell you how upset I am,” said TYacey
Bennett, a leader of Marriage Project Hawaii.
“We had hoped the Senate would have adhered
to its desire to extend civil rights to all people,
and the Senate caved.”
Lawmakers spoke proudly of the compro
mise. Rep. Terrance Tom, chairman of the
House conferees, said it would address the needs
of gay couples while still giving Hawaiian vot
ers “the opportunity to reconfirm their belief
that marriage, the fundamental unit of our so
ciety, is the union of one man and one woman.”
Hawaii’s legal case on same-sex marriages
took center stage in legislatures across the coun
try because the U.S. Constitution says marriages
performed in one state must be recognized in
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