More Subpoenas In The Works
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 11) -- The Senate committee that will probe Democratic campaign fund-raising abuses is readying more than 40 subpoenas, Senate aides said today. The subpoenas from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), will seek information from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Commerce Department, where John Huang worked before he joined the DNC as a fund-raiser. A subpoena also has been prepared for the Republican National Committee, sources told The Associated Press.
Protest Lands Jackson In Slammer Overnight
CHICAGO (AllPolitics, Feb. 11) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson spent Monday night in a Chicago jail after being arrested during a protest against a construction company. The white-owned company, Paul H. Schwendener Inc., had terminated the contract of black-owned Carter's Excavating & Grading. Jackson declined to be released on his own recognizance, telling a judge, "We fight for workers seeking an honorable day of work. I am sacrificing my liberty for their freedom to get attention from the courts, the city, the county and the state." For his part, Schwendener denied that the contract decision had a racial component and pointed out that his company is a business member of Jackson's Rainbow-PUSH coalition.
Congress Urged To Block Family Planning Funds
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 11) -- The Population Research Institute has issued a call to Congress to block additional family-planning funds. President Bill Clinton has asked Congress to release money for overseas family planning programs, citing a panel of doctors and nurses who say the funds are needed to avoid forced contraception or abortions. Steven Mosher, the institute's president, counters that the funds will help create an atmosphere that promotes abortions. The House will take up the issue Thursday.
Clinton Says He Respects Simpson Verdict
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 11) -- President Bill Clinton says he respects the civil trial's jury verdict in the O.J. Simpson case, but has concerns about how white and black Americans see the verdict differently. Asked about the varying reactions to the verdict, Clinton said, "In terms of the way Americans see the world differently, generally, based on their race, that troubles me. I think the only answer to that is for us to spend more time listening to each other and try to put ourselves in each other's shoes and understand why we see the world in different ways, and keep trying to overcome that." Clinton said the nation's different attitudes are a strength, "but...if we're too estranged, if the divide is too great, then we can't hold the country together... But we always need to be working to try to bridge these divides between us."
Morales Decides Against It
DALLAS (AllPolitics, Feb. 11) -- Victor Morales, the schoolteacher who came out of nowhere last year to challenge Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), has decided against another bid for Congress. Morales was interested in running for the House seat left vacant by the recent death of Rep. Frank Tejeda (D-San Antonio). Morales said he would have felt he had to move from the Dallas area to South Texas' 28th Congressional District and did not want to uproot his family. He had called a news conference to announce his candidacy this afternoon, but cancelled it. Morales, who campaigned in his pickup truck, drew national attention with his spirited, if doomed, campaign against Gramm.
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