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News Digest Page 2 Daily Nebraskan Friday, March 30,2001 — __ Sen. Clinton sparks ethics debate ■The former first lady's acceptance of gifts has led to the proposal ofarnle that would prevent such cases in the future. TOE ASSOCIATH) PRESS WASHINGTON—TOe chairman of the Senate Rules Committee is proposing sena tors-elect abide by Senate ethics laws rather than wait until they are sworn in, a rule that might have stopped New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton from accepting some gifts as first lady. She supports the change, a spokesman said. Sen. Mitch McConneflfe measure would make senators subject to Senate rules - including a $50 limit on gifts - as soon as they are certified the election winner. Currently, senators come under the rules only after they are sworn in, some two months latec Also Thursday, Sen. Clinton agreed to co-sponsor legislation that would change the presidential pardon system, a measure inspired by her husband’s actions just before leaving office. The Clintons were criticized earlier this year when they left die White House with $190,027 worth of furniture and other gifts. It is not known whether any of those gifts arrived in November and December, while she was a senator-elect Some of the gifts were returned after questions arose over whether the items were intended as personal gifts or donations to the White House: AMcConneU aide said Thursday that the Kentucky Republican made his proposal without any particular lawmaker in mind. Clinton spokesman Jim Kennedy said die supported the idea. McConnell quietly signaled his inten tion to change the rule last week as the Senate began debating campaign finance reform legislation. His spokesman Robert Steurer said it was now unlikely McConnell would push the change as part of the ongo ing campaign finance debate but could seek the change at a later date. A change in Senate rules requires approval from two-thirds of the members. “We think it’s a great idea,” said Gary Ruskin, executive director of the Congressional Accountability Project, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group that has called for stricter Senate ethics guidelines. The former first lady also faced criticism for the $8 million memoir deal she signed as a senator-elect. Even if the McConnell pro vision had been in place, it would not have applied to her book dead because Senate rules exempt royalties from the chamber’s ban on outside income. The pardons bill by Sen. Arien Specter, R-Pa., would require those pressing for pres idential pardons and commutations to reg ister as lobbyists. The bill also would require disclosure for those who donate more than $5,000 to presidential libraries. Clinton’s spokesman said she believed Specter’s measure was a “common sense disclosure bin” and decided to support it Specter’s legislation comes after con gressional hearings into former President Clinton’s last-minute decision to grant a pardon to fugitive financier Marc Rich. Rich’s ex-wife, songwriter and socialite Denise Rich, contributed at least $109,000 to Sen. Clinton’s Senate bid. She also gave $450,000 to former President Clinton’s library foundation, prompting critics to question whether there was a money-for pardonsdeaL Sen. Clinton also became embroiled in the pardon controversy when it was revealed that her brother, Hugh, was paid more than $400,000 for lobbying to secure a pardon and a commutation. He later agreed to return the money. Senate votes to protect money ban THE AS8QCKFEP PRESS WASHINGTON—The Senate voted Thursday to protect a soft money ban at the heart of cam paign finance legislation from court rulings affect ing other provisions, handing a major victory to supporters of the bill In a57-43 vote, the Senate defeated an amend ment providing that all the major sections of the bill would be nullified if the Supreme Court struck down any one section over First Amendment free speech rights. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Russ Feingold, D-Wis., pleaded with their colleagues to defeat die proposal “This vote on this amendment will decide whether this terribly unfortunate *7- . . and corrupting system continues I ms IS or not,- said Feingold. “This is the the Soft soft money vote, this is where the Senate takes a stand, this is the money tegt VOte, this The vote cleared the path to ic wharo final passage of the bill, possibly as is wnere early as Thursday nigit the The outcome was undecided Senate unhl the last moment, with some , Democrats joining Republicans in taKeS a arguing that the “non-severability” Stand, clause was necessary to maintain ^ the delicate balance in political inis IS me 1^owei between parties and inter test” est groups. If the courts approve only the Sea. Rosa ban on contributions to political rmtmmniA parties, said Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tfenn., re,T* author of the amendment, the _u w s~ money “is going to all flow to the area of least resistance, and that is the special interest groups and that is die unions, and that is the corporations.” The vote came after nine days of debate during which McCain and Feingold had successfully managed to ward off other challenges to their bill, which would ban the largely unregulated soft money donations that unions and corporations make to political parties. It also would restrict some issue ads by private groups on radio and TV 60 days before an election. President Bush, who has opposed the ban on soft money, repeated Thursday that he was open to signing^ good piece of legislation." He said the McCain-Feingold measure "is a bill in progress, it is a bill that continues to change, and IT1 take a look at it when it makes my desk." The Senate earlier on Thursday rejected by 72 28 another challenge to the bill. 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Palestinians ignore Israeli abuse ■Israelis continue to torture Palesdnians,butHhsserArak insists that the Palestinians hold their grouHi. THE AS80CWH) PRESS JERUSALEM — A defiant Yasser Arafat on Thursday dismissed Israeli helicopter raids and warned that the Palestinian uprising would press ahead. In renewed dashes, three Palestinians were lolled. After a week filled with suicide bombings and airstrikes, Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian rock throwers, ages 13 and 17, near the Erez crossing point from northern Gaza into Israel. Eight other teen-agers were wounded. A Palestinian policeman was killed in a clash near the isolated Jewish settle ment of Netzarim, south of Gaza City. Also, one Palestinian was killed and another wounded when Israeli forces opened fire as they tried to enter Gaza by climbing a border fence dividing a refugee camp between Gaza and Egypt, Palestinians said. The Israeli military said it was checking the report In Washington, President Bush, referring to a string of bomb attacks and shooting, called on the Palestinians to "stop the violence. I can't make it any more clear.” He also asked Israel to show restraint and ease restrictions on the Palestinians. Returning from a two-day Arab summit in Jordan, Arafat inspected the ruins of his Force 17 guard headquar ters in die West Bank city of Ramallah, hit in a nighttime raid by Israeli helicop ter gunships. Arafat said the Palestinian uprising would continue despite Israeli measures. Palestinian radio stations reverted to nationalistic songs and calls for a popular uprising, a tone that had faded after the first few weeks of the current conflict which began Sept. 28 after Arid Sharon, now Israel’s prime minister, vis ited a disputed holy site in the Old Gty of Jerusalem sacred to Muslims and Jews and claimed by both sides. Palestinians were defiant after the Israeli helicopter assault die first mili tary action ordered by Sharon since he took office March 7. Arafat said Israeli military measures would not bend the will of his people. He said the uprising would continue “until we raise the Palestinian flag in every mosque and church and on the walls of Jerusalem." Ahmed Qureia, speaker of the Palestinian legislature, charged that Israel was “waging a war against the Palestinian people, against its institu tions, against its security forces.” In Israel, the mood was a mixture of sorrow, shock and anger after a series of Palestinian attacks this week in which a baby and two teen-agers died. Sharon, who says Arafat is responsi ble for the violence, referred to a long range campaign to end the bloodshed. “Restoring security... cannot be done overnight or in one day.” Ariel Sharon Israel’s prime minister Sharon appealed to his people to show patience. "Restoring security... cannot be done overnight or in one day," he 'said. In Hebron, where a 10-month-old Israeli girl was killed Monday by a gun shot horn a Palestinian-controlled hill, Jewish settlers clashed Thursday with Palestinians and cursed their own sol diers for trying to stop diem. Rejecting Jewish law that requires quick burial, and rebuffing an appeal from Sharon, the parents of the dead baby have refused to bury her until Israel recaptures the Abu Sneineh hill, where the Palestinians live. Israeli tanks blasted a building in the Palestinian neighborhood after sol diers saw armed Palestinians there, die military said, but there were no signs that Israel planned to retake the hill, part of the Palestinian-controlled area of the divided dty. A1997 interim accord split Hebron into Israeli and Palestinian zones because about450Jewish settlers live in the center of the dty in homes that were owned by Jews before they were driven out during riots in 1929. Reporter killed in Kosovo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KRIVENIK, Yugoslavia—Mortar shells struck a village just inside Kosovo on Thursday, killing at least two civilians including an Associated Press Television News journalist, as fighting intensified between Macedonian forces and ethnic Albanian militants. NATO-led international peacekeepers set up a field hospital to treat at least 16 wounded, and American soldiers searched for other possible victims in Krivenik, just three-quarters of a mile inside Kosovo’s bor der with Macedonia. The attack on the village came as Macedonia’s government said a successful army offensive had driven back the rebels, who maintain they were fighting for greater rights and recognition for ethnic Albanians in the Slav-dominated country. But the rebels suggested they were merely regroup ing in the largely inaccessible hills. One of those killed in the mortar shelling was APTN producer Kerem Lawton, a 30-year-old British national based in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina. He died of shrapnel wounds suffered when a shell hit his vehicle as he arrived in the village at midmoming to cover the deployment of NATO-led peacekeepers monitoring the fighting. Sylejman “Sulci” Kllokoqi, an APTN cameraman who had left the car to photo graph refugees, said he heard an explosion and saw a plume of smoke. aI saw people lying on the ground. I started shouting, ‘Kerem! Kerem!’ Then I saw Kerem in die car,” Kllokoqi said. Lawton was the 26* AP journalist to die in the line of duty since the news coopera tive was founded in 1848. The Associated Press ■ New York Combs to drop'Puffy1name with release of new album NEW YORK—Sean Combs says he’s not blowing smoke-hete getting rid of his much played . upon “Puffy’* moniker. The rap mogul, who was acquitted earlier this month of bribery and weapons charges, told MTV News on Wednesday that he's dumping the nickname when he comes out with a new album. *Tm not doing it as serious as Prince. I’m not just going to be crazy with it" he said. T just need a fresh start That’s alL” So what will be his new rap name? Actually, he said he would just take one of his other nick names - R EMddy. The rapper said he could even envision a name change ceremony, with another beleaguered celebrity helping him out “So probably, like, the first week in June we are going to have a name change ceremony. Clinton is probably going to change my name. Bill Clinton, I like his style," Combs said. “He is a survivor, they went at him, he is stiD standing." ■ New York McVeigh: Bombing was to avenge Waco, Ruby Ridge BUFFALO — Detailing his motives in the Oklahoma City bombing for the first time pub licly, Timothy McVeigh said he pulverized die building to avenge Waco and Ruby Ridge - and he regretted having killed children because it undercut his cause. “I recognized beforehand that someone might be... bringing their kid to work," he says inanew book. “However, if I had known there was an entire day care cen ter, it might have given me pause to switch targets. That's a large amount of collateral damage" In 75 hours of prison inter views, McVeigh talked to Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck, reporters for The Buffalo News, near his hometown of Pendleton, about how and why he bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The April 19, 1995, attack killed 168 people, 19 of them children. In the interviews, which began in May 1999, McVeigh got choked up while talking about killing a gopher but did not express remorse for the bombing. “I understand what theyfelt in Oklahoma City. I have no sympa thy for them,” he told the authors of “American Terrorist Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing.” ■ Florida Florida bill keeps autopsy photos dosed to the public TALLAHASSEE — Standing beside Dale Earnhardt’s widow, Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill Thursday to keep autopsy photos dosed to die public unless a judge approves their release. The law sprang from an out cry over the Orlando Sentinel’s request to see Earnhardt’s autop sy photos. Teresa Earnhardt led die protests, saying die wanted to protect her family’s privacy The measure, passeaunani mousiy in the Senate on Thursday, makes it a felony to improperly release the records, with a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $5,000 fina Bush thanked the Legislature for handling the bill in what he called record speed. “A tribute to the speed ofDale Earnhardt," the governor said. ■ Mexico Rebels appeal for rights, head back to the jungle MEXICO CITY—Cheered even by critics, the Zapatista rebels made an appearance before Congress to appeal for Indian rights, then announced they were headed back to the jun gle. The 24 masked rebel leaders depart - possibly Thursday - with major political victories. And they leave behind a gift for President Vicente Fox: an agreement to begin the contacts he has repeat edly sought Zapatista Comandante Esther said Wednesday that Fox had given “a signal of peace” by meeting the rebel demand to close seven army bases near their strongholds.