Shays-Meehan campaign finance bill passes in House
The bill, known as Shays-Meehan, would prevent political
parties from collecting 'soft money' donations, which have far fewer restrictions
placed on their use than 'hard money' accounts. Supporters of the legislation
argued that soft money donations allow corporations and wealthy interests
to unfairly influence lawmakers. Opponents protested that the donations
are a legitimate form of political speech.
Several amendments to the proposed law failed to pass House votes last night. The amendments were introduced by Senators hoping to make the bill significantly different from the Senate version, which would lead to months of conference negotiations stalling the legislation. 200 Democrats (including southern Maine's representative, Tom Allen), 39 Republicans and one independent voted for the bill. Only 12 Democrats voted against the measure.
Milosevic defends himself in international court
Prosecutors anticipate that Milosevic will also point to the NATO bombing campaign that aimed to stop his aggression in Kosovo as a crime in itself.
The chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, is expected to summon witnesses from high levels of the Yugoslav government as well as close friends of Milosevic. The Serbian leader has said he will call former U.S. president Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, and British prime minister Tony Blair to the witness stand.
President of Rockefeller University resigns
Levine remains in charge of a campus laboratory; he won recognition in the 1970s for helping to discover a gene that helps to suppress the growth of cancer cells.
Western Falun Gong protestors detained in China
The sect has enjoyed popular support in China and has adherents worldwide, but has run into difficulty convincing Chinese citizens to participate in its political protests. The actions followed the deportation of a Canadian and an American on Wednesday after their arrest for Falun Gong support.
-compiled by James Fisher