Peña Confirmation Hearing Delayed
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 12) -- A Senate committee that was to vote today on Federico Peña's nomination to be energy secretary will delay so that lawmakers can question the former transportation secretary on several issues. Among other matters, members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee want further information on any involvement Peña may have had in the Coast Guard's decision to end a contract with a company in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Tucker's Second Whitewater Trial Rescheduled
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 12) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, convicted of bank fraud last May in the first Whitewater trial, has been given another six months to recover from recent liver transplant surgery before standing for his second. Originally set for March, the trial has been put off to Sept. 22 by Judge Stephen M. Reasoner. Tucker faces additional charges from independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr that, along with two partners, he obscured the profits from a lucrative cable TV deal.
Dinkins Won't Challenge Giuliani
NEW YORK (AllPolitics, Feb. 12) -- After flirting with a run against Gotham's incumbent Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former New York Mayor David Dinkins has decided against the idea, according to his aides. Giuliani is up for re-election next November, and despite the Big Apple's Democratic tilt, the Republican mayor is touting a lowered crime rate and, so far, looking strong.
Clinton Watches Jefferson Documentary
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 12) -- Ken Burns screened portions of his latest documentary on Thomas Jefferson Tuesday night in the East Room of the White House before President Bill Clinton, the first lady, several members of Congress and about 100 other guests. Burns, the creator of such notables as "The Civil War," "Baseball" and "The West," selected about an hour from his three-hour work. "Magnificent," gushed the president, adding, "Mr. Jefferson would be proud of you." In addition to the clips, Burns discussed the events of Jefferson's life as well as his ideas on governance and slavery, telling his audience Jefferson is "still the man of the millennium." Added Clinton, "Every American president has been inspired by Jefferson's ideals, affected by his decisions and fascinated by his character." The film airs on PBS Feb. 18 and 19.
A G-7 Summit Job For Ickes
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 12) -- Harold Ickes, the former White House deputy chief of staff, has been appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as director of the 1997 Denver G-7 Summit. The G-7 summit brings together the leaders of the world's seven largest industrial nations and is held each year. In a prepared statement, White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry said Ickes will be responsible for managing the preparations and staging of the meeting. Ickes, one of the main players on Clinton's 1996 re-election team, left the White House after losing the chief of staff job to Erskine Bowles. Ickes has been under fire in recent days over accusations he may have solicited funds for Clinton's re-election campaign while a federal employee, a violation of the Hatch Act. Ickes denies he did anything illegal.
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