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    Republicans want Clinton to admit lying '
President Clinton must state clearly
that he lied in the Monica Lewinsky
affair before the House Judiciary
Committee can consider any alter
native to impeachment, Republican
members said Sunday. But other
lawmakers warned not to ignore
momentum for the lesser action of
censuring the president.
One Republican who has come
out against impeachment, Rep.
Peter King of New York, predicted
that a vote to impeach would fall
short in the House and pursuing that
course could perpetuate the image
that Republicans put the scandal
ahead of the nation’s legislative
“It’s going to make it harder to
get our agenda across. We have to
show that we can lead, that we can
bring an end to this,” he said on
NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
But the move to censure was
complicated last week by GOP dis
satisfaction with what they said
were Clinton’s evasive answers to 81
questions presented to him by
Judiciary Committee Chairman
Henry Hyde, R-Ill.
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Britain denies making
deal for Pinochet
LONDON (AP) - Britain denied
Sunday that it is negotiating a deal to
free Gen. Augusto Pinochet in return
for a pledge from Chile to strip the
former dictator of immunity and
make him stand trial at home on
charges of genocide and torture.
However, the tug-of-war over 83
year-old Pinochet intensified with
human rights activists dismissing as a
“cruel joke” on victims the virtual
pledges by Chilean Foreign Minister
Jose Miguel Insulza to have the gen
eral tried.
A spokesman for Home Secretary
Jack Straw, who has until Dec. 11 to
decide whether to block proceedings
to extradite Pinochet to Spain, said
the decision would be based on judi
cial, not political, grounds.
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I think (Clinton) ought to have to answer
questions ... because the answers that he
gave were evasive ”
Arlen Specter
Republican senator, Pennsylvania
“This censure idea without an
admission on the president’s part is
a political cop-out,” committee
member Rep. Lindsey Graham, R
S.C., told NBC. “I do not want to
have an unrepentant perjurer lead
ing the nation into the 2 P* century.”
House Majority Whip Tom
DeLay, R-Texas, on CNN’s “Late
Edition,” said, “The Congress and
the House have no other option but
to vote impeachment or not.”
Clinton has a chance to directly
confront the committee Dec. 8 when
he or his representatives have been
invited to testify.
One Senate Republican, Sen.
Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said
Clinton should personally appear to
defend himself.
“I think he ought to have to
answer questions and be subject to
examination, because the answers
that he gave were evasive,” he said
on “Fox News Sunday.”
“Let’s bring the president in.”
After that, the committee would
decide whether to recommend arti
cles of impeachment to the full
House, which could take up the mat
ter the following week.
If 218 House members vote to
impeach, action would move to the
Senate, where a two-thirds majority
is needed to convict and remove the
president from office. With opin
ions split down party lines, there is
little chance of that happening.
Palestinian official
walks out of talks
TEL AVTV, Israel (AP) - A stormy
negotiating session ended Sunday with
one Palestinian official walking out and
others saying the latest Mideast peace
accord was in jeopardy, mainly because
of Israel’s refusal to release military and
political prisoners.
‘Palestinians are furious about the
prisoner issue, and tensions between the
two sides have been building since
Israel freed 250 prisoners, 150 of whom
were common criminals, 10 days ago.
“This is a crisis situation, and we
have asked for American intervention,”
said senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb
The Palestinians had expected
Israel to release so-called security pris
oners - those who fought the Israeli
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
Regulators to announce
change in hospital law
als can’t delay or deny emergency
room care just because a patient’s
health insurance plan requires per
mission before treatment, govern
ment regulators are ready to
announce this week.
A 1986 law bars hospital emer
gency rooms from refusing to exam
ine and stabilize patients who can’t
pay. Now, federal officials will use
the “patient dumping” prohibition to
ensure immediate care whether or not
insurance pays.
“Despite the terms of any man
aged care agreements ... federal law
requires that stabilizing medical
treatment be provided in an emer
gency,” said Health and Human
Services Department Inspector
General June Gibbs Brown.
The 1986 law was intended main
ly to protect people without health
insurance. However, delays while
emergency room staff consult with
health plans to see if insurance will
pay are on the rise, regulators say. In
some cases, federal officials say,
patients with potentially serious
health conditions have left emer
gency rooms after being questioned
about their insurance.
r ood bank begins holiday donation drive
FOOD from page 1
Wende Baker, executive director of
the food bank, said Lincoln residents
contributed more than 100,000 pounds
of food last year. She said the food
bank hopes to equal, if not top, that
amount this year.
“The need for emergency food
assistance continues in our communi
ty,” she said. “We need to at least
match, if not exceed, last year’s dona
tions to try to keep pace with the need.”
Gooch Foods and Meadow Gold
Dairies co-sponsor the drive. Food col
lected will be distributed to more than
80 charities in southeast Nebraska.
Charities receiving products include
the Lincoln City Mission and the
Salvation Army.
Judy Timperley, assistant adminis
trator of the Salvation Army in
Lincoln, said the food drive is benefi
The Salvation Army uses the food
bank and other agencies similar to it
year-round, she said.
Baker stressed that people need
food year-round and not just during the
holiday season.
“We are dependent on this drive
not only for the holidays but to stock
up for winter months,” she said. “We
need to stock up enough in December,
because the demand for food does not
go away.”
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