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‘Dolphin-Safe’ Tuna Label Topic Of Senate Deal Compromise Would Lift Embargo On Tuna Caught In Dolphin-Killing Nets Until Effects On Dolphin Population Is Known

The Senate reached a compromise Friday that would allow food processors to sell tuna in the United States even if dolphins were killed when the tuna were caught. But the companies would not be allowed to label the cans of tuna "dolphin-safe." The compromise is intended to end a growing confrontation between the United States and 11 other nations, including Mexico, who operate tuna fleets in the eastern Pacific, over how far Washington could go in determining what methods other nations could use in catching fish sold here.

Gulf War Syndrome Addressed

A Senate committee investigating Gulf War syndrome will hold a hearing in Spokane next month, listening to veterans who suffer from the unexplained medical problems. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee also will ask federal officials to appear at the hearing at Gonzaga University and a companion hearing in Kent, Wash. Sen. Patty Murray, a member of the panel who has pushed for months for a hearing in her home state, said the two meetings will give local veterans a voice in the committee's investigation.

Kempthorne Grills Wildlife Nominee Challenges Clark To Lend An Ear To Bull Trout, Other Idaho Issues

The Clinton administration's nominee to become director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service promised Sen. Dirk Kempthorne her agency's cooperation as Idaho deals with endangered and threatened species issues. During Jamie Clark's confirmation hearing Wednesday before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Kempthorne said attempts to reintroduce grizzly bears in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and to list the bull trout and Bruneau Hot Springs snail for federal protection demonstrated a lack of cooperation with the people and government in Idaho.

Effort To Oust Gingrich Casts Dark Cloud On Gop Air Of Conspiracy, Backstabbing Reflect Conservative Discontent

House Speaker Newt Gingrich escaped a planned coup last week, in a flurry of backroom intrigue that raises new doubts about the speaker's future and the loyalty of his inner circle. "This was, I think, the most serious effort yet to get Gingrich to resign," said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who rebuffed an invitation to join the conspirators. "Everything the leadership does or doesn't do alienates more people who weren't alienated before."

Funds Earmarked To Clean Reservoir

A federal appropriation of $2.5 million has been approved by the Senate for the McCall wastewater treatment plant, part of a large effort to remove pollution from Cascade Reservoir. Wastewater from McCall and the Fish and Game Department's hatchery at McCall flows down the Payette River and winds up in Cascade Reservoir. That contributes to high levels of phosphorus and algae in the reservoir.

Wired Foreign Money Found Its Way Into Dnc Coffers

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, revealed Thursday that wire transfers from a Japan bank may have covered a California man's $325,000 donation to the Democratic Party. Yogesh Gandhi contributed the money at a fund-raiser attended by President Clinton and organized by John Huang in May 1996. It is illegal for political parties or candidates to accept foreign contributions.

Rep. Smith Proposes Bill To End ‘Money Laundering’ Sweeping Measure Aimed At Cleaning Up Campaign Finance

U.S. Rep. Linda Smith, who has made an overhaul of congressional campaign financing the centerpiece of her U.S. Senate bid, introduced Thursday new legislation to end what she calls immoral "money laundering." She said she will ignore signals from leadership that no substantial votes will be taken on campaign finance bills this year. Public pressure will continue to mount, especially as televised hearings on campaign abuses unfold, she said in a telephone interview.

Top Lawyer Quits House Probe Says ‘Self-Promoting’ Actions Block Fund-Raising Investigation

The House inquiry into campaign fund-raising abuses was thrown into turmoil Tuesday when the committee's chief lawyer abruptly resigned, complaining he wasn't given the authority to run a "professional, credible investigation." At least one other investigator for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee also quit in support of chief counsel John P. Rowley.

Clinton Meets Gop Halfway On Tax Plan But Tells Republicans He Wants Tuition Aid

Professing his eagerness to work with Republicans on tax cuts, President Clinton on Monday offered a spate of important concessions but warned that the GOP must do much more to help the middle class. Clinton's new plan provides for significant capital-gains tax cuts, despite the administration's previous complaints that this GOP priority mostly benefits the rich while doing little to advance its ostensible goal of spurring investment.

Clinton Vows To Veto Cuts In Arts Funding

A House proposal to fund the National Endowment for the Arts at only $10 million next year has brought a threat from the White House that President Clinton might veto the whole $13 billion bill containing the measure. The NEA appropriation is part of larger bill that also provides money for the Interior Department and several other agencies. The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday cleared it for action on the House floor.

Microsoft Antitrust Deal Questioned Senators Seek Additional Investigation

A group of Republican senators, citing concerns that the Justice Department may have gone soft in its long investigation of Microsoft Corp., Friday asked the Federal Trade Commission to conduct its own antitrust probe of the world's largest personal computer software company. Montana Republican Sen. Conrad Burns and two other lawmakers made that request in a letter delivered to FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky. They said they've heard from computer manufacturers and other industry firms concerned about whether Justice's antitrust division is vigorously looking into complaints that Microsoft is violating the terms of a 1994 antitrust settlement.

Panel Backs Immunity In Finance Probe

A Senate committee Friday voted unanimously to initiate immunity grants for four witnesses, who would be compelled to testify about possibly illegal campaign donations to Democrats. In exchange for Democratic cooperation on authorizing the limited immunity, the panel's Republican chairman indicated he would look favorably on issuing more Democratic-requested subpoenas.