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News Briefs I

Bosnian Presidential Trio Meets


Los Angeles Times
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina

After weeks of international wrangling to force them to sit together, the three members of this nation's new joint presidency met here Monday for the first time since their election earlier this month - and for the first time since war made them bitter enemies.

The presidency is one of the crucial, over-arching institutions aimed at loosely joining the war-torn country's two halves, the Muslim-Croat Federation and the Bosnian Serb Republic.

But the difficulties in orchestrating Monday's meeting - where participants disagreed on everything from venue to time zones - foreshadow the complexity of making the future Bosnian government work.

The parties - Alija Izetbegovic, Muslim chairman of the presidency, his Serb counterpart Momcilo Krajisnik, and Kresimir Zubak, a Croat - met for more than three hours alone in a hotel here, international officials said.

"They have started the process of setting up the common institutions," Carl Bildt, the international official in charge of executing the U.S.-brokered Dayton peace agreement, told reporters.

The three men shook hands and shared cold cuts, Western officials said. Reporters were barred from the meeting.

Kemp, Dole Collect Endorsement From High-Tech Executives

The Washington Post
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.

In the midst of a troubled campaign, Jack Kemp Monday enjoyed what for him was a perfect day. The Republican vice presidential candidate was surrounded by family, football friends, free-enterprising entrepreneurs, and black children whose dreams of a bright future have been fired up by computers in their classroom.

The main news of the day was the endorsement of Kemp and presidential candidate Bob Dole by 225 executives of the high-tech industry, a constituency that has been ardently courted by President Clinton and Vice President Gore.

At the headquarters of Netscape, one of the success stories of Silicon Valley, where the endorsement was delivered, Kemp promised he and Dole would not only cut the capital gains tax by 50 percent, as previously promised, but would "end it by the end of this century" as part of an overall tax reform plan.

"We are going to replace the status quo with the most entrepreneurial America we have seen since the 1920s," Kemp said.

Dole addressed the gathering by phone from Washington, reminding them that when Clinton vetoed a securities regulation reform bill strongly favored by high-tech firms, Dole led the successful override vote. The bill, aimed at curbing what industry officials called "frivolous" stockholder lawsuits, was opposed by the trial lawyers lobby, a major source of campaign funds for Clinton and other Democrats."

Now Clinton has joined Dole in opposing an initiative that would reinstate some of these suits here, proving, Dole said, that "being on both sides has been reduced to an art form by this liberal president."

Voters Poised to Re-elect Clinton Have Low Expectations

Los Angeles Times
LOMPOC, Calif.

Mack "Like the Truck" Conaway, proud proprietor of Coffee Beans & Things, does not, will not, cannot talk politics, but then again, maybe he should not either. Most afternoons a louder crowd congregates at the big round table in the back, an elastic group of hard-right Lompoc's affluent Republicans.

If American voters are, indeed, poised to re-elect President Clinton, as the polls seem to indicate, just what do they expect him to accomplish in a second term? The answer in this graceful little city, seems to be "not much." A middling first term, they figure here, will likely spawn a middling second.

All in all, history will remember Clinton "not very powerfully," whether he serves one term or two, says Democrat Gene Stevens, point man for the Romeos, who carries in his pocket on a recent morning a newspaper clipping with this doleful headline: "Number of Jobs Lost Still Climbing."

"Maybe he'll stop running for re-election and stay in Washington and hopefully do a good job," said a doubtful E.W. Cox.